After 33 years of doing morning radio, KJR/Seattle's Bob Rivers announced today he is ending The Bob Rivers Morning Show. Leading up to his final show on Friday, August 8, the iconic Seattle radio personality will host nine farewell shows to say goodbye to listeners, advertisers and co-workers. For over 25 years, Bob Rivers has been entertaining audiences in the Pacific Northwest and has appeared on some of Seattle’s biggest radio stations.
"Bob is a world-class talent, a true professional and radio genius, and it’s been our pleasure working with such a radio legend that inspired many in the industry to get into the business in their early years," said Keith Cunningham, VP of Programming, CCM+E-Seattle.
"I've been on the radio for 42 years; since I was 16. 33 years doing morning drive, 25 of them being here in Seattle. Our show signed on 8/8/89 and our last show will be 8/8/2014. I will be forever grateful to the best audience and radio family one could hope for: Spike, Joe, Jodi, Arik, Pedro and Luciana. I love y'all. This was not an easy decision for me, but you just know when it's right. Hopefully we satisfy the old adage – leave them wanting more," said Rivers. "I'm the luckiest radio host in the world. Not only have I been surrounded by iconic talent and given free-reign to create a unique morning show, we’ve amassed an audience so loyal and loving that they have raised millions and saved children's lives all over the world. We enjoyed great ratings over the years, but they only tell part of the story – the bond we’ve had as a cast and with our audience and trusted advertisers trumps all the No. 1's we achieved. I'm about to be a grandfather, I don't want to miss a minute of that. It’s time for my lovely wife, Lisa, to get The Bob Rivers Show live and in person every morning. There are projects waiting, like World Vision, touring with Heart by Heart, maybe popping up on radio from time-to-time."
Rivers is best known nationally for his Twisted Christmas albums, as parody tunes such as "The Twelve Pains Of Christmas" and "I Am Santa Claus" have been a staple of holiday music radio playlists for years.