Hobie Wilson hosted big-band radio shows on two Sonoma County stations in the 1970s and co-founded the international Bing Crosby collector newsletter.
He did the Sunday show on Petaluma's KTOB radio and was an on-air contributor at KORK-FM in Sonoma. He shared his extensive knowledge of big band and jazz music and spun records from his vast collection of recordings.
Also, he helped start Bing's Friends and Collector Society and published the quarterly newsletter for three decades until about eight years ago.
His hobby allowed him to rub elbows with some of the greats, including Crosby, Bob Hope and many Hollywood celebrities.
Wilson, a Sonoma County resident for more than 40 years, died of cancer Tuesday at his Petaluma home. He was 80.