(1927-2004), nicknamed "The King" and "Pigskin Pete", was an American sports talk radio
host who worked in Cleveland
, New York
and San Francisco
. He is widely credited with pioneering the more aggressive, acerbic and attention-grabbing form of the genre, which has since been adopted by generations of sports media personalities, and bringing it to a multi-national listening audience.
Early Life and Career
Franklin was born September 22, 1927 in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts
. His first broadcasting job was for Armed Forces Radio
, and his first radio station job was in 1952 in Oakdale, Louisiana
. "I worked 70 hours a week, and my main job was to get to the station early and kill the snakes with a baseball bat," he said of his Louisiana assignments. "They came out of the swamp to the heat of the generator. And I read the farm news. The glamour of show business."
He later worked at radio stations in North Carolina
, New Jersey
, often as a disc jockey
. He worked as operations director for WOIO
in Canton, Ohio
, before moving to WERE
1300 AM in Cleveland in 1967 to host a sports talk show from 11 pm to midnight.
WWWE in Cleveland
The zenith of Franklin's career came when... Read More