The Bob & Tom Show
|Genre||Comedy, black comedy, surreal humor, satire, talk|
|Running time||6:00 A.M.-10:00 A.M. EST (Syndicated)
10:00 A.M.-10:20 A.M. EST (WFBQ only)
|Home station||WFBQ Indianapolis, Indiana|
|Air dates||since March 7, 1983|
The Bob & Tom Show is a syndicated US radio program established by Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold at radio station WFBQ in Indianapolis, Indiana, March 7, 1983, and syndicated nationally since January 6, 1995. They are syndicated via FOX News Radio.
Owned by Clear Channel Communications, a media conglomerate which owns 850 radio stations, the program enjoys extensive popularity. The program has frequently received recognition by the National Association of Broadcasters as an exemplar in American radio.
The show is hosted by Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold who originally teamed up in the early 1980s at the Petoskey, MI station WJML. In their current incarnation they are joined by Chick McGee who acts as sports commentator as well as comic foil, and by Kristi Lee who is the show's news anchor and occasional target of the show's humor. Dave "Gunner" Gunn also joins the show when any of the regulars are out, and has done so from the beginning of the show's syndication in January 1995. The show is a comedy-variety show. Each day, there are usually several guests on the show, including many comedians. During the show, live or pre-recorded comic songs and skits are often played, including many from a huge library of archived pieces. There are frequent impromptu "calls" from numerous characters voiced by various members of the show's staff. The show airs from 6–10 A.M. EST and is aired from either 6–10 A.M. or 5–9 A.M. locally on affiliated stations. There is a segment that airs between 10:00 and 10:30 EST, only on home station WFBQ. Bob and Tom would do a traveling show of their own, however those ended around 2003. They now organize and support the Bob & Tom Comedy All Stars Tour, which includes many of their frequent guests. Since January 31, 2011, The Bob & Tom Show has aired on the American Forces Radio Network as the morning show on AFN's Legacy Channel-The World's Classic Rock Station. The Bob & Tom Show repurposes their live morning show as an overnight show called Bob & Tom All Nighter. All Nighter airs 12–5 A.M. on a few terrestrial affiliated stations as well as SiriusXM Channel 165.
Many fictional characters and parodies of real-life people have sprung up during the show's history, some voiced by Bob Kevoian, Tom Griswold, Chick McGee, on-air producer Dean Metcalf, Steve Salge and Ron Sexton. 
- Floyd the Truck Driver (Ron Sexton)
- Jumbo the Elephant (Dean Metcalf)
- Ernie Furglar (owner of Furglar's Hardware Store) (Steve Salge)
- Randy (Donnie Baker's boss) (Matt Thompson)
- Herm Johnson (St. Petersburg snowbird) (Steve Salge)
- Hadji (Marc Much)
- Ian St. Ian (Dean Metcalf)
- Doc Whiskey (Tom Griswold)
- Dick Mango (Tom Griswold)
- Rick (Ron Sexton)
- Sid Gurney (Whit Grayson)
- Bart McAllister (Dave Dugan)
- Gary "Scooter" Barnes (David Tuck)
- Captain Dave- Captain of the Chum Dumpster (Steve Salge)
Kenny Tarmac embodies that annoying traveling sales person on a flight with an over-inflated sense of self-worth who feels the need to demonstrate to everyone how important he is by loudly calling someone just as the plane lands. He always uses airport abbreviations while referring to his locations to further illustrate just how busy and important he is. He always calls Bob & Tom when he lands, and he always gets another call while talking to them. On a few occasions, while talking to Bob and Tom, he will run into a big-time client, whom Kenny cannot remember by name. During this time, he puts Bob and Tom on hold, while he tries to use his "Zig Ziglar bag of tricks" to get the client to reveal his name, usually failing.
- "We just landed!"
- "Yeah, I'm at ATL."
- "Hang on, I got a phone call."
Donnie, played by Ron Sexton, regularly makes topical calls to the show and has a very authentic Kentuckiana accent. He relates anecdotes involving a good friend who had a semi-relevant experience, usually ending in a punch-line. Most of his calls are punctuated by a tagline like, "I swear to God" or "Look it up..." or "it's state law." Sometimes, Donnie is corrected, or told to get off the phone by Randy, his work supervisor, after which he always yells "Shut up Randy!" His calls usually come to an abruptly end, and always by him saying, "...I gotta go.". Donnie also appears with his band as "Donnie Baker and the Pork Pistols".
- "Hey do you know (random name)?"
- "I probably know more about (whatever topic Bob & Tom are talking about) than anyone I know of"
- "I'll say it right to your face!"
Mr. Obvious and the Caller
A frequent skit on The Bob & Tom Show, Mr. Obvious is portrayed as a radio personality with his own show, "The Mr. Obvious Show." He gives obvious and simple advice about whatever problem the caller may have. The caller always seems to be the same person, and opens the conversation with "Hi, Mr. Obvious. Long time listener, first time caller." From there, the caller will describe his issue and give symptoms to help Mr. Obvious figure out his problem. Most of the time, the caller's issue is something that anyone else can figure out, but he cannot. Mr. Obvious is played by Chick McGee.
- "The Critter": The caller believes there's an animal in his sink, when it's really a garbage disposal.
- "New Neighbor": The caller thinks that his wife is allergic to a cat at the new neighbor's house after hearing what sounds like his wife who is about to sneeze, but Mr. Obvious figures out what's really going on, and doesn't tell the caller...
Recurring Parodies of real people and movie/television characters
- Sir Charles (Charles Barkley) (Ron Sexton)
- Jack Bauer (from the TV series "24") (Steve Salge)
- Joe Biden, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Ted Kennedy are all voiced by the same comedian. (Steve Salge)
- Morgan Freeman (as his character Red from the movie The Shawshank Redemption) (Ron Sexton)
- James Gandolfini (as Tony Soprano) (Ron Sexton)
- Michael Imperioli (as Christopher Moltisanti) (Matt Thompson)
- Jerry Jones (Ron Sexton)
- Larry King (Steve Salge)
- Dr. Phil McGraw (Ron Sexton)
- The Pope (always in a stereotypical Italian accent) (Dean Metcalf)
- Steven Seagal and his fan (Ron Sexton, Matt Thompson)
- Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis (Ricky Rydell)
The show takes calls from actual live fans, plus miscellaneous "crazy fan" caricatures.
On November 3, 2008, WGN America began airing an hour-long TV show taken from the day's radio broadcast at Midnight ET Monday through Friday (as of November 2009, it was moved to 2 a.m. ET). The program ended its run on WGN America on September 10, 2010, as part of an extensive revamp of the network's schedule. As part of the deal, WTTV Indianapolis (another Tribune-owned station) would be the first to air the nightly one-hour telecast.
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Over their career, the show has been actively involved in charitable work. Some of the albums they have produced since 1986 have been utilized to raise money for various charities. After the syndicated portion of their show ends at 10:00 a.m. Eastern they typically devote up to a half hour to further interviews, often about local events, bands, and charities.
In October, it has become tradition for Chick to get a prostate exam on the air to raise awareness for prostate cancer. Bob and Tom used to promote this exam as "Proctober"; however, this exam is now "Rectember". The latest exam was held on September 6, 2011 with Gunner doing it.
The Bob & Tom Show has produced seven CDs for the USO to include in holiday care packages sent to troops stationed world wide.
Bob and Tom had a friendly wager with Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday that if he ever got a touchdown they would donate $5,000 to the charity of his choice. During the 2006–07 NFL season, they increased the wager to $10,000. They assumed that they were safe since offensive linemen almost never score points in NFL games. In January 2007 in the AFC Championship game against the rival New England Patriots, on a play near New England's goal line, Dominic Rhodes carried into the middle of the line and fumbled. Saturday fell on the ball in the end zone for the touchdown,ref.http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2007012101/2006/POST20/patriots@colts#tab=analyze. Bob and Tom made good on their wager and donated $5,000 each to People's Burn Foundation of Indiana, and Kid's Voice of Indiana, Inc.
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- In 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2006, Bob & Tom were recipients of the Marconi Award from the NAB.
- From 1991–98, Bob & Tom received The Billboard Magazine Radio Personality of the Year award.
- In 1994, Bob & Tom were named Sagamores of the Wabash, the state of Indiana's highest honor.
- In 1996 and 2000, the show was awarded the National Chairman's Citation Award from the Leukemia Society of America.
- In 2000, 2001, and 2003, Bob & Tom received the Radio & Records Classic Rock Personality of the Year Award.
- National Association of Broadcasters | 2006 Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year Winner: Bob & Tom, Premiere Radio Networks
- "About the Show". Bob & Tom Show website. 2013.
- "Radio's Bob & Tom are off their nightly TV show". Radio-Info.com. September 21, 2010.
- Bob & Tom Official site
- Bob & Tom Store
- Bob & Tom Premiere Radio homepage
- Bob & Tom Affiliate List
- A Bob & Tom group on Yahoo!