Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Website Redesign—And New Direction

Bob Crane: Life & Legacy

We are thrilled to unveil the redesign of our official website (vote4bobcrane.org), which has been renamed Bob Crane: Life & Legacy to encompass all aspects of our work. This includes the National Radio Hall of Fame campaign, Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography, and The Bob Crane Show: Reloaded.

However, as we lift the curtain on the new website, the time has come for us to say goodbye.

We have worked hard over the decades on Bob Crane's behalf. And we have accomplished what we set out to do: tell Bob's full and complete story, and provide honest understanding of who he was as a human being. 

This venture has been nothing short of wonderful. In telling Bob's story, we have met and gotten to know some beautiful people—many of whom became like family. We made a difference in re-establishing Bob's real legacy, and brought a bit of joy and peace to his family, friends, colleagues, and fans. We even managed to rescue Hogan's jacket. We've done a lot. So, as they say, our work here is done. 

With the support and unanimous agreement from all involved, I have decided to end our campaign.

The reason behind this decision is as you might suspect. Sadly, the media circus that focuses solely on Bob's murder and scandal has not ceased, and in fact, over the past year, it has intensified. It has taken a toll on each of us. We have tried to provide better balance for Bob, without demonizing him or propelling him to sainthood. But as one network representative told me, "Nobody wants nice. Nobody's going to care about your book. Nobody wants to hear the good stuff. They just want the dirt. That's what sells." And perhaps he's right. Last week, yet another tabloid article surfaced, and it was the last straw. Enough. 

While we believe whole-heartedly in our work on Bob's behalf, we cannot continue fighting the ongoing battle. It's a battle that will never end, and it's wearing us down. There will always be another headline, another gruesome photo of the murder scene, another heartless commentary, another hostile and hateful message sent to one of us.

On behalf of all of us, I thank you for caring about Bob and discovering his whole story. You have made this journey an amazing one. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Bob Crane on 'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson' — July 2, 1969

If you loved The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, you have Bob Crane to thank for some of it. 

During his last several years at KNX-CBS Radio, Bob Crane devoted an hour of his show to interviewing celebrities. These interviews were a dynamic hit with listeners and celebrities alike, and television producers took notice. So they started pestering Bob to transition from being a radio talk show host to a television talk show host.

Bob was inundated with offers to host his own television talk show, including to replace Jack Paar as host of The Tonight Show. But Bob didn't want to host a TV talk show. He wanted to act. His answer to every single offer of this kind was the same: No. 

Bob Crane's refusal to accept the offer to host The Tonight Show left the door wide open for Johnny Carson, who went on to great fame as the Kind of Late Night.

However, Bob did agree to fill in as a substitute guest host on several television talk shows, and that included The Tonight Show, where he was also a featured guest. Over the years, we had never been able to find any archival footage of Bob's appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, either as Carson's fill-in host or as a guest. And believe me, we've looked! I was happily surprised and thankful when a friend with classic television archive connections sent me a note asking if I wanted the audio version of Bob Crane's July 2, 1969, Tonight Show appearance. 

Hmmm. Let-me-think-about-it— YES!

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was often audio-recorded and sent overseas to our troops serving in the military as part of the United States Armed Forces Radio Network. And this episode was one that was recorded. With the permission of the Carson Entertainment Group, we are honored to share this rare episode as part of The Bob Crane Show: Reloaded podcast.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween 2017!

I have to say, I'm particularly proud of our Halloween episode of The Bob Crane Show: Reloaded, which is the sequel to our Friday the 13th episode. First, we cover some of Bob Crane's suspenseful acting roles, including his role in the film Arsenic and Old Lace, and in Rod Serling's Night Gallery and The Zero Hour. A lot of people don't know much about his acting roles outside of Hogan's Heroes, and they are worth checking out.

But our Halloween and Friday the 13th episodes are so much more than just information sharing. We provide some campy entertainment for you, and we don't hold back!

Somewhere along the way, when I was writing the Friday the 13th episode, I decided to introduce a little storyline. I didn't plan it. The script just morphed into it. As part of the episode, host Eric Senich interviews various spooky "guests"—Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees (neither of whom talk very much, if at all), Carrie, Dracula, and the Wicked Witch. They all ask Eric questions about Hogan's Heroes and behind-the-scenes trivia about the show. The end leaves the listener with a cliffhanger: Dracula has "kidnapped" me and sends Eric a note not to bother trying to find me or it would mean instant death for us both.

"Oh, well, if that's all. I guess I gotta go get her," Eric decides with a shrug, as if fighting Dracula is just another part of an ordinary day in his life.

And that leads right into our Halloween episode. Eric ventures to Romania, risking life and limb, to find me. Along the way, he meets a cast of ghoulish characters—Aunt Abby's ghost from Arsenic and Old Lace, Frankenstein's monster, and wolves and zombies. He gets transported inside an episode of The Zero Hour, and finally, with the help of a descendent of Van Helsing (played by my 13-year-old nephew Adam), he confronts Dracula and "rescues" me. And I use the word rescue loosely!

Now, I have always been a fan of Dracula, from Bela Lugosi to Geordie Johnson (in Dracula: The Series). There's just something about that sharp-dressed/sharp-fanged fellow and his suave demeanor that grabs my attention. In 2010, I even wrote a two-part teleplay sequel to Dracula: The Series (aptly named Dracula: The Sequel), with the hopes of launching a series reboot. Never happened (not yet, anyway!), but the dream lives on. The character my nephew plays in our Halloween episode—Nick—is one of the characters I created in the teleplay. And Eric and Adam did something that I never thought I'd experience. For a brief moment, they brought a part of my Dracula: The Sequel script to life. (By the way, Eric's Dracula impersonation is frightfully fantastic!) And that is pretty darn cool, not to mention special.

Below are both the Friday the 13th and Halloween episodes of our podcast. Get a bowl of popcorn and a handful of candy, and check out these two episodes, which are throwbacks to the campy horror radio dramas of yesteryear. Stay as long as you'd like. Longer, even. And Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Court of Public Opinion: The Mistrial of Bob Crane

Our newest podcast episode was not fun to produce, but it was necessary. In this episode, Eric Senich and I talk candidly about Bob Crane's sex addiction, debunking certain myths and accusations about Bob born from the many inaccuracies contained in Auto Focus, and putting the issue into proper perspective.

  Note: This episode contains some explicit content
and is intended for a mature audience. 
Bob's son Scott Crane denies having said the quotes attributed to him in this 2002 New York Times article. These quotes attributed to Scott about his father showing him pornography are false. His father never showed him any pornography.

Bob's daughter Karen Crane has also gone on record to state that her father never shared his pornography with her. She was completely unaware of his sex addiction until after his murder.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Why We'll Never Endorse 'Auto Focus'

This quote speaks for itself. 

Yes, you read that right. It is unconscionable. It is disgusting. 

The general public watches this film and believes it to be true.

And it is not.

Auto Focus has done so much irreversible damage to Bob Crane's legacy and has hurt so many people from Bob's life, not the least of which are members of Bob's family and his close friends. When I see the pain it causes, I can't even put into words how it makes me feel.

It strengthens my resolve and pushes me to fight harder. Bob's family and friends mean something to me. They have become a part of my life. I cannot and will not just stand idly by and not fight on their and Bob's behalf.

Bob Crane was neither a devil nor a saint. He was human. Nobody is saying Bob was perfect. But not one single human being is perfect. And he was most certainly not the Bob Crane presented in Auto Focus

Not. Even. Close.

Auto Focus is total garbage. It never should have been made.

In 2004 or earlier, as soon as Auto Focus was out of theaters, Scott Crane removed all of his father's pornographic videos from his website. He has spoken to me at length about why he put them up for sale to begin with. He wanted to prove to people that the women in the videos not only knew they were being filmed, but they were performing for the camera; that it was consensual sex; and that there was nothing deviant going on. He told me, "I did the wrong thing for the right reasons." In 2014, Scott destroyed all of his father's pornographic films. The films and the website no longer exist.

Further, Bob's son Scott Crane denies having said the quotes attributed to him in the 2002 New York Times article mentioned here. These quotes attributed to Scott about his father showing him pornography are false. His father never showed him any pornography.

Bob's daughter Karen has also gone on record to state that her father never shared his pornography with her. She was completely unaware of his sex addiction until after his murder.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Bob Crane — Radio Pioneer, Radio Genius

In talking with many people worked with Bob Crane in radio—from WICC to KNX to KMPC, it became perfectly clear to my research colleagues/co-authors and me that Bob was a radio genius. In fact, his radio colleagues often used the phrase "radio genius" when describing Bob and his on-air talents.

After decades of research, we learned that Bob Crane was, indeed, a rarity in the broadcasting industry. He paved the way for future generations of radio DJs, talk show hosts, and personalities. According to so many who worked with the "King of the LA Airwaves" or listened to him on the air during the 1950s through the 1970s, Bob Crane was unique. He had a style all his own. It was a gift. 

Colleagues described watching Bob perform his show as if they were watching "a spectator sport." Listeners to Bob's radio show claimed they never knew what to expect. From commercials to drumming to impersonations and skits to celebrity interviews, Bob worked his magic and wove a program that kept listeners and advertisers at the edge of their seats and coming back for more. It all sounded completely spontaneous, as if everything he did was just springing to his mind, out of thin air.

Some of it was. It was a live show, after all.

Bob had a quick wit, and he could improvise. This served him well because he could think on his feet and rebound when things didn't always go according to plan.

But there was a plan. In addition to his innate capabilities behind the mic, Bob had something else.


You see, Bob Crane didn't just walk into the studio every morning and start talking into the microphone. Oh sure, he made it sound easy, as though he was just casually winging it.

He wasn't.

Bob's entire show was produced through extensive preparation. He worked hard at perfecting his show because he believed he owed it to his listeners to give them the very best listening experience he could offer them. People have a choice. They can buy a record (or today, download a song or album) or turn the dial. Bob wanted to make sure they wanted to to tune in to his show. He wanted his listeners to be entertained. He didn't want his show to be boring. And he did this by doing his homework, by reading the trade magazines, by studying the music artists and record labels, and keeping himself informed of everything going on in the entertainment/music industry.

As a result, The Bob Crane Show was everything but boring. It was captivating. It was wild. It was hilarious. It was dynamic. It was unprecedented.

For this reason and more, we will continue to petition for Bob's induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame, where he deserves proper recognition for his talents in and his dedication to the radio/broadcasting industry.


Excerpts from Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography:

Bob threw himself into his work. He was out the door in the morning before most people were even conscious to arrive at KNX by six o’clock a.m. He would prepare extensively—exhaustively—for his radio shows. He made people laugh, and he loved making people laugh.

Everything Bob did on his radio show was rhythmic, as if he had rehearsed it a dozen times or more. He had prepared for it, retrieved the album out of his growing stockpile records, located the tracks, and decided which ones to use within a commercial. However, his on-air delivery was unrehearsed and unplanned. He had a natural feel for both music and comedy, and as one joke slid into another, he maneuvered through his show the way a cab driver maneuvers through rush hour traffic.

“Bob told me that he had everything prepared in the afternoon,” [Bob's cousin] Jim Senich recalled. “He would never go home when he went off the air. He said, ‘I would stay there so that when I came in in the morning, everything was ready to go.’”

Bob’s son, Robert Scott Crane, explained that his father was a workaholic. “I don’t understand when he slept or ate. The amount or prep work he did for his shows was just amazing, preparing dozens of sound effects that he would play during the show.”

[KNX announcer] Leo McElroy said, “So much of Bob’s show seemed to spring from his brain instantaneously. I think that for many of us, it was hard to tell what was pre-thought and what was something that just suddenly cropped up. He managed to make it appear that it was spontaneous even if it wasn’t.”

In preparation for his show, Bob would read everything he could get his hands on. He was perhaps one of the most knowledgeable individuals in the entertainment industry of his era.

“He would read the paper,” said [KNX salesman] Gordon Mason. “He would always a have a comment or two on the news. In fact, that was important to him because eventually that became part of his on-air material. So he read the paper quite a bit. He was very well informed on world events, and he was very well informed on entertainment events because I think he always had an eye on opportunities, especially if they occurred on TV.”

As had been the case with KNX, KMPC also granted Bob a waiver to perform his show to his liking, with his engineer handling the commercials and songs, and Bob having special dispensation to play other records throughout the show to enhance the performance. He was both prepared and off-the-cuff, producing his radio show as he had done so fluidly in the past.

According to [KMPC engineer Bob Maryon], Bob was a “fascinating, hard-working, and nice man. I’ve worked with some people who have really big egos, and because of that they’re not really pleasant to work with. I never found that with Bob. Bob just wanted to do a good show. He wanted to do it right."

Excerpts from Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography
© 2015 Carol M. Ford
Do not reproduce without written permission from the author.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Latest Acquisition to the Liberty Aviation Museum's Official Hogan's Heroes Display

Ever since the Liberty Aviation Museum acquired Bob Crane's leather A-2 bomber jacket that he wore on Hogan's Heroes (also worn by Frank Sinatra in Von Ryan's Express), along with his entire Hogan's uniform, and Klink's and Schultz's uniforms, we have forged a strong partnership with the museum. In addition to preserving these iconic items from Hogan's Heroes and keeping them on permanent display for all to enjoy, they are also strong supporters of Bob Crane, Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography, and The Bob Crane Show: Reloaded. It's a match made in Heaven. And in Ohio. And I couldn't be happier!

The museum's CEO is always on the lookout for other signature items from Hogan's Heroes. One elusive prop was the coffee pot/receiver. Fans of Hogan's Heroes know very well that Hogan and his men would listen in on conversations going on in Klink's office through the coffee pot that concealed a receiver. The Hogan's Heroes coffee pot is, without a doubt, one of the most memorable props in television history. So we were all on the hunt for it. We knew it was part of a private collection somewhere in the world. But where?

Then earlier this year, that private collector decided to sell the coffee pot at a Hollywood auction. And the Liberty Aviation Museum was right there to "rescue" it and bring it home.

I'm thrilled to tell you that this iconic TV prop is now where it belongs, with the rest of the growing official Hogan's Heroes display! And that's where it's going to stay!

In addition to its many displays that showcase Hollywood in the military, the Liberty Aviation Museum is dedicated to preserving historical military items and vehicles. The museum is home to the refurbished B-25 "Georgie's Gal" and a restored Ford Tri-motor aircraft. They are currently restoring the PT-728, a WWII Vosper PT boat. The museum is also a great supporter of our veterans and active duty military personnel. Donations to the museum go toward helping them preserve such items, as well as honor our veterans and support our military. All author profits from sales of Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography sold through their gift shop are donated back to the museum to help them achieve their goals.

You can visit the Liberty Aviation Museum, which is located in Port Clinton, Ohio, year-round. To learn more about the museum, plan a trip, support and/or join, or browse their online gift store, click here.

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. 

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!

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


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. 

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. The NHTV interview was a terrific experience, and host Bill Dillane and his crew made it very comfortable for us. 

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. 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.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Bob Crane's Unsolved Murder: A Proper Perspective

           Note: Episode contains some explicit content and is intended for a mature audience. 
           You must be signed in to YouTube and over 18 years to watch.

It's difficult to believe that Bob Crane was murdered thirty-nine years ago. I was only eight years old when Bob died during the early morning hours of June 29, 1978, so I don't remember hearing about the crime when it happened. It was several years later, when I was in high school, when I learned of his murder and the scandal that erupted afterwards.

I will be perfectly honest with you. I was pretty upset. I mean, he was Colonel Hogan. Nobody murders Colonel Hogan! But when I discovered Bob's sexual proclivities, I was disgusted. I didn't know how I could ever watch Hogan's Heroes again. Like most people, I only knew what the media told me. And I bought into it. All of it. Because that was all I was ever told.

But over time, as I transitioned from adolescence to adulthood, I started to realize something important. Bob Crane was only human. So what if he was having a lot of consensual sex? It wasn't my personal choice of a lifestyle, but that doesn't make someone a bad person. What was the big deal? I was (and still am) a big fan of Night Court. Why was District Attorney Dan Fielding, the role John Larroquette played to perfection, so acceptable to audiences, when it was more or less the same thing Bob Crane had been doing? Plus, nobody's perfect. We all fall short of that margin. Every single one of us.

I decided there had to be more to Bob's story than just the headlines. I wanted to find out. So I did.

And guess what? No big surprise—there is much more to his story.
  • That's why Linda Groundwater, Dee Young, and I researched, wrote, and published Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography. We talked with two hundred people from Bob's life over the course of twelve years and discovered who Bob Crane really was. And he was very different than how he's been presented in the media since his death.
  • That's why we donate our author profits to various charities in Bob's memory or roll the money right back into what we do for Bob. Because it's not about the money for us. It's about truth.
  • That's why we nominated Bob for the National Radio Hall of Fame. Because he was a radio pioneer who changed the radio industry, and he deserves that recognition.
  • That's why Eric Senich and I are producing a podcast—The Bob Crane Show: Reloaded, which is based on Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography.
  • That's why we keep going. Because Bob Crane has a story to tell, and it's far and away more profound than you are otherwise led to believe.

As we concluded in Bob's biography, after discovering his whole life story:
     Whatever his struggles or disappointments, the compass of Bob’s life always pointed toward the positive. Hopefulness. Compassion. Excitement. Happiness. Courage. He loved completely, supported unconditionally, worked untiringly, and remained “the guy that always assumes no matter what’s in that room, there’s a pony hidden underneath all of that stuff”—a rare optimism that wouldn’t be snuffed out. He knew what he wanted in his work, and he figured out how to achieve it. Most of all, he wanted—needed—to be loved, liked, and accepted. And sometimes, in trying to meet that need, he was tripped up by human weakness.
     At the end of our lives, do we want to be remembered and judged only for our flaws and imperfections? Do we want people to focus in on the specks that mar our heritage and blot out all the good we’ve done? Do we want our families to be reminded of our mishaps and struggles constantly? No. Bob was much more than his struggles and weaknesses. In spite of his flaws, he was a kind person, a joyful person, a talented person, a courageous person—a whole person.* 

On this 39th anniversary of Bob Crane's death, and any time you hear Bob's name mentioned, take a step away from the noise and rhetoric. Remember he was more than that headline. He was human.

Watch the YouTube version of our podcast episode above (it's only nine minutes), and listen to Eric's first-hand account of how the murder of Bob Crane—his father's cousin—impacted his family.

And for just one minute, stop—and think.
*Excerpt from Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography. © Carol M. Ford.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Eric Senich Talks about Bob Crane and Our Podcast on WICC

Exactly one year ago, I was just minding my own business, surfing the Net, looking to see if any of Bob Crane's radio airchecks had surfaced anywhere. Sometimes, although not often, they show up, after decades of being stored in someone's basement or attic. So every couple of months, I go digging. And in late May last year, I found a gem: a Del Moore interview with Bob that Eric Senich had posted on his YouTube channel

If you've been keeping up, you know that Eric is the son of Jim Senich, Bob Crane's first cousin. This makes Eric Bob's first cousin once removed, in genealogy-speak. And if you've read Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography, you also know that Jim is a major contributor to and supporter of the book.

After discovering the interview, I reached out to Eric to thank him for posting it. A few weeks later, on Saturday, June 25, 2016, I met Eric when he attended my book signing at the Barnes & Noble in Waterbury, CT. And from that point on, Eric and I became dear friends. In fact, he is now one of my best friends.

And here it is, one year later, and we have a podcast! Who'd have thunk it! 

On May 24, 2017, Eric was interviewed by Tony Reno on WICC. Many, many thanks to WICC and to Tony for having Eric on his show! During his interview, Eric talked about Bob, his Dad, and our podcast, The Bob Crane Show: Reloaded. Being interviewed on WICC was significant and extremely personal for Eric. Not only is WICC Bob's old radio stomping ground, but Eric's father also worked as a DJ/radio announcer at WICC for awhile—in the early to mid-1960s. The WICC Force is strong in Eric's family!

Eric gave me some major props in his interview, but I'll tell you what—this podcast wouldn't exist without him. Nobody else could hold a candle to or even come close to serving as host. I'm thrilled, honored, humbled, and often very overwhelmed (in a good way!) by all that Eric is and does—not just with our podcast, but as a person and in our friendship. For all kinds of reasons, Eric is the magic that brings this whole podcast to life.

Listen to Eric's WICC interview below, and then, get hooked on The Bob Crane Show: Reloaded! You can also subscribe on iTunes, Google Play-Music, Stitcher, and TuneIn Radio, among others, courtesy of Spreaker.


The Bob Crane Show: Reloaded

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