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Robert Foster Charles Conners

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Conners Robert Foster Charles Conners, died peacefully at his Marco Island, FL home on November 23, 2014. Bob was born on December 12, 1933 in Clearfield, PA to Robert Charles Conners and Zona Foster Conners. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Mary Ann Conners. Bob graduated from St. Marys Central Catholic High School in St. Marys, PA (1952), and received a BA in Aviation and Communications from The Ohio State University (1986). BC was a preeminent radio broadcaster. His 60+ year career began in high school at WKBI in St. Marys, PA and continued at WJET in Erie, PA. He served in the United States Army from 1956-58. He returned to broadcasting on the west coast at KSON and KDEO in San Diego, CA then with WEEP in Pittsburgh, PA. He came to Columbus in 1964 to work at WTVN and called central Ohio home ever since. His tenure in the morning slot at WTVN began in 1978 and lasted until his retirement in 2011. Well known for the Rally in the Alley, Hiney Gate, and his top rated Saturday morning call-in show, Bob touched central Ohio like no other. There are too many close friends, colleagues and associates to name, but Bob would say he didn't like any of you anyways. BC had a lifelong interest in aviation and was an instrument-rated pilot. He belonged to the Confederate Air Force and announced many air shows at Rickenbacker AFB. He was an active member in the Irish community with the Shamrock Club of Columbus and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus, as well as a long time supporter and promoter of the Charity Newsies and the Boys and Girls Club of Central Ohio. Survived by brothers, Tom Conners of Altoona, PA and Dan Conners (Kathleen) of San Luis Obispo, CA; wife of 37 years, Linda of Marco Island, FL.; children, Kevin (Rachel), Michael (Lori), Mark, and Kathryn Beck (David), all of Columbus, OH; 13 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Although his professional life was very public, Bob wished his death to be private. As Bob frequently quipped that "it is better to be seen than viewed", there will be no funeral or memorial service. Donations can be made in his name to The Boys and Girls Club of Central Ohio, 115 S. Gift St., Columbus, Ohio 43215; Charity Newsies, 4300 Indianola Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43214; or St. Charles Preparatory School, 2010 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43209. Go Bucks, Beat Michigan.

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Nov. 25, 2014
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