The Rob, Arnie, and Dawn Show

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The Rob, Arnie, and Dawn Show
Genre Talk, News & Comedy
Running time 4 hours
Country United States United States
Language(s) English
Home station KRXQ in Sacramento
Syndicates KDOT in Reno, NV
KZND-FM in Anchorage, AK
KBRE in Merced, CA

KHRD in Redding, CA
Starring Rob Williams, Arnie States, Dawn Rossi
Creator(s) Rob Williams

The Rob, Arnie, and Dawn Show is a syndicated morning radio show on KRXQ (98 Rock; 98.5 FM), formerly from Entercom's building in Sacramento, CA and being rebroadcast on KDOT (104.5 FM) from Lotus' building in Reno, NV, KBRE (92.5) from Merced, CA, and KHRD (103.1, 93.3) from Redding, CA. Rob Williams, Arnie States, and Dawn Rossi are the show hosts.

The show has existed in various forms within various cities in the western United States such as Reno, NV; Seattle, WA and Sacramento, CA. Most recently, it has been a call-in show.

Show Hosts[edit]

Rob Williams[edit]

Born September 17, 1971 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Rob Williams was raised in Pleasanton, California (an East bay suburb of San Francisco). He attended Ohlone College in Fremont, CA, and joined the KRLT morning show in Lake Tahoe in 1991. Williams hired Dawn Rossi, with whom he went on to work at a country music radio station.

On August 26, 2012, Williams announced he was divorcing his wife of twelve years, Janell.[1]

Arnie States[edit]

Born September 17, 1971 in Garland, Texas, States met Rob Williams in a bar in Reno, Nevada, and Williams offered States an internship at his station. When the woman who did the morning show left the station, States joined Williams as a co-host.

On October 22, 2012, States attempted suicide, resulting in a three-week hiatus from the show. He returned to the show November 13, 2012.[1]

He has appeared on the Travel Channel show "Man vs. Food."[2] The comedy CD from his "Too Fat To Stand-Up" comedy show peaked at #3 on the U.S. iTunes Comedy Charts and #4 on the Billboard Comedy Albums[3]

Chart (2014) Peak
US Billboard Top Comedy Albums[4] 4

Dawn Rossi[edit]

Born January 17, 1970, Rossi grew up in San Bernardino, California. She began pursuing a career in radio at age 20, after attending broadcasting school. Rob Williams, at the time 19 years old and the program director, offered her the Friday overnight shift at his station. Williams subsequently offered her a midday slot at his station Lake Tahoe. The company Rossi, Williams and States worked for was sold to a new company and eventually switched formats from country to rock. Williams and States later invited Rossi to join their morning show.

The Rob, Arnie, and Sports Show[edit]

In February 2011, Rob and Arnie began The Rob, Arnie, and Sports Show. It aired in afternoon drive on ESPN 1320 in Sacramento, and was also syndicated on ESPN 94.5 in Reno, NV. The show ended in late July 2011, due to the demands of performing both morning drive and afternoon drive shows.


Remarks about Transgender Children[edit]

On May 28, 2009, Rob and Arnie engaged in a 30-minute conversation in which they described transgender people as "freaks," and "idiots." Arnie said, "You know, my favorite part about hearing these stories about the kids in high school, who the entire high school caters around, lets the boy wear the dress. I look forward to when they go out into society and society beats them down. And they end up in therapy."[5] Arnie also said, "If my son, God forbid, if my son put on a pair of high heels, I would probably hit him with one of my shoes." [6] Subsequently, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and others demanded an apology.[7] Arnie declined to apologize, on the grounds that he was joking and not actually advocating violence against children. He said, "I didn't do anything wrong."[6] In response to the controversy, Snapple, Sonic, Chipotle Grill,[8] Bank of America,[9] Verizon, Carl’s Jr,[10] Wells Fargo,[11] AT&T and McDonald’s[12] have pulled their advertising from KRXQ. Nissan has also announced that they will not renew their recently expired KRXQ advertising contract.[13] Rob and Arnie have subsequently apologized for their remarks, and hosted an on air discussion with members of the gay, lesbian, and transgender community.

Several of the advertisers who previously pulled advertising, have reinstated their ads on KRXQ, including, but not limited to, Verizon, McDonald's, and Sonic.[citation needed]

Remarks About Boston Marathon Bombings and Suspension[edit]

On April 16, 2013, Rob, Arnie, and Dawn made jokes about the bombings of the Boston Marathon, which had taken place the day before. Using fake Boston accents, the trio talked about people losing their limbs, and went on to discuss how one couple’s relationship might change after a man who went to see his girlfriend at the finish line lost his legs. [14] Rival radio station host, CBS's Don Geronimo, criticized the show for its remarks. On April 17, 2013, KRXQ in Sacramento pulled the show off the air, with no word on whether it would return. In response to their suspension, Rob, Arnie, and Dawn posted an explanation in protest on their own website, blaming Geronimo for their suspension.[15]


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