The Bob and Sheri Show
|Genre||Talk, Entertainment, Comedy, Advice|
|Running time||4 hours (6-10 AM ET)|
|Air dates||since 1992|
|Podcast||The Bob and Sheri Show|
The Bob and Sheri Show is a syndicated U.S. radio program hosted by Bob Lacey and Sheri Lynch at radio station WLNK in Charlotte, North Carolina. The show is owned by Greater Media and runs live on over 40 nationwide affiliates, as well as worldwide in 177 countries and 150 ships at sea through the American Forces Network, from 6 to 10 AM ET.
Bob Lacey and Sheri Lynch have co-hosted the show since 1992 when Bob, already established on WLNK's morning drive show, chose Sheri as co-host from over 65 applicants.
Although the show is promoted as female-slanted, it has gained a large share of male listeners as well, developing a loyal nationwide following. Bob and Sheri openly share their quirks and personal lives with listeners, creating an atmosphere. The show does not rely on pranks, spoof interviews, faked phone calls or laugh tracks. There is little tolerance for sexism, racism, homophobia or stereotypical humor about nationalities, religions or disabilities. Discussion of politics is rare. At times, topics are quite adult in nature, with sexually charged humor.
Bob Lacey, raised in Old Lyme, Connecticut, began his career in radio at 9. After stints at various radio stations (and aliases of "Skippy Ross" and "Skip Tyler"), he was hired in 1971 by WBT in Charlotte to host his own evening phone-in show, "Lacey Listens." By 25, he'd been moved to morning-drive with his own talk show. During the 1980s, he was a host on then-sister station WBTV's local edition of PM Magazine, for which he traveled the world and won an Iris Award. Returning to radio at WBCY (now WLNK) in 1990, Bob was given his own morning drive show, joined by Sheri in 1992. Bob has five children named Chris, Landon, Ally, John and one other who has asked not to be spoken about on air. On July 31, 2010, Bob married his girlfriend of a year, Mary and gained two "bonus children." He enjoys golf, wine, lobster, Maine, pugs, vacationing, lighthouses, and the music of the Rolling Stones. On Tuesday, December 21, 2010, his 19-year-old son, John, died after suffering from history of seizures.
Sheri Lynch grew up in Wyoming and Philadelphia, surviving a harrowing, dysfunctional childhood to which she occasionally refers on-air. She has worked in television and movies but created her own niche in radio when joining this show as an outspoken and articulate partner (not a female sidekick to a male host) in 1992. She has also published two books: Hello, My Name Is Mommy and Be Happy, Or I'll Scream!. She is the mother of two young daughters named Olivia and Caramia. Although the show is mostly comedic, Sheri often gives advice to callers in trouble and has a somewhat dark sense of humor. Sheri is currently in her last semester of grad school, working on a Master's degree in Social Work, with a focus on clinical mental health.
Max Sweeten is the show's director, but he is often heard in the background and frequently comes to the microphone. He, too, spent some formative years in the Philadelphia area, then in Washington, D.C. He began his radio career in Virginia at age 16. Max, who does a great deal of voice-over work apart from this show, has won three Addy Awards, for his work in radio and TV commercials.
"Super Todd" Haller, the show's producer, screens all the callers and also appears on the air occasionally. He was nominated for Billboard's Music Director of the Year in 1996 for his work at WCHZ in Augusta, GA. He has two children.
As The People's Movie Critic, Lamar Richardson gives a weekly film review on the show, usually on Friday. As a proud Anheuser-Busch employee, Lamar rates each movie on his "Bud Scale." Ratings range from "Zero Buds" to "A full six-pack of Budweiser," though a terrific movie might earn a twelve-pack, and a terrible one may receive a "Warm Zima." Lamar has also on occasion replaced Bob or Sheri in their absence. Lamar has three children, and has worked various jobs outside of radio.
Chad is the newsman for the Bob and Sheri Show. He's been in radio for over 25 years, and has a political science degree from the University of South Dakota.
Jim Szoke is the Sports Guru for the Bob & Sheri Show. Throughout the years, Jim has been a play-by-play voice for the Charlotte 49ers and Davidson College. Jim is currently part of the broadcast team for the Carolina Panthers. He's a graduate of Bowling Green State University and has a bachelor's degree in journalism. He lives in Charlotte with his wife and two kids.
- Ellen Whitehurst is an author and a contributor to various magazines and talk shows. Bob and Sheri refer to her as their "Shui-strologist." Typically at the beginning of each month, she offers the hosts and listeners advice about feng shui, astrology, and other "new age" / ancient remedies.
- Cool King Chris is a musician/art teacher/film teacher that loves to teach controversy and show movies to the class. He periodically writes and performs original and parody songs on the show. He has had many close encounters with the 3rd kind. He currently lives within the internal memory of a Commodore computer. He is also a fan of Banksy and Mr. Brainwash.
The Bob and Sheri Show has been nominated four times for Billboard’s "Air Personality of the Year". They won the New York State Broadcasters Association Award for Best Morning Team in 1998. The show won the prestigious Gracie Award for Best Talk Show/Radio in 2005. The team has been nominated nine times for The National Association of Broadcasters' Marconi Award.
Sheri has thrice received the Gracie Allen Award, in 2002, 2005 and 2012. In 2004, Sheri won the Charlotte Business Journal’s “Women in Business Achievement Award.” Sheri has also been named Creative Loafing's "Best Local Radio Personality" each year for over a decade.
- "America's Original Reality Show"
- "Real People. Real Laughs."
- "Start Your Mornings Off With A Laugh"
These occasionally confuse new callers, but regular listeners are familiar with these:
- Chit-Chat: Sheri's daughters' nickname for Bob is 'Chit-Chat.' He tolerates their taunts of "Bob is a chit-chat," but it irks him when Sheri says it on air.
- Cone of Safety: When Bob or Sheri calls for the Cone of Safety, Max plays a whooshing sound effect, then anyone "in the cone" is able to speak without fear of being judged for it.
- "First-time caller (Bob!)": When callers identify themselves as first-time callers, Bob and Sheri give them a small round of applause. Bob sometimes acts irritated at having to do this every time...he once complained about it and his protest only encouraged listeners to say it more.
- Uncle Creepy: A character Bob plays when something sexually inappropriate is being reported on the show. You can tell when Bob is in the character because the background music is a scary string music.
- Scott: Todd Haller, the show's producer, is occasionally referred to as 'Scott' when he messes up the name of someone calling into the show.
- Sheri's Minions: Callers who often identify with Sheri's positions and disagree with Bob. Sometimes, Bob plays the devil's advocate for the sake of entertainment, but when he is particularly irked that no one agrees with him, he refers to Sheri and her "minions."
- Bob's Miata: One weekend Sheri borrowed Bob's sports car and "did the deed", with her then husband, in the front seat of the small vehicle. Whenever the subject is brought up, Bob seems irked as Sheri adds detail to the story.
- Shhhhhhh: Every once in a while a caller will request for Bob and Sheri to not tell anyone the story they are about to tell on air, at which point Bob addresses the audience and makes a shushing sound and asks all listeners to not tell anyone. This originated from a listener who called in to tell about her polygamy, and when asked if any of her husbands knew about this, she said "Well, no, but shhh..."
- And Now Another List from Bob; Bob will frequently recite lists gathered from other media sources. The other cast members often tease him for his fondness for these lists, such as "The Worst Foods to Use as a Doorstop" and "How to Kick in a Door"
- Mommy the Yorkie; Mommy is the nickname for Bob's wife's former Yorkie. The dog was nicknamed "Mommy" after Sheri shared that her cousin once had a Yorkie named Mommy. This nickname irks Bob, but he has now began referring to Daisy as "Mommy," as well. Daisy has since been placed in a new loving home, reportedly not because of Bob, but because Mary's children failed to properly care for the Yorkie.
After 10 years hosting "PM Magazine" on WBTV, Bob Lacey returned to Charlotte morning radio in December 1989 on what was then WBCY. By the time Lacey persuaded his company to hire WBTV marketing employee Sheri Lynch to join him, the station was WBT-FM "Sunny 107.9." Local management did not like the idea of "Bob and Sheri," so Lacey contacted the Atlanta headquarters of Jefferson-Pilot Communications, and he put up $10,000 of his own money in case the show did not work. He never had to give up the money; The company hired new managers who supported Bob and Sheri.
In early 1996, Bob and Sheri were number two in the morning—behind John Boy and Billy—among listeners 25 to 54. In order to keep the duo in Charlotte but still pay them as if they worked in the big city, Sunny 107.9 began working toward syndicating the show. The content would allow the show to work in other parts of the country, and it would not matter that they weren't local. People knew Rush Limbaugh and Howard Stern were not in Charlotte.
In less than eight months, Bob and Sheri were heard in 7 new markets: Greensboro, North Carolina; Greenville, North Carolina; Bangor, Maine; New London, Connecticut; Charleston, West Virginia; Hudson, New York; and Albany, Georgia.
In September 1998, the number of stations reached 17. Except for Durango, Colorado, all of these were in the eastern United States. Fayetteville, North Carolina was the fifth of the markets where the show competed with John Boy and Billy.
The debut of personal people meters in 2010 meant changes for the show. Other stations succeeded with more music and less talk, so the show was adding music and cutting down on time spent with callers. Not all listeners accepted the changes.
- "Sheri Lynch - Biography".
- Bob & Sheri Cast - Chad Bowar
- Bob & Sheri Cast - Jim Szoke
- Ellen Whitehurst - The Empowered Life
- Link Radio
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- Washburn, Mark (July 2, 2011). "With quiet changes, Charlotte radio adapts to robotic ears". The Charlotte Observer.