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Bob Brooks
 

The term 'coast-to-coast' fits Bob Brooks. The Baltimore native cut his chops as a part-time announcer during his sophomore year at the University Of Maryland at College Park on campus station WMUC. He first gained commercial radio notice with his zany characters and impersonations at the 'Mighty 910' WSBA in York, Pennsyvlania from 1976-1982. In 1978, Bob landed a weekend gig at Metromedia 680 WCBM in Baltimore. He commuted up and down I-83 between the two stations a good bit, as Brooks also did fill-in work during the week. During Bob' s stint at 'CBM, Program Director Ray Quinn was replaced by Ben Hill. That development would prove to be a fortuitous development for Brooks. By 1982, Hill left WCBM to program legendary Seattle Top 40 station KJR. In '82, Hill tendered an offer to Brooks and the Baltimorean left 'CBM to take a full-time slot at Channel 95. When KJR abandoned music later in the decade, Bob Brooks moved over to 92.5 KLSY-FM. A while later, KLSY's parent company Sandusky appointed Brooks as the Program Director of Oldies AM 880 KIXI. He's still there in 2006 and handles an air shift in addition to his PD responsibilities.

Brooks says, 'I was born and raised in Baltimore in the 60's and 70's when AM was still king...WCAO, WITH, WEBB, WSID and WWIN, even daytimer WYRE from Annapolis were the greats! Brooks adds he was privileged to work with some great DJ's too. 'Lan Roberts formerly of KJR recently passed away after battling lung problems for some time. I lightly crossed his tracks when I worked at 95 KJR-Seattle. Lan had departed by then, but was in town a few times and I was lucky enough to receive an encouraging phone call from him one night during my 7 to midnight shift. Worked with some (other) legends at KJR as well, Gary Lockwood, Norm Gregory and others. I had been brought to KJR by Metromedia's Ben Hill whom I worked with at WCBM where I was doing weekends and swing from 1978-1982. I was lucky enough to work with some of the greats (at WCBM): Lee Case, Joe Knight, (and) Ken Merson.

You can e-mail Bob at bobb@kixi.com.

A guy whose time in the business was truly fueled by his passion for it. That's Bob Brooks!

  

 
     

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