Sunday, June 07, 2015

Still Ticking

Bill Diehl and Leanne Cope
Like the TIMEX commercial, a few of our old Broadcast House graduates are still "Ticking!"

I was reminded of that recently, when listening to ABC Radio's "Perspective" and .....Lo and behold there was Bill Diehl interviewing the stars of the great new version of the 1950's musical "An American in Paris."

Which, by the way, has 12, count 'em, nominations for the TONY AWARDS!

The "New Leslie Caron and Gene Kelly" are Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope.

To listen to Bill's interview, go here:

Another of our graduates is Bob Raiford who is still going strong at
Bob Raiford  and  Lee Shephard
88 years old!

He's a regular 5 days a week on a popular syndicated morning show called THE BIG SHOW, with Bob Boy and Billy, heard on over 100 radio stations!

Bob's unparalleled career includes 3 different stints at WTOP, the first at age 25!

Robert D. Raiford

Where were you born?

Concord, NC. December 27, 1927, 5:00am. Room 202 Concord Hospital 

Hometown and high school?

Concord, NC.
Concord High School 


University of South Carolina
BA Journalism, MA Mass Communication. Also attended Duke University and American University (Washington, DC)

Favorite pastime?

Motorcycling, flying, reading, experiencing nature 

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Never grew up! 

Duties with the Big Show?

Commentator and Essayist

Favorite food?

Ice Cream

Favorite movie?

The Wild One

Favorite song?

My Way

Favorite band of all time?

Glenn Miller

How did you get started in this business?

Broadcasting baseball games play by play while in High School. 

Any entertainment background you wish to include?

Johnny Come Lately movie actor. Speaking parts in 28 films. 

Any odd habits?


Marital status?

Married to a good woman, 25-years my junior. 


Four that I know about. Six grandchildren.

What famous person would you like to meet?


If you could be any celebrity for the day, who would it be?

Frank Sinatra

First car?

1940 Packard 

What would be your ultimate vacation?

Going to Heaven 

Favorite saying?

Who says that? I say that.

Best memory on the show?

The Armageddon commentary.

Most interesting guest?

James Gregory

Hopes for the future?

To survive to see it.

Anything else you would like to add?


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