Monday, October 1, 2012

Seattle's Bob Rivers: On With The Radio Show!

With bad jokes, big hearts and Twisted Tunes, Bob Rivers and his KJR crew keep playing.

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The radio business is changing: Fewer stations, fewer jobs, fewer personalities. But for nearly 23 years, Seattle has been listening to lovable misfits Bob, Spike and "Downtown" Joe Bryant. Since April 1, 2011, after adding Seattle radio veteran Jodi Brothers to the mix, they've been cracking wise from 6 to 10 a.m. weekdays on KJR. The show is consistently one of the top three in its time period with the all-important 25-to-54 age group, along with "The BJ Shea Morning Experience" on KISW and "Morning Edition" on KUOW. 
It's the last remaining local talk/entertainment program on Seattle morning radio — others play music between gabbing, or focus on news. The show — "Bob Rivers Twisted Radio" on KISW from late 1989 through August 2000, "The Bob Rivers Show" from 2001 through September 2010 on KZOK, and now on KJR — is stronger than ever.
Everything's rainbows and great ratings now, but the incredible longevity, the easy chemistry and current success of these radio survivors has been hard-earned. Their long, strange trip has included failed contract negotiations, cast changes, rehab, a lot of work and a recent health scare. But as the show and its players have evolved, there has also been laughter, love, support and family. Always, family — on and off the air.

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