Skinny Bobby Harper

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Skinny Bobby Harper (1939 – July 22, 2003) was a Canadian-born radio and video DJ. First making it big in Cincinnati, Ohio at WSAI (AM) and in Kansas City, Missouri at WDAF.[1] He moved to Atlanta, Georgia in the late 1960s and joined the staff of WQXI radio. WKRP in Cincinnati creator Hugh Wilson had worked with Harper at WQXI and used him as the inspiration for the sitcom's off-the-wall character Dr. Johnny Fever.[1]

While in Atlanta, Harper also worked for seven other radio stations, including WPLO, WGST, WLTA-FM, WKLS, WAKY and WSB.[1] Born and raised in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, Harper was a die-hard hockey fan and served as a color commentator for Atlanta Flames radio broadcasts.

After being released from WSB in 1991,[1] Harper stayed in Atlanta but left radio, going to work in the corporate communications office of Delta Air Lines. He went on to work for MARTA and Underground Atlanta before retiring.

Harper died on July 22, 2003 in Atlanta from lung cancer.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Radio Broadcasting History: Radio People by Name (H)". 440 International, Inc. 2008. pp. entry for Skinny Bobby Harper. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 

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