Tuesday, April 20, 1999

Bob Braun biography

        • Born: April 20, 1929, in Ludlow.

        • Married: Wray Jean Wilkinson on Oct. 30, 1954. They have three children, Rob, Channel 12 news anchor; Doug, an Herbalife vice president in Los Angeles; and Melissa Pohl of Cleveland. They have six grandchildren, a pair from each child.

        • Radio debut: Hosted a summer Saturday WSAI-AM knothole baseball show at age 13 in 1942.

        • TV debut: Sang on Harris Rosedale's variety show in 1947 on Crosley's experimental W8XCT, six months before the birth of commercial TV here on WLWT.

        • TV highlights: Hired by WCPO-TV in October 1949, three months after the station signed on. Pantomimed songs on WCPO-TV's Dottie Mack Show, broadcast nationally on the DuMont network (1953-56). Won first prize singing on Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts Jan. 14, 1957. Was immediately hired by WLWT and WLW-AM.

        Began substituting for host Ruth Lyons on the live weekday 50-50 Club variety show in May 1957. Took over the show when Ms. Lyons retired in 1967 and continued until Channel 5 canceled the Bob Braun Show in 1984. Moved to Los Angeles in 1984 and hosted talk shows, parades and local specials; did commercials; and appeared in Unsolved Mysteries and Hard Copy re-creations.

Bob Braun's life at 70
Braun reunion May 23
- Bob Braun biography

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