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.
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 Heroes. A portion of the book's profits will be donated to various charities in Bob Crane's memory.
The Bob Crane Show: Reloaded
This podcast, hosted by Eric Senich and based on Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography, will explore the life of Bob Crane. Eric's father, Jim Senich, is Bob Crane's first cousin, and Jim was a prominent contributor to Bob's biography. Eric has worked in the broadcasting industry since 1991 and counts both his father and Bob as major influences in his radio career. To listen to our podcast, click our logo to the left, or find us on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and TuneIn Radio, among others. New episodes will be available regularly, and we hope you enjoy!
© Carol Ford and Eric Senich.
The Liberty Aviation Museum
In September 2015, the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton, Ohio, acquired at auction Colonel Hogan's leather flight jacket (owned and worn by Bob Crane in Hogan's Heroes, and also worn by Frank Sinatra in Von Ryan's Express), Colonel Klink's uniform (worn by Werner Klemperer), and Sergeant Schultz's overcoat (worn by John Banner). Since then, the museum has acquired several other items from the series. Among them was the rest of Colonel Hogan's uniform (shirt, tie, pants, and his iconic 50 Mission Crusher Cap), graciously donated to the museum by Robert Scott Crane, son of Bob Crane and Patricia Olson Crane (Sigrid Valdis). The Liberty Aviation Museum is now the official and permanent home of the authentic Hogan's Heroes artifact and prop collection, and they have big plans for an expanded display to be constructed over the next year. In addition, we have forged a strong friendship with the Liberty Aviation Museum. On June 11 and 12, 2016, Carol Ford was onsite for a weekend-long author event/book signing that included two presentations, and it was a tremendous success! Further, they will continue to sell copies of Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography in their gift shop, with all author profits on books sold in their store being donated back to the museum. Carol will be a frequent flyer to the museum, returning to Port Clinton at least once a year for signings and to give presentations about Bob Crane and Hogan's Heroes. We are extremely grateful to the Liberty Aviation Museum CEO and staff, and honored and humbled by their kind hospitality, generosity, care, and dedication to preserving history and giving back to the community. We encourage you to discover all that the Liberty Aviation Museum has to offer. Please support them by visiting them in person, and/or by donating directly to the museum or shopping in their online gift shop.
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!
In the News
WDTN (Dayton, OH)
Gery Deer — Tributes to Bob Crane (video/news)
WICC 600 AM (Bridgeport, CT)
Tony Reno Interviews Carol Ford about Waterbury, Stamford Author Events (June 23, 2016)
Fairborn Daily Herald (Fairborn, OH)
Author Celebrates Life of Slain Actor
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)
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 (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!