American Radio Personality, Musician,
Actor, Director, Writer, Humanitarian
Innovative, cutting edge, and way ahead of his time, Bob Crane has been called a radio genius by those who worked with him and knew him well. He is one of radio's unsung pioneers, spending 15 consecutive years behind the mic from one coast to the other and staying close to the broadcasting medium for his entire life. During those years, he did things in radio that had rarely, if ever, been done before, such as getting special permission from the Broadcast Engineers' Union to play his own records. Further, while he prepared extensively for his show, everything he did on the air—every sound effect, gimmick, joke, skit, and quip—was spontaneous. Nothing was rehearsed. While he is perhaps most recognized for his role as Colonel Robert E. Hogan on Hogan's Heroes, Bob Crane can be credited with paving the way for radio personalities and disc jockeys for generations to come.
Selection Process for the National Radio Hall of Fame
The National Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2013 has been announced, and Bob Crane will not be inducted this year. We will, however, continue to petition the Steering Committee for Bob Crane's inclusion in the National Radio Hall of Fame. Our campaign is now a general awareness campaign, not only for the National Radio Hall of Fame, but for other similar causes.
Why the Title "Vote For Bob Crane?"
The title "Vote For Bob Crane" was created because the National Radio Hall of Fame used to allow public voting as part of their selection process. Thus, we needed to raise and build public awareness so people could literally vote for Bob Crane for his posthumous induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame via their official election ballot. Public voting was suspended indefinitely in 2012, but that was long after our title "Vote For Bob Crane" had been firmly established. We decided to keep the title, however, because it had become recognizable with our cause and efforts. That said, even though public voting no longer exists, we can still figuratively "vote" for Bob by showing our support for his proper and rightful recognition in places such as the National Radio Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his extensive and groundbreaking work in radio, television, and the entertainment field.
New, Serious Biography
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To hear segments of "The Bob Crane Show," including commercials, skits, music, and celebrity interviews as aired over KNX, KMPC, and the U.S. Armed Forces Radio Network (1950s-1970s), be sure to check out our blog!