Talk about the end of an era. Bob Robbins,
the perennially-behatted morning DJ who has ruled the Arkansas radio ratings from atop his throne at KSSN 96
since joining the station in 1979, will be moving to a new morning show with co-host Jennifer Trafford on Clear Channel sister station KMJX 105.1 The Wolf
, Clear Channel Little Rock announced today. The Bobby Bones Show, a syndicated show based in Nashville,
will take over KSSN's morning weekday slot beginning January 2, 2014. The Wolf, with its classic country format, will likely be a good fit for Robbins and his audience. Bones show, meanwhile, is described as a "unique mix of pop culture, news and crazy stunts," with on-air personalities Bobby Bones, Lunchbox and Amy. Never judge a horse by its halter, but... ugh.
Way back in 2004, I wrote a profile of Robbins
for the Arkansas TImes
. At the time, Bob (real name: Robert Spears) had been the number one DJ in Little Rock radio for an unheard of 20 years in a row, while remaining at the same radio station nearly his entire career — which is equally as unheard of in the nomadic world of modern radio. KSSN won a Country Music Association Award this year for
best media market radio station of the year from the Country Music Association, thanks in no small measure to Robbins and co-host Trafford.
Read the full press release about Robbins' move on the jump...
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Little Rock Announces New Programming for KMJX 105.1 The Wolf and KSSN 96 FM
Bob Robbins and Jennifer Trafford to Move to KMJX
The Bobby Bones Show Added to KSSN
Little Rock, Ark. – November 18, 2013 – Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Little Rock announced today new programming for KMJX 105.1 The Wolf, Little Rock's Home for All Things Country, and KSSN 96 FM, Arkansas' Radio Station. Bob Robbins and Jennifer Trafford will move to 105.1 The Wolf and The Bobby Bones Show will join KSSN 96 FM, beginning January 2, 2014.
The Bob Robbins and Jennifer Trafford Show will air weekday mornings on 105.1 The Wolf from 5a.m.-10:00a.m. CST. Robbins began his radio career in Little Rock in 1972 on KAAY-AM and joined KSSN 1979. He helped to build the KSSN brand as a dominant station in the market and has been a champion for the local community – he helped to start "The Toy Hill Weekend," one of the largest toy drives the in the U.S. that benefits the Marine Corps Reserves Toys For Tots campaign. Robbins has also been recognized by the radio industry including a Country Music Association Award for radio personality of the year and a Marconi Award as well as being inducted into the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame.
"It's been a great 34 years helping to build one of America's leading radio stations and I’ve loved every minute of being on KSSN," said Robbins. "I’m looking forward to moving over to The Wolf 105.1 to play the Country music that’s been a large part of my career. I still love KSSN and wish Bobby Bones and all my friends and radio family there, continued success."
"I know Bob is excited to move to 105.1 The Wolf, creating the next chapter in his life and radio career, " said Ron Collar, Market Manager, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Arkansas. "He has been the mainstay on KSSN for 34 years and we appreciate everything he’s done for us."
KSSN will broadcast The Bobby Bones Show weekday mornings from 5a.m.-10:00a.m. CST. The morning show will feature on-air personalities Bobby Bones, Lunchbox and Amy, with special guest appearances from the biggest names in Country music straight from Nashville. The Bobby Bones Show will entertain Little Rock listeners with a unique mix of pop-culture, news and crazy stunts.
About Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Little Rock:
Clear Channel Little Rock owns and operates KSSN-FM; KDJE-FM; KMJX-FM; KHKN-FM; and is part of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. With 243 million monthly listeners in the U.S., Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment serves 150 markets through 840 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on iPads and smartphones, and used via navigation systems. iHeartRadio, Clear Channel's digital radio platform, is the No. 1 all-in-one digital audio service with over 225 million downloads; it reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history. The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online and mobile services and products, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. Clear Channel Media & Entertainment is a division of CC Media Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: CCMO), a leading global media and entertainment company. More information on the company can be found at ClearChannel.com.