I realize this blog has been dormant for quite some time, but I think I need to blow the dust off it temporarily…
On June 24, 2018, Dan Ingram passed away. For many years, he was on the air at WABC and later on WCBS-FM. He’s also one of the first radio voices I remember as a child. He was funny, and made radio sound fun. Many people will miss him, including myself.
Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature this year. According to the Swedish Academy, it’s “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” From 2006 to 2009, he hosted “Theme Time Radio Hour” on Sirius XM Radio. This recording is from 2006, and he introduces the poem by its original title, “A Visit From St. Nicholas.”
Bob Dylan – “Twas The Night Before Christmas”
For several decades, Bob Rivers was a morning radio personality, with shifts in Boston, Baltimore, and Seattle. He decided to pursue other interests in 2014, but has left behind a legacy of comedy recordings. His Twisted Christmas album is a perennial favorite, as is his parody of the “A Visit From St. Nicholas” poem.
Bob Rivers – “A Visit From St. Nicholson”
2016 has been a rough year for celebrity deaths, so perhaps this one shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.
But it still does.
Last night, I noticed someone made an edit to the Rockline article on Wikipedia with the note “death of bob coburn.” I did some verification, and sure enough, Bob Coburn had passed away:
Bob Coburn, legendary L.A. DJ and longtime host of the syndicated show Rockline, has passed away at the age of 68. He had been fighting stage four lung cancer.
I’ve already written about my personal history with Rockline, so there’s no need to repeat it in this post.
BC was part of the old guard, when the DJ’s voice would make you stop what you were doing and pay attention. For myself, and many rock music fans, Rockline was required listening. It was “appointment radio,” and Bob really helped make it that way. You will be missed, Bob. Thanks for all you’ve done.
Presented without comment.