Fifty-five years ago today, Bob Crane gave his final radio broadcast over WICC in Bridgeport, CT, as the station's morning personality. Within a week of his last show, Bob was on his way out to Los Angeles to begin work at KNX, where he would soon establish himself as radio royalty on the West Coast. During his tenure at WICC from 1951 to 1956, Crane was immensely popular, pulling 65% of the audience share (the percentage of radio stations in the listening area tuned to a particular station during a given period). He had been known to receive fan mail from as far away as Alaska, and his wild on-air stunts generated high ratings.
WICC Promotional Flyer.
Bob Crane (right) with Wallie Dunlap.
Courtesy of Bill Dillane and WICC.
On August 19, 2008, Morgan Kaolian took calls from WICC listeners who remembered listening to Bob Crane's radio show. Several people called in with their memories, including one gentleman, Roger, who recalled hearing Bob's program when he was a kid growing up in the 1950s. Bob had been broadcasting out of the Bridgeport Arcade at the time, and he went down to see Bob specifically to get him to interview him on the air. "I went down there purposely as a kid. I think I might have been in seventh grade. I managed to walk around him in circles, and I got his attention, and he did interview me on the air, live. I enjoyed it, and it made my day!"