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Bob Bassett

Bob Bassett was born in Norwood, Massachusetts and raised and educated in nearby Needham. After graduating from high school in 1948, he entered the US Army. During his 3 year hitch, Bob served in the Korean War and received a Purple Heart for wounds suffered in the Korean War. Bassett began his long radio career in 1952 as a part-time announcer at WKOX in Framingham, Mass. His stay there was brief. He was fired for playing Dizzy Gillespie's recording of 'Ooh-Bop-Sh-Bam' between two Sunday morning church services. 'I suppose I upset the station manager', Bob often chuckled in years to follow. He spent the next 4 years with WPEP in Taunton. Mass. It was there that Bob learned the basics of the industry. He joined WHIM in Providence, Rhode Island in 1956. That was followed by stays at WWRI, West Warwick and WSAR in Fall River, Mass. By 1959, Bassett moved to WRVM in Rochester, New York. It was there he discovered an unknown talent named Chuck Mangione and featured the latter's sextet each Saturday evening on the air. In 1961, Mangione returned the favor by writing and recording 'The Bassett Sound'. Later in '61, Bob became a charter member of the new WLKW in Providence, leaving after 10 months to enter television with WPRO in the same city. Hosting the late movie, he was noticed by the management of the soon-to-be new TV station, WTEV, Channel 6. Bob became an original with the station and spent his next 18 years with the outlet. At the same time, he freelanced radio shows with stations in New Bedford and Fall River, Mass. Within 3 months of Channel 6's existence, he was made 'temporary' host of a new half-hour daily talk program, 'Community'. Seventeen years later, he was still the host. 'Community' was the longest continuous show of its type in New England at the time and earned Bob countless awards, citations, and honors. In addition to hosting 'Community', Bassett became Sports Director of the station and handled that responsibility for 15 years. He co-produced, wrote and narrated 'More Than A Champion', a half-jour special on the life of his friend, boxer Rocky Marciano. The program received a New England Emmy nomination. With drugs ravaging the land in 1970, WTEV in collaboration with both New Bedford radio stations and the Standard-Times newspaper, presented an 18-hour non-stop telethon to combat drug abuse. The effort raised $150,000.00 (a princely sum in those days). Bob emceed every hour of 'Countdown to Freedom' , featuring an interview with famed movie director Otto Preminger. Comedy was always a mainstay in Bob's life and he turned a basic Channel 6 giveaway feature into a daily highlight, giving to viewers everything from mini-television sets to bicycles. This earned him the nickname 'Bobby Bicycle'. The first on-camera commercial he did was for Marshmallow Fluff and Peanut Butter, and immediately he was dubbed 'The Fluffernutter Man'. Bob frequently said, 'I never took any one thing too seriously and I was able to bring smiles to a lot of people.' His career to this point was nationally featured in Radio-TV Mirror magazine and numerous other publications. Bob recalled, 'More than anything else, I was most proud to be recognized for my work with retarded citizens', something he performed for years as a broadcaster. Bob left WTEV in 1981 and moved the Washington DC area. He landed a job at WEAM in the nation's capital. He began playing different versions of 'Stardust' each afternoon. This feature became very popular. Bassett's segment was profiled in Billboard, and he began receiving versions of the song from as far away as Switzerland. He hosted a nightly Jazz program and served as one of the emcees at the Kennedy Center for the Kool Jazz Festival. He hosted Benny Goodman's birthday party at the Washington Sheraton in 1983. In September of 1987, Bob joined WITH in Baltimore. His mid-day show quickly gained high ratings. His continuance of the 'Stardust One-A-Day' feature was extremely popular with the Baltimore audience. However one year later, Bob Bassett contracted amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS/Lou Gehrig's Disease) and retired from broadcasting when the disease began to rob him of his voice. Bob and his wife Joannie resided in nearby Columbia, Maryland for more than a decade. Bob Bassett passed away in July, 2000 at the age of 71. A stalwart of New England Radio and TV...and later Washington and Baltimore radio...Bob Bassett was much loved by thousands of fans. E-mnails are appreciated and may be sent to Mr. Bassett's wife in care of Ultimate Oldies Radio.



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