Les Crane

Talk-show Host
Born Dec 3, 1933

Les Crane, born Lesley Stein, was a radio announcer and television talk show host, a pioneer in interactive broadcasting who also scored a spoken word hit with his 1971 recording of the poem Desiderata, winning a "Best Spoken Word" Grammy. Born in Long Beach, New York (or the Bronx or San Francisco, according to conflicting sources), Crane graduated from Tulane University, where he was an English major. (Freedman, 1964).… Read More

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1933 Birth Born in 1933.


1958 25 Years Old He began his radio career in 1958 at KONO in San Antonio and later worked at WPEN (now WKDN) in Philadelphia.
1961 28 Years Old In 1961, he became a popular and controversial host for the radio powerhouse KGO in San Francisco. … Read More


1963 30 Years Old In 1963, Crane moved to New York City to host Night Line, a 1:00 a.m. talk show on WABC-TV, the American Broadcasting Company flagship station.
Crane was one of the first interviewers to have an openly gay guest, Randy Wicker, on his television show, in January 1964.
1965 32 Years Old In late June 1965, following a three-month hibernation, it was retitled ABC's Nightlife with network executives having removed most of the controversy and emphasizing light entertainment. … Read More
1966 33 Years Old Crane was married five times. His fourth wife was Gilligan's Island actress Tina Louise, whom he married in 1966 and divorced in 1971. … Read More
1968 35 Years Old In 1968, he was back on the West Coast, hosting a talk show on KLAC in Los Angeles. … Read More
1971 38 Years Old In late 1971, the 45rpm recording of Crane's reading of Desiderata reached No. 8 on the Billboard charts. … Read More


1987 54 Years Old Though Crane thought the poem was in the public domain when it was recorded, the rights belonged to the family of author Max Ehrmann, and royalties were distributed accordingly. When asked about the recording during an interview by the Los Angeles Times in 1987, Crane replied, "I can't listen to it now without gagging." … Read More


2008 75 Years Old Crane died on July 13, 2008, in Greenbrae, California, north of San Francisco, at age 74. … Read More
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