Sunday, July 10, 2011

Celebrate Enarc Week: 7/10 thru 7/16

What in the world is Enarc Week, you ask? 

In 1953, WICC in Bridgeport, CT, embarked on a campaign to promote its various on-air personalities. Bob Crane dubbed his week "Enarc Week." While we don't know exactly which week during the summer of '53 was set aside for Bob, we believe it's rather apropos to give the official designation to Crane's birth week (he would have been 83 years young on Wednesday, July 13th). Incidentally, and in case you didn't already guess, "Enarc" is "Crane" spelled backwards.

Billboard Magazine
August 22, 1953, p. 36
WICC knew a good thing when they saw it, realizing very early on that Bob Crane was a goldmine. To this day, the station and city of Bridgeport still regard Bob Crane as one of their finest and certainly most famous radio personalities. In the book, Only in Bridgeport: An Illustrated History of the Park City, Lennie Grimaldi writes, "Crane added a new dimension to radio, interjecting one-liners between record-spinning. Crane also played the drums and often talked his way into performing with bands at the Pleasure Beach Ballroom" (p. 64).

So in honor of Bob Crane's decades of radio antics; more than 1,000 voices; his dedication to the radio, music, and acting industries; and his upcoming birthday, break out the balloons and party favors, and do something completely off-the-wall and silly this week. And if you can't this week, any week will do!

Bob Crane Show / KNX-CBS Radio
January 1, 1964

Bob Crane / Filler Clip / Welk 1964 by vote4bobcrane

Grimaldi, L. (1993). Only in Bridgeport: An illustrated history of the Park City (2nd ed.). Bridgeport, CT: Harbor Publishing.