A Tribute To A True Long Island Broadcast Legend
Bob Klein 'till 9.... and again till 10'

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
WALK FM changed ownership and format, Bob’s morning show pulled the Arbitron ratings up from #6 to #1 in 10 months.  Due to heavy commercial demand, the morning show was later extended to 10 AM, thus changing his title to "Klein till 9... and again till 10". Later in years towards Bob's retirement, the show eventually evolved to become the WALK Breakfast Club.


(Autographed Promotional Trading Card Featuring Bob Klein Walk Breakfast Club)

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"...  According 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 Florida. He had recently celebrated his 83rd Birthday, and like the Energizer Bunny, he said he was still going strong! He wrote:

"Once again, this is Bob Klein; Since my last report, and now at the age of 86, I am fully retired and enjoying the
warmth of Florida with a watchful eye for an occasional Hurricane. I am at this point in time enjoying good health,
and making an effort to not listen to radio, because I am not on it.. talk about jealousy! Truthfully, I still miss my
hours on the air, and will keep that thought until the big radio station in the sky calls and says “We need you for mornings”.

I immediately sent an open invite for him to join us on the air as a guest host on 1450 WWJB in Brooksville Florida,
a station I work at which was less than a one hour drive from Bob's home.


Rick Hall and Bob Klein On WWJB 10/15/2008

On October 15th 2008, legendary Long Island radio personality Bob Klein returned to the airwaves, joined by Rick Hall for one hour
on The Bob Penrod Show on Brooksville's WWJB 1450 Radio! Bob felt right at home in the studio and was so happy, as he put it, to
once again, get the opportunity have a 'love affair' on-the-air with a microphone! Click Here To Listen To The Program! Enjoy!
Bob Klein On The Bob Penrod Show 10/15/2008

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.

A Conversation With Peter Lemongello
(With Rick Hall - Bob Klein and Peter Lemongello) 

(Part 1 Bob Klein On The Bob Penrod Show 10/15/2008)    (Part 2 Bob Klein On The Bob Penrod Show 10/15/2008)    (Part 3 Bob Klein On The Bob Penrod Show 10/15/2008)

Words simply cannot express how deeply saddened I was when I learned the news that on Thursday
September 18th 2014, my friend Bob Klein had quietly passing away in his sleep at home. 

My sincerest condolences go to Bob's wife Connie and also to his entire family.   

- Rick Hall -

Send Bob Klein's family an E-Mail
 suzin@halifaxfarm.com

 

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