Bob Crane

Bob Crane

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 airevery sound effect, gimmick, joke, skit, and quipwas 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.

Colonel Hogan's Bomber Jacket

We are extremely grateful to the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton, Ohio, and are humbled by their amazing gesture to preserve Colonel Hogan's leather bomber jacket, as well as other signature Hogan's Heroes props, in their museum (click here for more details about their Hogan's Heroes collection). In addition, author Carol Ford will visit the museum on June 11-12, 2016. She will sign copies of her book, Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography, and will discuss Bob Crane's life and career. Plan now to attend!

Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography

Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography was released on September 17, 2015. After twelve years of research, this book provides an in-depth and honest look at Bob Crane's entire life and career, with nearly 200 prominent people from his life having contributed. The release date also coincides with the 50th Anniversary of Hogan's HeroesA portion of the book's profits will be donated to various charities in Bob Crane's memory.   



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 Campaign 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.

Update: July 1, 2015
The National Radio Hall of Fame has decided to return to public voting. Stay tuned for more information!

Current News

In the News
Press Releases

It's About TV
The Real Bob Crane: An Interview with Carol M. Ford, Author of Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography

WLEA 1480 AM (Hornell, NY)
Carol Ford and Linda Groundwater Discuss Bob Crane and His New Biography

The Stamford Advocate (Stamford, CT)
Women's Love for 'Hogan's Heroes' Yields Book Seeking to Clear Star's Name

Gloucester County Online (Gloucester County, NJ)
Hogan's Hero (written by Carol Ford)
Bob Crane Biography: Television Actor (1928-1978)

The Evening Tribune (Hornell, NY)
Radio Legend Bob Crane Found His Groove in Hornell

WKAL 1450 AM (Rome, NY)
Carol Ford Discusses Bob Crane and His New Biography

Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, CT)
Bob Crane, Former WICC Host, Up for National Radio Hall of Fame

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 and YouTube Channel!