Bob Rivers

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Bob Rivers is an American rock and roll radio on-air personality in the Pacific Northwest, as well as a prolific producer of parody songs, most famous for his Christmas song parodies.

Rivers' most recent radio program, The Bob Rivers Show with Bob, Spike and Joe, is broadcast on Seattle oldies station KJR-FM after a previous iteration was aired on another local Seattle radio station KZOK-FM, ending in 2010.

Between late 1989 and August 2000, the show aired on Seattle, Washington Active Rock radio station KISW-FM under the title Bob Rivers Twisted Radio. The Bob Rivers Show was also simulcast on Portland, Oregon "1980s Rock Hits" radio station KVMX (now KXJM) "Mix 107.5" from 20 March 2006 until 5 October 2006, when the station dropped the morning show and switched to a Rhythmic Adult Contemporary format under the new branding "Movin' 107.5".

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WAAF Bob and Zip

Bob Rivers spent almost 6 years at WAAF in Worcester, Massachusetts (in the Boston market), as part of their successful Bob and Zip morning show with fellow on air personality Peter "Zip" Zipfel.

During his tenure with WAAF, Rivers started producing parody and novelty songs, both for the station and for the KATZ/Newcity "American Comedy Network", a radio syndication service that provided comedy material to local U.S. and Canadian radio stations. One of the first parodies he produced was "Breakin' Up Is Hard On You", about the lawsuit and the resulting Bell System divestiture, the court ordered split up of U.S. telecommunications company AT&T's Bell System. The song was sung to the tune of Neil Sedaka's #1, 1962 hit "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" and peaked at #69 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music chart. He followed it up with "Just a Big Ego," a parody of David Lee Roth's version of "Just a Gigolo." It went on to be included on Volume 2 of The Rhino Brothers Present the World's Worst Records and had a music video produced by Steve Rotfeld for Bob Uecker's Wacky World of Sports.

In 1987, Rivers released Twisted Christmas, which contained the Christmas music radio hit "Twelve Pains of Christmas", a parody of the holiday standard "The Twelve Days of Christmas." "Twisted Christmas" was certified a gold record by the RIAA.

WIYY "98 Rock"

In the spring of 1988, at Baltimore radio station "98 Rock" WIYY-FM, as a lead morning show personality between 1987 and 1989, Bob Rivers gained national attention for an 11-day, on-the-air marathon during a Baltimore Orioles losing streak. He vowed to remain on the air until the Orioles won a game. He kept his vow and became a local celebrity among Orioles fans for his pledge.

During his time at 98 Rock, he and WIYY radio collaborated with Sheffield Recording Studios to continue his campaign of 'Twisted Tunes.'

KISW Twisted Radio

After arriving at KISW in Seattle in 1989, Rivers released a second album of humorous holiday-themed music in 1993 entitled I Am Santa Claus (the title track was a parody of Black Sabbath's song "Iron Man").[1] Since then, three other Christmas-themed albums have been released, including: More Twisted Christmas (1997); Chipmunks Roasting On an Open Fire (2000); and White Trash Christmas (2002).

Bob Rivers and his Twisted Radio show have also produced a countless number of regular, non-holiday parodies covering anything from pop culture to politicians, to the various sports teams and players in the Seattle area. These "Twisted Tunes" can be heard for free on his website. CD compilation albums are also available.

KZOK The Bob Rivers Show

In 2001, the cast and show moved to KZOK where it played through September 30, 2010.

KJR-FM

On January 2, 2011, It was publicly announced that the show would return to the air on April 1, 2011 on KJR-FM.[2]

The Bob Rivers Show cast at 95.7 FM includes James "Spike" O'Neill, Joel "Downtown Joe" Bryant, newswoman Jodi Brothers, director Arik Korman and producers Luciana Bosio and Pedro Bartes, a married couple who also contribute nows and jokes on air.

Plane theft

In 2009, Bob Rivers' Cessna 182 was stolen from the airport at which it was based by Colton Harris-Moore, who flew it to Yakima, Washington, landing the plane excessively hard and then fleeing the scene. The Cessna was declared a write-off by Rivers' insurance. Rivers publicly condemned the theft and decried Harris-Moore's legend status, stating, "I'm not a fan of the media frenzy because I don't like the whole cult hero thing, but if keeping it alive helps solve it, then I think it's worth it."

Discography

Studio albums

YearAlbumChart PositionsLabel
US HolidayUSUS HeatUS Country
1993I Am Santa Claus231061Atlantic
1997More Twisted Christmas13
2000Chipmunks Roasting On an Open Fire
2002White Trash Christmas42

Compilations

YearAlbumUS HolidayLabel
1994Twisted Christmas19Atlantic
1997The Best of Christmas Tunes, Vol. 1
The Best of Christmas Tunes, Vol. 2
The Best of Twisted Tunes, Vol. 1
The Best of Twisted Tunes, Vol. 2

Film appearances

References

  1. ^ Delinski, Bernie (December 24, 1993). "From twisted to traditional, Christmas music sells big". TimesDaily: p. 3B. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=UU4eAAAAIBAJ&sjid=TscEAAAAIBAJ&pg=2844,3915091&dq=santa-claus+bob-rivers&hl=en. Retrieved February 26, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Bob Rivers Show to return to Seattle airwaves". The Seattle Times. January 3, 2011. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/entertainment/2013835442_bobrivers04.html. 
  3. ^ former STARTREK.COM : Article
  4. ^ The Bob Rivers Show: Contact Us

External links