A Tribute To A True Long Island Broadcast Legend
He began his radio career in 1965 as a part timer at WLIR FM in the basement of the old Garden City Hotel. In 1966, Bob Klein moved his show over to WALK FM where he started hosting evenings and overnights (at the time, WALK FM signed off-the-air at 2 AM). When morning man Bob Dorian left in 1970 do a TV gig, Klein switched to mornings from 5 to 9 AM. His show was affectionately called: "Klein Till Nine".
After each days show, Bob would drive to Riverhead where he
hosted a show on WRIV 1390 called "Klein's World".
In 1980, when
Bob Klein officially retired from broadcasting in 1992, after holding the #1
Long Island morning position on radio for twelve years, but he didn't retired
altogether! Bob admitted that for the first couple of years after leaving WALK
FM, he suffered from a condition called 'microphone
withdrawal'. To quote Bob Klein: "Radio
was good to me, but then again, I was good to Radio"... ccording
to his radio colleagues, Bob Klein was also a pretty darn good Jazz Pianist!
ccording to his radio colleagues, Bob Klein was also a pretty darn good Jazz Pianist!
He later relocated with his wife Connie to Wesley Chapel in Florida, where after spending 2 years in retirement, took a job with the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce in St Petersburg for six and a half years. Bob was also employed as a Concierge at the prestigious Saddle Brook Tennis And Golf Resort in Tampa.
On September 4th in 2008, I received a
surprise e-mail from Bob Klein with updates on how he was doing in
He had recently celebrated his 83rd Birthday, and
like the Energizer Bunny, he said he was still going strong!
On September 4th in 2008, I received a surprise e-mail from Bob Klein with updates on how he was doing in Florida. He had recently celebrated his 83rd Birthday, and like the Energizer Bunny, he said he was still going strong!He wrote:
15th 2008, legendary Long Island radio personality Bob Klein returned to the
airwaves, joined by Rick Hall for one hour
Bob and I remained close friends, and we kept in contact for many years. Together we produced a radio special featuring Bob's personal long time friend, the great singer and entertainer Peter Lemongello, which aired several times locally here in Florida.
Words simply cannot
express how deeply saddened I was when I learned the news that on Thursday
My sincerest condolences go to Bob's wife Connie and also to his entire family.
- Rick Hall -
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