Bob Braun


Bob Braun Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Soon after Bob became host of The 50/50 Club, the name was changed to The Bob Braun Show.

    • Rob Braun (Bob's son) is a newscaster in Cincinnati.

    • Bob's funeral was simulcast in the Cincinnati area.

    • Bob's television debut occurred in 1947 when he performed on Cincinnati's W8XCT during Harris Rosedale's variety show.

    • Bob recorded for several record companies including Fraternity, Torch, Decca, and United Artists.

    • A Bob Braun Show reunion was held May 23, 1999 at the Grand Victoria Theater in Rising Sun, Indiana. It was in celebration of fifteen years since the Cincinnati based variety show ended.

    • Bob married Wray Jean Wilkinson on October 30, 1954.

    • Bob began substituting for host Ruth Lyons on Cincinnati's live weekday 50-50 Club television variety show in May 1957.

    • After Cincinnati's Channel 5 canceled his local television talk show in 1984, Bob and his wife, Wray Jean, spent 10 years in Los Angeles, California.

    • On January 14, 1957, Bob won the top $1,000 prize on the Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts television show.

    • Bob made his WCPO-TV (Cincinnati) debut three months after the channel signed on in 1949, pantomiming records with Dottie Mack.

    • Bob inherited WLWT's top-rated television program The 50-50 Club in 1967, when Ruth Lyons retired. He hosted the Cincinnati based show 17 years, until it was canceled in 1984.

    • Bob is buried in Cincinnati's Spring Grove Cemetery.

    • In the mid-70s, Bob briefly hosted a local (Cincinnati, Ohio) game show called On The Money.

    • Bob's 1962 single, entitled Til Death Do Us Part, cracked Billboard's Top 40 hit list.

    • Bob is widely recognized as the TV spokesman for the Craft-Matic adjustable bed.

    • Bob made his radio debut at age 13 in 1942, hosting an episode of the Saturday Knothole baseball show on WSAI-AM in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  • Quotes

    • Bob: It's funny. I started my career on WSAI-AM. And I'm going to wind it up with WSAI-AM.

    • (upon his retirement in November 1999)
      Bob: I've actually had four careers — with Dottie Mack, Ruth Lyons, in California and WSAI.

    • (speaking on his 70th birthday in 1999)
      Bob: I have a lot to be thankful for, beginning with Ruth Lyons. Ruth spent a lot of time grooming me. She was, in some respect, difficult to work with because she wanted you to be your best. She was a big, big influence in my life and my work ethic.

    • (spoken in reference to his battle with cancer and Parkinson's disease)
      Bob: If I could just go back to work, I'd be happy.