Original AWF Radio host remembered as a pioneer

The America’s Work Force Union Podcast staff is deeply saddened to announce the passing of the program’s original host Robert Roy Becker, known on-air as Bob Becker.

Becker passed away on April 12 at the age of 67, following a nearly decade long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

He will forever be remembered for his hard work and dedication, as he played an instrumental role in getting what was then known as America’s Work Force Radio off the ground and being a voice for working people throughout Northeast Ohio.

AWF co-founder Eric Stevens remembered Becker as the perfect candidate to host the show.

“Bob was a master of much and could do a lot of things well,” Stevens said. “Based on his news talent, he was the perfect candidate.”

Stevens recalled the variety of skills Becker possessed. He was able to work in all forms of media and wanted to succeed in each. Becker stood apart from everyone else because of his ability and drive to finish the job, seeing everything he began to the finish line, Stevens said.

“He was a jack of all trades and uniquely a master of all,” Stevens said. “He was a talented human being, he really was.”

Becker was known for his kindness and care for others. Stevens specifically recalled his ability to be compassionate, but firm in his beliefs.

“He was one of the kindest, most gentle people,” Stevens said. “He could hold his own, but was so kind.”

Former AWF Radio Producer Bud McTaggart recalled working with Becker in the early days of the program, especially his dedication to the show.

“He was good,” McTaggart said. “Without him I don’t think there would have been a show.”

Becker kept each program fresh and entertaining for the audience, McTaggart said.

“Becker was the glue of the show,” he said. “When we were working on a shoestring, Bob kept the show authentic.”

Aside from hosting America’s Work Force Radio, Becker was a media staple in the Cleveland market. His work included a position at every level. He was a host, deejay, producer, news director and more. He worked throughout the Cleveland media landscape at the area’s most popular radio stations.

His work earned him an Emmy, Telly and Silver Apple awards. He was also routinely recognized by local media and broadcast associations. Near the end of his career, Becker was a host with the Ohio Lottery.


AMERICA’S WORK FORCE IS THE ONLY DAILY LABOR-RADIO PROGRAM IN THE US AND HAS BEEN ON THE AIR SINCE 1993, SUPPLYING LISTENERS WITH USEFUL, RELEVANT INPUT INTO THEIR DAILY LIVES THROUGH FACT-FINDING FEATURES, IN-DEPTH INTERVIEWS, INFORMATIVE NEWS SEGMENTS AND PRACTICAL CONSUMER REPORTS. AMERICA’S WORK FORCE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING AN ACCESSIBLE VENUE IN WHICH AMERICA’S WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES CAN HEAR DISCUSSION ON IMPORTANT, RELEVANT TOPICS SUCH AS EMPLOYMENT, HEALTHCARE, LEGISLATIVE ACTION, LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS, CORPORATE PRACTICES, FINANCES, LOCAL AND NATIONAL POLITICS, CONSUMER REPORTS AND LABOR ISSUES.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, BMA MEDIA GROUP, COLUMBUS-CENTRAL OHIO BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL, COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA, HEAT AND FROST INSULATORS AND ALLIED WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES DISTRICT COUNCIL 6, KELLEY & FERRARO, LLP,  LABOR CITIZEN MAGAZINE, LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA, NORTH COAST AREA LABOR FEDERATION, MARITIME TRADES DEPARTMENT, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, UNITED STEELWORKERS.

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