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.


New Biography Now Available for Pre-Order!

Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography will be released on September 17, 2015. After twelve years of research, this book will provide 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. 
 

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Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography is being published by AuthorMike Ink Publishing and will be available through all major book retailers worldwide on September 17, 2015. 


Author Appearances and Book Signings

2015 Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention: September 17-19, 2015
Hunt Valley Wyndham, Hunt Valley, MD
Saturday, September 19, 2015 / 1:30 p.m.
Author Carol Ford will present a session about Bob Crane's life and times, and will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hogan's Heroes, which premiered on September 17, 1965.

Capalaba Library
Noeleen Street, Capalaba, Queensland, Australia

Thursday, September 17, 2015 / 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Co-contributor/co-researcher Linda Groundwater will be available to discuss Bob Crane's life and times, as well as researching the book, and will sign copies of the book.

The Book Asylum
26 North Black Horse 
Pike, Blackwood, NJ 

Saturday, September 26, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Author Carol Ford will be available to discuss Bob Crane's life and times, as well as researching the book, and will sign copies of the book.

Doylestown Bookshop
16 South Main Street, Doylestown, PA
Saturday, October 3, 2015 / 3:00 p.m.
Author Carol Ford will be available to discuss Bob Crane's life and times, as well as researching the book, and will sign copies of the book.

Bogart's Book Cafe
210 North High Street, Millville, NJ 
Friday, December 18, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Author Carol Ford will be available to discuss Bob Crane's life and times, as well as researching the book, and will sign copies of the book.

Rowan University
Glassboro, NJ

Date, Time, and Location TBD

Bridgeport, CT
Date, Time, and Location TBD


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

Bio.com (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 Radio Interview
Carol Ford Discusses Bob Crane and His New Biography

Connecticut Post
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!