Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Worth 1,000 Words: Rare Photos from Bob Crane's KNX Days

A picture is worth a thousand words. This is true of photographs of Bob Crane working in radio. Bob was a pioneer in the industry—and an unsung radio pioneer at that. His radio colleagues called him a radio genius. Leo McElroy, who worked with Bob at KNX, said that watching him performing his morning radio show was like watching a "spectator sport."

So many of us wish he were still here to talk with us, even if only for five minutes. But he's not here—his life cut short by the cruel hand of another. So seeing photos of Bob at work, behind the mic, spinning the records, his drum set visible in the background—it's priceless. 



However, to this day, the National Radio Hall of Fame will not acknowledge Bob's extensive and groundbreaking work in broadcasting, and that's a shame. Their reason is simple: scandal. They just will not see past the scandal surrounding Bob Crane. At least that's how it stands right now.

Bob Crane is only "guilty" of consensual sex with adult women, whom he occasionally photographed or video recorded. Keep in mind the key words here are consensual and adult. And yes, the women knew they were being photographed and/or filmed. This was investigated by authorities following Bob's murder and proven as fact.

Bob's addiction goes way back to the 1950s, long before he even arrived in Hollywood. It lasted for decades. But then, shortly before his murder, he realized he was a sexual addict. He wanted to change, so he sought counseling. He was serious about it, too. However, as with any addiction, it was not something he was going to overcome in one day. It was going to be an ongoing, life-long struggle. It was a private battle for him, and him alone, not to be ridiculed or judged. After his murder, however, his privacy was invaded and forced out into the world, with no perspective or understanding. 



Now look at the list of inductees in the National Radio Hall of Fame.


I'm not saying anyone on that list isn't deserving of the recognition. Congratulations to each and every inductee. I'm happy for them, in all honesty. It's a great honor to be recognized in such an institution. But some of those people actually learned radio techniques from Bob. Many on that list respected Bob's work and appreciated his talents. And still some others have had their own set of troubles splashed across headlines.

Should that keep them from being honored for their work in radio? No. But then, the same should hold true for Bob Crane.

It doesn't.

Bob Crane should be honored by the National Radio Hall of Fame. And that's part of why we're here. It's a lot of hard work, researching a man's whole life, writing and publishing his definitive biography, maintaining this blog and all of the social media that go with it, and producing a podcast.

Do you really think we'd still be here, after all this time, spending all of this effort, if Bob Crane had truly been a rotten person? Think about that.

All we ask—members of Bob's family, his friends, my co-authors/co-researchers, and me—is that in the midst of all the noise, you take a step back, stop, and think. 

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For an overview, listen to our preview episode of The Bob Crane Show: Reloaded. Then catch all of our episodes (click here).

Listen to "00. Preview of The Bob Crane Show: Reloaded" on Spreaker.

Friday, August 25, 2017

New Podcast About 'Hogan's Heroes' Star Bob Crane Brings Actor's Story to Life

Below is our official press release about The Bob Crane Show: Reloaded podcast. Feel free to copy and share!
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Waterbury, Conn., Aug. 23, 2017—Bob Crane, best known for his starring role on the popular 1960s World War II sitcom Hogan's Heroes and whose 1978 murder remains unsolved, was the subject of a 2015 biography. Now a new podcast hosted by one of Crane’s relatives brings that book to life.

The Bob Crane Show: Reloaded debuted on April 11, 2017. Hosted by Eric Senich, the podcast is based on the book Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography by Carol M. Ford, with Dee Young and Linda J. Groundwater.

Senich is related to Crane through his father, Jim Senich, who is Crane’s first cousin.

As with Ford’s book, the podcast provides an in-depth look at Crane’s life and career. It contains exclusive audio quotes from many who contributed to Ford’s book, as well as rare audio clips and celebrity interviews from Crane’s KNX-CBS Radio show, circa 1956-1965.

The idea to produce a podcast about Crane came after Ford met Senich in 2016 at an author event for her book.

“I’m thrilled to have Eric on board as host,” Ford said. “I wouldn’t have agreed to do this with anyone else. Eric brings to this project both his voice talents and his heartfelt devotion to his family. Hearing Eric, his Dad and Bob together in every episode is beautiful and truly magical.”

Senich began his radio career in 1991. In addition to working full time for the state of Connecticut, he is the Saturday mid-day host at 95.1 WRKI-FM, a Classic Rock station in Brookfield, Conn., and a staff writer for the Van Halen News Desk. He counts his father and Crane, both of whom held impressive radio careers, as inspiring him in his life and broadcasting career.

“Hosting a podcast is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Senich said. “Carol and I talked about doing this for a long time before we started recording. There are countless podcasts out there, and we wanted to do something different—something that would stand out. I wanted this to honor both Bob Crane and my Dad, and it does. We put a lot of hard work into it, and we think people will really enjoy it.”

Born on July 13, 1928, in Waterbury, Conn., Crane achieved international success as Colonel Hogan on Hogan's Heroes. Prior to that, Crane spent 15 consecutive years in radio. His radio program consistently ranked at the top of audience market shares on each coast.

Crane's murder on June 29, 1978, in Scottsdale, Ariz., shocked the public and garnered massive media coverage. Despite the glare, the crime has never been solved. What did come to light during the investigation was Crane's lifestyle, which included consensual sex and amateur pornography with numerous women. Shortly before his death, however, he had admitted to a counselor that he realized he was a sexual addict and wanted to be healed.

Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography was published by AM Ink Publishing in 2015 and is available through all major book retailers worldwide. A portion of the book's profits are being donated to various charities in Bob Crane's memory.

The Bob Crane Show: Reloaded is available for free on iTunes, Google Play-Music, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio, Spreaker, and other podcast delivery services. Radio stations may broadcast this podcast free of charge upon obtaining written permission from Ford and Senich.

For more information, visit www.vote4bobcrane.org/podcast.html

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Listen to "The Bob Crane Show: Reloaded's show" on Spreaker.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Summer Recap and Future Events

Carol Ford at the IX Center, Cleveland, OH
June 23-24, 2017
The Hogan's Heroes display is owned by
the Liberty Aviation Museum,
Port Clinton, OH
I can't say I'm ever bored these days!

First and foremost, our podcast, The Bob Crane Show: Reloaded,  which is based on the book Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography, went live on April 11, 2017. Since then, we've produced a total of ten episodes, with many more pending and in production. I couldn't be happier at the response we've been receiving. With our rare audio files of Bob and of many who contributed to the book, listeners are saying it "brings the book to life." It's garnering national attention, too. Our amazing host Eric Senich has been interviewed on the air and in print, including on WICC (Bridgeport, CT), WATR (Waterbury, CT), and The Evening Tribune (Hornell, NY), with more interviews pending. Our podcast is also being aired on a radio station in the Midwest. We're syndicated! All of our news and media about the podcast will be included on our main website, so check there for updates (click here).

Carol Ford and Eric Senich
NHTV Studios, North Haven, CT | July 20, 2017
The highlight of the summer was in mid-July, when Eric and I were interviewed on NHTV in North Haven, Connecticut. This was our TV debut, and well, we were both a little nervous going into that one. Okay, I was more than a little nervous. Terrified might be a good word to describe it, with all the butterflies and nervous knots in my belly! But Eric was as cool as a cucumber, carrying the interview like the pro that he is! (As an aside, Eric is truly the only person in the world who could have gotten me to go on television, too!) The NHTV interview was a terrific experience, and host Bill Dillane and his crew made it very comfortable for us. In fact, according to Bill on August 12, 2017, our NHTV interview episode had received the most views on the NHTV website! Many, many thanks to Bill and his staff for inviting us on his show, and to NHTV. The video of our NHTV interview is included at the end of this article.

Carol Ford at the Liberty Aviation Museum, Port Clinton, OH
June 25, 2017
Then, back in June, I was the guest once again of the Liberty Aviation Museum, in Port Clinton, Ohio, which is the official home of the Hogan's Heroes uniform and prop display. I honestly can't thank the CEO and all of the staff at Liberty Aviation enough for their ongoing support. We have a very strong partnership with the museum, and I'm honored and humbled by their loyalty to Bob Crane and helping to tell his complete story. All of our author profits sold through the museum gift shop are donated back to the museum, too. You can support the museum by purchasing the book or any of their merchandise through their online gift shop (click here). I'll be a frequent flyer to the museum, so check back here and on our social media sites for future visits.

The summer may be winding down, but we're gearing up for fall! Next up, I'll be at the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention for the third year in a row, from September 14-16, 2017, in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Click here for more information and to register. There are some great folks affiliated with this convention, and if you're a nostalgia buff, you certainly don't want to miss it!

We have a few other events cooking on the stove, and as soon as they are confirmed, we'll fill you in! 

Again, I can't thank our supporters enough for everything they've done for us and for Bob Crane over so many years. That includes you, his fans! Bob was more than Colonel Hogan. He was more than just a headline. He was a human being, and a good one at that. His story is worth discovering. And that's why we're here—to rekindle Bob Crane's true legacy and tell his story through the recollections of so many who knew and loved him.