Monday, June 6, 2011

Lending a Helping Hand

In addition to a hectic work schedule that started at 6:00 a.m. when he went live on the air, Bob Crane was a tireless volunteer on both coasts. During his tenure at WICC, he served as program advisor for the Bridgeport Junior Achievement and participated in other community events, such as judging talent contests and serving as master of ceremonies for various organizations. Later, at KNX in Los Angeles, Bob was constantly on the move, participating in Auxiliary Lunches, Kiwanis Club meetings, and Cerebral Palsy telethons; making appearances at grocery or department stores to promote local events; and acting as master of ceremonies for countless organizations. Further, Bob held the title of Honorary Mayor of Tarzana, CA; was a member of the Tarzana Chamber of Commerce; and was the Tarzana Senior Ambassador of Good Will. 
TV Radio Life, October 1958

After he moved from radio to television, Bob continued his charitable contributions, volunteering with the U.S. Armed Forces Radio Network, the Cystic Fibrosis Fund Drive, and the Arthritis and Rheumatism Foundation Telethon, as well as hosting the United Cerebral Palsy Telethon on a regular basis.

And the list goes on. To author Johna Blinn, he stated, “One year, I made over 265 personal appearances.”

True, making such appearances goes with the territory of being a radio personality and celebrity. But Bob jumped at every chance, rarely turning down requests from the community or those in need to help out whenever he could.