Bob FM

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Bob FM is the on-air brand of a number of FM radio stations in Canada and the United States. The Bob FM format features a mix of classic 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s hits with some current hot adult contemporary singles.

BOB FM stations in Canada are (with the exception of London, Ontario's Bob FM station, CHST-FM) are all owned by Bell Media. Those in the United States are owned by a variety of companies. Bob FM stations are officially classified as variety hits or adult hits by radio research companies.

It was originally named for the "Best of the Best", and subsequently associated with an everyday character named Bob, and it proved extremely successful in its first implementation on Winnipeg, Manitoba's CFWM. It inspired Rogers Communications to license the Jack FM format at many of its stations, Corus Entertainment's subsequent Joe FM and Dave FM brands, and comparable moves at other stations. Currently a syndicated version of the format is offered by Waitt Radio Networks.

The format was largely conceived by Howard Kroeger, a former executive at CHUM, after attending a friend's 40th birthday party. He took the "Bob" moniker from a country music station (then WBOB, today KTLK-FM) that had broadcast in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market of Minnesota to the south several years earlier.

Many BOB FM stations market themselves with the slogan "Turn your knob to BOB"; this was parodied in a Mystery Science Theater 3000 skit in which TV's Frank creates his own radio station and exhorts viewers to "Turn your crank to Frank", satirizing commercials for BOB 100 FM that were playing in the Minneapolis area at the time.[citation needed]

CHUM Limited's CKLY in Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, adopted the format on August 21, 2005, while WLFF in Lafayette, Indiana, jettisoned its country format to introduce Bob to its listeners on December 6, 2007.

Many Bob-FM stations are imaged by Digital Sound & Video, Inc, located in Daytona Beach, Florida.

At least three non variety-hits Bob FM outlets exist, WVTT in Portville, New York, WRBT in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and KLCI in Minneapolis-St. Paul, all of which run a country music format.

The newest Bob FM station in the United States is KVGS in Meadview, Arizona, replaced its alternative rock format.

The newest Bob FM station in Canada is CKX-FM in Brandon, Manitoba, replaced its mainstream rock format.

Bob FM stations in Canada[edit]

Location Call sign Frequency Notes/websites
Brockville, Ontario CJPT 103.7 FM
Kawartha Lakes, Ontario CKLY 91.9 FM
London, Ontario CHST 102.3 FM Purchased by Rogers Communications Inc.
Ottawa, Ontario CKKL 93.9 FM
Winnipeg, Manitoba CFWM 99.9 FM
Brandon, Manitoba CKX 96.1 FM

Bob FM stations in the United States[edit]

Location Call sign Frequency Notes/websites
Abilene, Texas KGXL 96.1 FM
Anchorage, Alaska KBBO-FM 92.1 FM [1]
Augusta, Georgia WDRR 93.9 FM
Augusta, Kansas KIBB 97.1 FM
Austin/San Marcos, Texas KBPA 103.5 FM
Bloomington-Normal, Illinois WBBE 97.9 FM
Boise, Idaho KSRV-FM 96.1 FM
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California KKHK-FM 95.5 FM
Chico, California KBQB 92.7 FM
Eau Claire, Wisconsin WDRK 99.9 FM
Edwards, California KGBB 103.9 FM
Erie, Pennsylvania WXBB 94.7 FM
Eugene, Oregon KEUG 105.5 FM
Fargo, North Dakota KBVB 95.1 FM (country format)
Fayetteville, North Carolina WFLB 96.5 FM
Fort Myers, Florida WJGO 102.9 FM
Greenwood, Mississippi WYMX 99.1 FM
Hampton Roads-Norfolk, Virginia WNOB 93.7 FM
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania WRBT 94.9 FM (country format)
Lafayette, Indiana WBPE 95.3 FM
Meadview, Arizona KVGS 107.9 FM Switched over on October 20, 2011
Minneapolis, Minnesota KLCI 106.1 FM (country format)
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina WYNA 104.9 FM
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma KQOB 96.9 FM
Pascagoula, Mississippi WQBB 105.9 FM
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania WRRK 96.9 FM
Pierre, South Dakota KLXS-FM 95.3 FM
Redding, California KESR 107.1 FM
Reno, Nevada KZTQ 97.3 FM
San Angelo, Texas KELI 98.7 FM
Sedalia, Missouri KSDL 92.3 FM
Spokane, Washington KBBD 103.9 FM
Sterling, Colorado KSRX 97.5 FM
Traverse City, Michigan WZTC 104.5 FM
Texarkana, Texas KBYB 101.7 FM
Tulsa, Oklahoma KBEZ 92.9 FM
Twin Falls, Idaho KIKX 104.7 FM
Washington-Greenville, North Carolina WERO 93.3 FM (contemporary hit radio format)
Wichita, Kansas KIBB 97.1 FM
Wichita Falls, Texas KWFB 100.9 FM
Yakima, Washington KRSE 105.7 FM
Panama City Beach WASJ 105.1 FM

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