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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For more about Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography, which was published on September 17, 2015, visit http://www.vote4bobcrane.org/book.html