'With some reservations, here is more than you'd ever want to hear of Bob Green...'. A modest statement to be sure, because the native of Rochester, New York was simply one of radio's platter-spinning stars in the 1960's. Speaking of Rochester, that's where Green got his first big break in 1958. After starting in Geneva, New York, Bob went to WSAY. By '61, Bob found himself at WKMH in the Motor City. In 1962, he moved south to the Sunshine state for a gig at WQAM.
In just 9 months at 56 'QAM, Bob Green took his audience share from 9% to a 24% of the entire listening audience and was recognized as the city's top radio personality. Then, it was on to WKNR (Keener 13) in Detroit. Bob picks up the story from there. ' Todd Storz and WQAM were of course, at the very start of the tradition of "top 40", and WKNR was basically a transplant of WQAM to the Motor City in 1963. When I went to Detroit I soon brought up Jerry Goodwin from WQAM. Jerry and I then proceeded to bring up Ted Clark from QAM and then we all worked at getting 'Rock Robbins' up from our competition, WFUN. He then became known as 'Scott Regen'. So it was indeed, Miami in Detroit. WKNR was the re-birth of WKMH, where the Hoopers and Pulses (rating services) took us from an 0.9 share to a 16 in 4 short weeks!!
By the time the first year was up, we were sporting 30's!!! All this with a signal at 1310 on the AM dial, with a nighttime pattern that didn't cover the east side of Detroit. The station was a 24 hour cartoon, much fun production and a great staff. We were also in the right place at the right time, riding in on the wings of both Motown and the Beatles popularity. One client (a man of supposed intellect) actually said..."I have trouble getting WKNR up in my neighborhood...but I realize that with all the listeners, the signal's gone by the time it gets up here"'.
Bob worked with other legends at WKNR, including long-time Detroit fave Robin Seymour and future WMCA 'Good Guy' Gary Stevens. In 1972, Green moved to KULF in Houston. A year later, he founded Bob Green Productions, a company offering commercial audio production to agencies and corporations throughout the land.
30 years later, Bob still operates the firm in Houston. When you listen to a Bob Green aircheck, the true essence of top 40 comes through. A tight board, quick quips, enthusiasm, and the ability to 'weave' in and out of jingles, spots, and tunes. That's the hallmark of a radio pro. Bob Green had it in spades. E-Mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.