Bob Robbins Sits Down with Kerry McCoy on Up In Your Business

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Kerry McCoy interviews Bob Robbins, the legendary Arkansas DJ, on Up In Your Business Friday September 7, 2018.

Guest Bob Robbins and Host Kerry McCoy

Guest Bob Robbins and Host Kerry McCoy

Up in Your Business with Kerry McCoy features a weekly guest every Friday at 2 pm that is an Arkansas business person or notable Arkansan.

Join Kerry McCoy this Friday on Up in Your Business to hear legendary Arkansas DJ Bob Robbins discuss his long history on the airwaves. Robbins has been a fixture of Arkansas radio since 1967, when he began working for KAAY in Little Rock and in 1979 moved to KSSN 96 FM. He stayed with KSSN until the end of 2013 when he left to go to sister station The Wolf 105.1. During that time, he was named Broadcast Personality of the Year by the Country Music Association, the people behind the CMT Awards.

His actual name is Robert Spears and was born in Florida. He lost his father to cancer when he was just one month old and his mother when he was ten. He and his siblings were split up and Robbins was adopted by an air force officer and family and grew up on air bases around the south and eventually in Morocco where he landed his first radio job. He was only fourteen when he began in radio before a tour in the U.S. Navy. After his discharge he spent time working at other jobs including making windows for mobile homes.

In 1967, he received a call from a friend at the Top 40 radio station KAAY in Little Rock. One of the station’s employees who had worked under the name Rob Robbins had passed away. This was when he took on the on-air name of Bob Robbins for the first time.

In 1982, Robbins was the victim of a brutal attack orchestrated by a man who was angry with Robbins for leaving his side DJ job at Troutt’s Kountry Klub owned by Bob Troutt to form BJ’s Star-Studded Honky Tonk with business partners Bill McArthur and James Nelson. Trout had hired men to attack Robbins “to either kill or make it so he could not speak again”. The men were arrested and convicted.

Robbins has also been featured on local television with his show Bob Robbins Outdoors, a half-hour hunting and fishing show that began airing in 2004. He has also appeared in dozens of commercials.

Up in Your Business with Kerry McCoy features a weekly guest every Friday at 2 pm that is an Arkansas business person or notable Arkansan. Robbins is a bit of both.

“Up in Your Business with Kerry McCoy” airs on KABF 88.3 FM in Little Rock live on Friday afternoons from 2-3 pm and listeners can hear the show again the following week at FlagandBanner.com, where there is a podcast, bio on guests, behind the scenes video, plus links to resources and tips discussed on the show. The podcast can also be found on Apple iTunes, Sound Cloud, and Stitcher.

Business owners and experts who want to be featured on Up in Your Business with Kerry McCoy are encouraged to e-mail questions@upyourbusiness.org.

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