If you ever lived in New England, you probably woke up with Bob
Steele. At one time Steele hosted the number one rated morning show
Like many kids of his era, Steele was fascinated with radio and
crystal sets. He would imitate the way radio announcers talked and
practiced reading ads form the newspaper.
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1911, Steele tried the restaurant
business, boxing and announcing motorcycle races in Los Angeles
before focusing on radio. Attempts to break into radio in Los Angeles
failed, but eventually the radio bug led him to Hartford.
In 1936, Steele realized one of his early ambitions of becoming
a radio announcer when he walked into WTIC/Hartford and won an audition
for staff announcer. In 1943, he assumed the morning drive time
slot on WTIC and began to make radio history.
From the days of World War II until his retirement in 1991, Steeles
wit and warmth provided a touch of security for half a million listeners
every day. Listeners looked forward to Steeles regular features
like Word for the Day and Tiddlywinks which
offered little known facts of little importance.
Bob Steele died on December 6, 2002.
Bob Steele was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1995.
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