I had lunch with Bob Hardt today. Bob and I have so many friends in common it’s amazing we hadn’t met until today.
It’s funny how age difference shrinks as you get older. Back when I was finishing high school, Bob came to New York City where he anchored news on WABC Radio and later the ABC Contemporary Network.
I’m not sure he knew it at the time, but he came to what was America’s most influential radio station. WABC was a blowtorch. There will never be another station like it.
He sounds exactly the same. Based on the on-air kidding he used to get about being thin, his shape hasn’t changed either.
We swapped stories and commiserated about radio’s death at the hand of corporations. That part’s sad. We both love what radio was. It was a huge part of our lives.
Mostly it was a good time… a chance to connect with someone I should have known for years. And, I now have a new friend in Palm Springs.