Bob and the Showgram

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Bob and The Showgram
Format Hot Talk
Created by Bob Dumas
Starring Bob Dumas, Erica Delong, Brooke "Peanut Butter" Hoover, Elic Thomas
Country of origin USA
Production
Running time 3 hours
Broadcast
Original channel WDCG
Original run 1992 – Present

Bob and the Showgram is a morning radio show based at WDCG-FM in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. The cast consists of radio personalities Host Bob Dumas, Co-Host Erica Delong, executive producer Elic Thomas and associate producer Brooke "Peanut Butter" Hoover.

Broadcast information[edit]

Bob and the Showgram airs weekdays on G105 in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. A "best of" from the previous week used to air on Saturdays. From August 2009 until June 2010, Bob and the Showgram was syndicated to WDCG's sister station in Greensboro, North Carolina, 105.7 NOW, but was cancelled due to low ratings. The show is a production of the Clear Channel Communications Corporation. The broadcast studio is located in Smoketree Tower in Raleigh.

Dumas, former producer Mike Morse, and former co-producer Jon Clark were co-hosts of a Thursday night country-music themed show on WDCG's sister station 106.1 RDUCountry from August 2008-October 2009. Dumas ended this show because of conflicts with his morning show. Soon after Dumas resigned from this show, Clear Channel, owners of WRDU, announced their intentions to change the format of the station from country to a news/talk format to compete with Curtis Media Group powerhouse WPTF. This change took effect January 1, 2010.

In the spring of 2014 the last hour of Bob and the Showgram was stripped and replaced by, "The Class Reunion" dedicated to classic hits from the 80's, 90's, and early 00's.

Previous hosts and interns[edit]

Mike Stiles was the original co-host with Bob Dumas. At the time, the show was called "The Bob and Mike Show." In the mid nineties Mike was replaced with Madison Lane. The show was renamed "The Showgram with Bob and Madison." Madison then left G105 in 2004 for another Raleigh/Clear Channel station, WRSN-FM Sunny 93.9. She reportedly left over creative differences with Bob Dumas. Mike Morse, Amy Bristol, Kristin Klingshirn (aka "Kentucky Kristin"), and Erica DeLong have been all been cohosts since that time. It has been said Bristol was released also due to creative differences with Dumas. It was also rumored that Bristol was showing an attitude, acting unprofessional while on air, and would show up late to shifts and events. She was therefore terminated.[citation needed]

The show also features a number of broadcast interns who have come and gone over the course of the production. In 1999 Mark Kaye was the producer alongside John "Big Flash" Hartnett. Mark Kaye is now morning-drive host at WAPE in Jacksonville, Florida. During the following year the Showgram was known for numerous stunts and on air gimmicks which led them to being the #1 consecutive morning show in the Raleigh market. Kaye left to host a morning show in Washington D.C. and "Big Flash" was let go due to creative changes. Tommy Owen (the original Flash) replaced Kaye after taking a hiatus from the show. After 2 years on the show he left the Showgram to follow a new career path. In 2001, Erica DeLong known on-air as "Erica the Intern" joined the crew, shortly after she was hired as an on-air producer. She was later laid off by the station because of the Early 2000s recession. In early 2006 there was an on-air competition to find a new intern after "Intern Ben" returned to his native Canada. One of the more high-profile interns was referred to as "Racist Rodney" for his typical "that's racist!" reaction to statements made on the show, particularly those made by Dumas. During the middle of 2006, another intern, "Fried Rice," joined the show. He was known for believing that he was a member of the African-American race. Racist Rodney, along with several other African-American members of the show's audience, accepted Fried Rice's self-description as an African-American. Racist Rodney and Fried Rice were best known for sticking together and speaking out for the African-American community, because they were occasionally subjected to racist comments from host Bob Dumas. In January 2007, interns Racist Rodney and Fried Rice left the show in hopes of beginning a career in the hip-hop industry. The summer of 2011 saw the development of popular interns "Peanut Butter" and "Jelly". Peanut Butter was also a semi-finalist in the search for a new co-host that same summer.

On July 21, 2011, it was announced on-air that Kentucky Kristin would be departing the show to take a broadcast position in Atlanta with The Bert Show that provided her with an increase in salary. The other hosts simultaneously announced the beginning of a search for a new female member of the broadcast team. In August, Dumas decided to bring back Erica DeLong as the new female co-host. This, along with more music playing, signaled a decline in the Showgram.

On September 19, 2011, it was announced that Jon Clark was no longer part of the Showgram for undisclosed reasons. Bob Dumas stated that it was "part of the business" and not a Showgram thing. Bob has said he will not comment about the incident any further. Fans created a Facebook page to "Bring Back Weird Creepy Jon", but to no avail. Brooke "Peanut Butter" Hoover has since taken over the role that Jon Clark held on the show as producer. Clark went back to his hometown in Virginia. He now is an associate producer for a station in Roanoke, Virginia. It has been said Clark damaged some station property and lied about committing the act. This information has neither been confirmed or denied.

On July 23, 2012, the Showgram was to return "Live" coming back from vacation, instead "Best of" continued to play. It was confirmed and announced that Executive Producer Mike Morse was no longer part of the Showgram. Morse confirmed he was no longer part of the show on his Facebook page. In May of 2013, Mike joined as co-host of WNCN's 'My Carolina Today'. He has since moved to Dallas to be executive producer for a morning show there.

On August 13, 2012, Michael "Breeze" Rackoff became the new Executive Producer of the Showgram. Breeze joined the Showgram after being a producer of The Ace & TJ Show for the past five and a half years. After just over 3 months of being on the show and being made to feel generally unwelcome by listeners, as well as co-hosts Bob Dumas, Erica DeLonge and Brooke Hoover, Breeze asked to be reassigned to another job within the company or let go. On Monday, November 19, 2012, he was terminated.[1] The show has yet to address or acknowledge his departure. Several fans that have spoken to Breeze have learned that the Christmas parade was indeed the idea of Bob and that Breeze asked to be excused from the meeting where the idea was finalized. This led to Dumas asking management to terminate Breeze as to take the heat off of him. Breeze was recently announced as the Executive Producer on the Drex and Maney morning show on 95.1 Kiss FM in Charlotte. According to Breeze he holds no ill will towards The Showgram and repeatedly states that he still loves Dumas and respects his contributions to the radio industry and to him personally. Months after, Elic Thomas rejoined the show as executive producer in March, 2013

Controversies[edit]

"Bob and the Showgram" has a history of controversial broadcasts and subsequent disciplinary actions. Bob Dumas is a self-proclaimed "narcissistic redneck" and often makes statements which take on an inflammatory note against non-Christians and Harry Potter fans. Dumas even refused to play "Guitar Hero" based on the fact "satan" showed up at the end of the game.

Encouraging drivers to terrorize bicyclists[edit]

On September 22 and 23 of 2003, Dumas encouraged listeners to call in and relate stories about how they terrorized bicyclists. In the course of that show, he said that he kept empty bottles in his vehicle so that he could throw them at cyclists. [2] These statements caused protests from the local community,[3] who successfully lobbied for an official resolution that the capital of the state was friendly to bicyclists[4] and convinced some local businesses to pull their advertising. Bob was suspended for two days and station management aired an apology.[5] Eventually a compromise was reached between the community and station management.[6]

American Idol[edit]

Bob Dumas and previous host Amy Bristle were suspended from the station after causing national controversy by making offensive statements, characterized by some as racist, about the 2004 winner of American Idol, Fantasia, of High Point, such as calling her "ghetto".

American Indians[edit]

Dumas also asked if the groom's grandfather would stand on the side of the road with "a single tear," a reference to the well known 1971 "Crying Indian" TV and print ads which were part of a Keep America Beautiful ad campaign. Also, co-host Mike Morse asked, "After you guys get married, are you going to have a teepee-warming party?" [7]

On April 9, 2008 the cast was suspended and the show was temporarily replaced by music. The show returned on April 14, 2008.

Mexican Americans[edit]

On April 2, 2008, just one day removed from the Native American flap, Bob Dumas criticized the Mexican Consulate in Raleigh over the issue of illegal immigration. An assistant producer, Jon Clark, went to the consulate. The initial plan was for him to be posing as an INS agent seeking documentation of citizenship for those who were there that day; however, they then decided to play "What are YOU doing at the Mexican Consulate?"[8]

Capitol Broadcasting[edit]

On July 27, 2011 Bob was taken off the air after threatening to publicly humiliate Capital Broadcasting CEO Jim Goodmon and instructed him to stop blocking interviews from his station and particularly his 14 year old daughter, who was scheduled to interview American Idol winner Scotty McCreery that same day. Dumas returned to the air not discussing the incident and his daughter went ahead with the interview.

Raleigh Christmas Parade[edit]

On November 17, 2012, G105 had a float in the Raleigh WRAL Christmas Parade, featuring an African-American man who was strapped to a harness on the back of a tow truck. He was portrayed as an angel who was going to turn "crackers" into Beyonce. This action led to Michael "Breeze" Rackoff being dismissed as director of the Showgram, a position he held for only three months. Previously, he held the same position for the Ace & TJ Show out of Charlotte.[9]

Contributions to the community[edit]

Pennies From Heaven[edit]

In November 2007, the Showgram raised over USD $280,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina. Celebrity spokespersons Ashlee Simpson and Lifehouse guitarist Jason Wade, along with the families of children with life-threatening diseases and the entire Eastern North Carolina community were also involved in this. The show also raised $280,000 for this charity in 2007. Overall, Pennies From Heaven has raised well over $2,000,000 dollars for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Bob's Buddies[edit]

  • November 2008, Bob and the show hosted the first "Bob's Buddies" charity event to benefit "The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation". The Event was LIVE at Crabtree Valley Mall the day after Thanksgiving raising nearly $100,000. This year Dumas change the Showgram's charity from "Make-a-Wish" to The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation this year due to his tumor surgery in 2007.

In 2009, Bob and the Showgram raised over $115,000 for the pediatric brain tumor foundation through donations collected through a 12-hour long marathon and an auction. In 2010, Bob and the Showgram raised nearly $200,000 for the PBTF.

Assistance to local law enforcement[edit]

  • A show segment Bob The Bounty Hunter has been successful at spreading the word about wanted criminals in five North Carolina counties. The local community has stepped up to call in tips about fugitives after hearing their descriptions on the show, however, Dumas ended this segment in August 2009 after the Showgram had been syndicated to the Greensboro, NC market. As of June 2010, no station in the Greensboro market carries the Showgram, so it is currently unknown at this time if Dumas will re-introduce this segment.
  • In 2004 the show participated in G105's "Operation Teddy Bear", a program designed to collect teddy bears from the community and provide those to children when law enforcement officials responded to a call where kids would be involved.

Disaster relief[edit]

  • In 2005 the show hosted a Hurricane Katrina Relief effort entitled Bob & The Showgram’s Bus to the Bayou which collected 11 tractor trailers full of supplies from the community and Dumas himself helped deliver them to communities affected by the hurricane in Mississippi and Louisiana.
  • On April 18, 2011, Bob and the Showgram hosted a relief effort for the series of tornadoes that swept across North Carolina two days prior. They were the first group to donate to the cause, donating seven pallets of water, food, and other goods to the local Food Bank. In addition, they raised money for Red Cross Disaster Relief and, partnered with Harris Teeter, handed out bags of ice to families without power.[10]

Other charity involvement[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cain, Brooke (2012-11-22). "G-105 apologizes for parade float that some called racist". The News & Observer (The News & Observer Publishing Company). Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  2. ^ Mionske, Robert (2003-10-02). "Shock jocks". Legally Speaking. Velonews. Archived from the original on 2006-06-15. Retrieved 2006-08-05. 
  3. ^ "G105 promotes driving into cyclists as fun". The G105 Incident. Triangle MTB club. 2003-10-02. Retrieved 2006-08-05. 
  4. ^ Marzullo, Katie (2003-10-21). "City asks drivers and cyclists to get along". TWEAN Newschannel of Raleigh. Retrieved 2006-08-05. 
  5. ^ Goodridge, Steve (2003-10-02). "Raleigh, NC". Clear Channel Radio Responds. North Carolina Coalition for Bicycle Driving. Retrieved 2006-08-05. 
  6. ^ Miller, Joe (2003-10-26). "Cyclist engineers truce with station". Tar Heel of the Week (The News & Observer Publishing Company). Archived from the original on 2006-11-29. Retrieved 2006-08-05. 
  7. ^ Michael Futch, "Shock Jock Comments about Lumbees Labeled Racist," Fayetteville Observer, April 5, 2008.
  8. ^ "Apology Calms Indians, but DJ Irks Mexicans," The News & Observer, April 18, 2008.
  9. ^ Cain, Brooke (2012-11-22). "G-105 apologizes for parade float that some called racist". The News & Observer (The News & Observer Publishing Company). Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  10. ^ "Food Bank Continues Disaster Assessment and Relief." Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, 22 Apr 2011. Web. 6 Sep 2011. <http://www.foodbankcenc.org/site/DocServer/PR_04.22.11.pdf?docID=2551>.

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