Earlier this month, a post on this blog paid tribute to WCBS-FM on the occasion of the station’s 40th anniversary. Sadly, Bob Shannon, one of the voices most associated with the station both before and after the Jack era, officially left the station this week after being off the air for several months due to what has cryptically been described as “health issues”
Bob Shannon is a rare combination of a DJ with a great sense of humor and a great knowledge about the music and artists he played. His “Behind the Hits” website shared many stories about oldies artists, while his weekly show on Long Island’s WLNG offered a wide variety of rarely-heard or cover versions of popular songs. He also demonstrated his appreciation and concern for his audience, taking over the webmaster role of a message board discussing WCBS-FM after the switch to Jack, and hosting one or more ice cream socials for any listeners who wanted to attend. He didn’t have to do that, especially when you consider Bob was unemployed at the time.
Bob’s sense of humor was often self-depreciating. When he had the shift on Saturdays after the legendary Dan Ingram, he always started his show with statements like “Ladies and Gentlemen, you just heard radio’s rendition of the Mona Lisa, now get ready for Paint By Numbers,” or similar analogies. In all fairness, Bob was far more than “paint by numbers”, unless it was done by radio’s version of Picasso. For those of you who never had the chance to here Bob, here’s a quick sample:
On this week’s show, we’ll pay tribute to Bob. We’ll also have the Top Ten @ 10, featuring the songs of July 26, 1956, and continue my friend Bobby G’s theme on “The Rock Show” of songs with girl’s first names. As always, you can listen on 88.1 FM on Long Island, the 88.1 FM link on wcwp.org or the TuneIn app on your SmartPhone. In the meantime, we wish Bob a full recovery and a speedy return to the airwaves. Be seeing you.