Talk Pioneer Les Crane Dies
July 15, 2008 at 1:03 PM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of former KGO-A/SAN FRANCISCO host, TV talk show personality, and recording artist LES CRANE, who died in MARIN COUNTY, CA SUNDAY of natural causes at 74.
CRANE, best known for his spoken word hit "DESIDERATA," which reached number 8 on the BILLBOARD Hot 100 and won a Granny in 1971, hosted 11p-2a PT on KGO in the early 1960's, then launched a late-night talk show on ABC TV in the mid-60's, using a trademark "shotgun" microphone aimed at members of the audience. He later left the entertainment industry to found SOFTWARE TOOLWORKS, a successful PC software company.