I will leave all of my opinions out of this and simply thank Bob for all of the fine work he has done over the past decade. Bob was the first sports talk “personality” that I ever had any interest in listening to and he is the reason I have become a sports talk junkie over the past 6 years.
I think the thing that drew to my to Bob’s show was that he wasn’t a “sports talk personality” putting on some goofy shtick to getting listeners riled up or to be the clown of the industry. Bob was just Bob; he came on the air every morning as himself and I always appreciated that. Bob was an everyman that really knew his Baltimore sports and mixed it up enough to never become stale or repetitive. You could always be assured that when Ray Charles came on you were in for four hours of great insight, dry humor, and Bob speaking his mind.
Bob was and will be my idol in this industry he is supremely talent while never coming across as smug or indignant but rather invited lively discussions about sports without denigrating his callers (even when they deserved it).
I know that Bob wasn’t exactly Steve Jobs on the cutting edge of technology but I think that is what endeared him to so many old school callers and listeners. Bob was about as old school as you can get and in a way that became kind of a cool alternative to the influx of social media hype. He came on the radio everyday for four hours and engaged callers and listeners into a conversation at the end of the bar, everyone was welcome to join in and nobody felt excluded or ostracized for their opinions.
Personally I only met Bob twice and both times he was amazingly gracious and helpful. As I stumbled and bumbled through the King of Baltimore Sports Competition Bob stopped me twice in passing and gave me some invaluable pointers on some of the areas I desperately needed improvement in. I took those words of advice as Bob was a man that I had great respect for and as I stepped into his arena of expertise his advice was taken by me as gospel.
But I digress……Bob didn’t change the game or alter the landscape of the sports talk industry but he certainly left a mark that will be felt for years to come. I know that he has influenced so many of the people in the local industry that he helped to build over a decade ago. He has brought a lot of joy and good times for people as they slaved over paper work at a desk, or drove a truck, or worked construction, or taught our children. Bob was a true talent in the words of Hunter S. Thompson, “There he goes. One of God’s own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”
Bob thanks for the memories and I hope to see you around soon.