About the Campaign

In 1988, the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago inducted the first members into the National Radio Hall of Fame. Since then, those who shaped and transformed the radio and broadcasting industry have been honored annually. Nominations are accepted through March 1 of each year.

Bob Crane
Bob Crane in the WICC/WLIZ Studios.
Courtesy of WICC. Used with permission.
Special thanks to Eliot Dober.

Bob Crane and Radio

While it is generally well known that Bob Crane "got his start" in radio before he became known as Colonel Hogan on Hogan's Heroes, what is not as widely known is how instrumental he had been in shaping the world of broadcasting. Innovative, cutting edge, and way ahead of his time, Bob Crane has been called a genius in radio by those who worked with him and knew him well.

Bob Crane's work in radio spans several decades. Below is his official broadcasting resume, compiled after extensive research using original documentation, including Bob Crane's resume and recorded airchecks, many graciously donated by Scott Crane.

  • March 1950 to December 1950 - WLEA, Hornell, NY (morning personality and program director)
  • January 1951 to April 1951 - WBIS, Bristol, CT (morning personality and program director)
  • April 1951 to February 1952 - WLIZ, Bridgeport, CT (morning personality and program manager)
  • February 1952 to August 11, 1956 - WLIZ/WICC, Bridgeport, CT (morning personality, program manager, program director, and Junior Achievement advisor)
  • September 3, 1956 to August 16, 1965 - KNX-CBS Radio, Los Angeles, CA (morning personality)
  • 1967-1968 - U.S. Armed Forces Radio Network (guest host)
  • 1972-1973 - KMPC, Los Angeles, CA (guest host)
  • January 29, 1976 - WICC, Bridgeport, CT (guest, WICC 50th anniversary)
  • January 1977 - KAYO, Seattle, WA (guest host)

Over the years, Bob did things in radio that had rarely, if ever, been done before, such as getting special dispensation from the Broadcast Engineers Union to play his own records and talking over a record track to introduce the song. Advertisers paid top dollar for airtime to have their products "roasted" by Crane, and celebrities clamored for the chance to be interviewed by him. Further, while he prepared extensively for his show, everything he did on the air was spontaneous. Nothing was rehearsed. With his unique style of humor and entertainment (that included his music and drumming talents), as well as his drive, ambition, and cheerful character, Bob Crane can be credited for 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.

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

 

Nominations/Letters of Support

If you wish to support Bob Crane's induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame, simply send a letter to the National Radio Hall of Fame Steering Committee through the Museum of Broadcast Communications. If you knew or worked with Bob Crane, or work in the broadcasting and/or entertainment industry and appreciate his work, upon your request, we can also add you to our list of official supporters.

Mail your letter of support to:
National Radio Hall of Fame Steering Committee
The Museum of Broadcast Communications
360 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60654-5411

Deadline for Nominations: March 1 (annually)

Deadline for Letters of Support: None


Thank you for helping to recognize a broadcasting legend!