Today would have been the 100th birthday of Connecticut’s own legendary radio personality.
Every day during the week while I was growing up, our family would wake up to Bob Steele and his radio show on WTIC-AM. Story time, the Word-Of-The-Day, school closings, and many jokes that I never understood, but my parents always laughed at were a daily ritual.
For many years I had always wanted to meet Bob but never got the chance. Finally in 1986 I got the chance when I was handed a photo assignment to cover the 50th year of him broadcasting. I day I will never forget.
At the time WTIC-AM was broadcasting out of the Gold Building in downtown Hartford. I was brought up to the broadcast booth and waited till Bob had a break to introduce myself. We got talking about how I got to be a photographer, and he a radio personality. All of this, without missing a beat while he was doing his show.
The hours went quickly while I captured some precious moments of Bob on-air. Little did I know that he would be the host of the longest running radio program in history.
Finally my time was done, and so was his show. He invited me back to sit with him “when I was not working” and he would tell me some “good stories, not the ones you can publish”. I went back several months later and was blessed with many short stories from his past. Without my camera.
After a 66 year career that can never be matched, Bob passed away on December 12, 2002 at the age of 91.
Thanks Boob….ahhhh, Bob, Thanks for thousands and thousands of hours of your great personality.
I know your in front of a microphone at HEAVEN-AM up there!