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Bob entered the world of public radio in 2006 after returning to Tuscaloosa from a commercial broadcasting career in Texas. He says he got the public radio bug when he was helping South Texas Public Radio of Corpus Christi establish a satellite operation in Victoria, Texas, where he managed and owned a group of commercial stations.
Bob is a product of Tuscaloosa public schools and graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a bachelor's degree in radio and television broadcasting and a commission in the regular Navy. He spent four years on active duty with the Navy, attaining the rank of lieutenant commander before resigning his commission. After his naval service, Bob returned to Texas to begin a 32-year relationship with the radio broadcasting business.
In the Navy, Bob served as a public relations officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal and with the Naval Air Training Command in Pensacola, Florida. During his Pensacola assignment, he was active in public relations and promotion for the Blue Angels Navy flight demonstration team.
Upon returning to Texas, Bob was an air personality (disc jockey and talk show host), news person, news director, advertising sales person, sales manager, general manager and owner of radio stations for the same company in Austin and Victoria over a 32-year span.
He was in Victoria for 27 years. He was part owner, president and general manager of a group of four stations when he and his business partner sold the stations in late 1998. He was a member and director of Rotary Clubs in Austin and Victoria, president of the Austin Advertising Federation, the Victoria Advertising Federation, chair of the Victoria Convention and Visitors Bureau, founder and first president of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, member of the Austin Symphony Society Board of Directors, director of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce and active in both Austin and Victoria United Way organizations.
After working in Tuscaloosa and Greenville, Mississippi, as a consultant, Bob accepted management positions with WJOX Radio in Birmingham and with radio station groups in Bryan-College Station and Tyler, Texas.
He returned to his native Tuscaloosa in 2005 and soon joined the staff of Alabama Public Radio as a classical music host. "It's a wonderful change," says Bob. "Public radio is considerably different from commercial and, while I loved the time I spent with commercial radio stations, I'm really enjoying public radio in general and Alabama Public Radio specifically."
Bob is married to the former Carole Gibson Neville of Tuscaloosa. He has a daughter, Summer McKinnon, who is in public school administration in Austin, Texas. Summer and husband Mike are the parents of Bob's granddaughter, born April 27, 2011, the date of the devastating Tuscaloosa tornado.