Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Website Redesign—And New Direction

Bob Crane: Life & Legacy


We are thrilled to unveil the redesign of our official website (vote4bobcrane.org), which has been renamed Bob Crane: Life & Legacy to encompass all aspects of our work. This includes the National Radio Hall of Fame campaign, Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography, and The Bob Crane Show: Reloaded.

However, as we lift the curtain on the new website, the time has come for us to say goodbye.

We have worked hard over the decades on Bob Crane's behalf. And we have accomplished what we set out to do: tell Bob's full and complete story, and provide honest understanding of who he was as a human being. 

This venture has been nothing short of wonderful. In telling Bob's story, we have met and gotten to know some beautiful people—many of whom became like family. We made a difference in re-establishing Bob's real legacy, and brought a bit of joy and peace to his family, friends, colleagues, and fans. We even managed to rescue Hogan's jacket. We've done a lot. So, as they say, our work here is done. 

With the support and unanimous agreement from all involved, I have decided to end our campaign.

The reason behind this decision is as you might suspect. Sadly, the media circus that focuses solely on Bob's murder and scandal has not ceased, and in fact, over the past year, it has intensified. It has taken a toll on each of us. We have tried to provide better balance for Bob, without demonizing him or propelling him to sainthood. But as one network representative told me, "Nobody wants nice. Nobody's going to care about your book. Nobody wants to hear the good stuff. They just want the dirt. That's what sells." And perhaps he's right. Last week, yet another tabloid article surfaced, and it was the last straw. Enough. 

While we believe whole-heartedly in our work on Bob's behalf, we cannot continue fighting the ongoing battle. It's a battle that will never end, and it's wearing us down. There will always be another headline, another gruesome photo of the murder scene, another heartless commentary, another hostile and hateful message sent to one of us.

Yet we will maintain a strong Internet presence for Bob. Our redesigned website will stand the test of time. You can nominate Bob for the National Radio Hall of Fame. You can learn about Bob's life story through the pages of his biography. You can listen to our podcast, which we hope entertains people for years to come. However, no future podcast episodes will be produced. Our social media pages will remain, where fans can connect with one another and enjoy the posts that exist, but we will not be actively engaged in them from this point forward. Finally, our YouTube and SoundCloud channels will also stay in place, but no additional files will be uploaded.

On behalf of Dee Young, Linda Groundwater, and Eric Senich, I thank you for caring about Bob and discovering his whole story. You have made this journey an amazing one. 

—Carol Ford