Thursday, August 12, 2010
Usually, I've spent time writing about people who were part of growing up listening to or working in radio.
Bob O'Brian was different. I was already an adult when he happened on the Columbus radio scene and working weekends at WTVN.
O'Brian arrived in October of 1977 to host afternoons at WBNS-AM. He would replace Jack Evans and Dick Zipf who were moving to mornings at the station(for the long term this time) from the afternoon drive shift.
I'm not sure what was compelling about Bob except I enjoyed listening to his show. Does there have to be a reason?
Bob also "broke" for Columbus audiences a song still remembered by many "Franklin County Woman" performed by local band Rainbow Canyon CD. You can see Bob and two members of the group in the photo in the WBNS studios when it was located at 62 East Broad Street across from the statehouse.
Bob was only around for a few years. He left in April of 1981 to return to family in the Phoenix area. He was replaced by Dennis Carter earlier in his career in the afternoon slot. When he left the station for good, he was hosting mid-days and responsible for on air production.