Radio: Dogcaster No. 1

Effervescent little Bob Becker, middle-aged outdoor editor of the Chicago Tribune, whose patter is peppered with gee whizzes and holy smokes, is No. 1 U.S. dogcaster. Dog-lovers for a decade have faithfully tuned in on his expert Chats About Dogs; his best-selling How to Raise & Train Your Puppy (Sundial; $1) is a standard reference work. Among his own dogs are several blue-ribbon winners. Becker's sideline claim to fame is that he discovered a new subspecies of bat in Bolivia which Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History named after him: Eumops Bonariensis Beckeri....

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