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World Mourns on Country Music DJ Bob Robbins’ Passing


We are sad to announce to you that Country Radio Hall of Famer, CMA award winner, Bob Robbins’ Passing was confirmed by his coworker. He passed away in Sheridan early Saturday morning on May 21, 2022, at the age of 78.

In 1967, he started his career as a daily presence on Arkansas radio. He spent more than 30 years with KSSN 96 FM and after that, since 2013, he worked for 105.1 “The Wolf”. before working there in 2008 Robbins was inducted into the Country Radio Broadcasters’ DJ Hall of Fame.

He was the voice of country music radio, and music just sounded better when he introduced it and talked about it.

Sadly legendary Arkansas Country music DJ, Bob Robbins' Passing was announced on May 21, 2022 and broke his fans heart.

Robbins was about 14 when he got his first radio job, working at Armed Forces Radio at what was then Nouasseur Air Force Strategic Air Command base in Casablanca, Morocco, working for Sgt. Bill Miller.

Robbins’ life is steeped in his faith and his career can be characterized by his sense of community, commitment, and compassion. While he will say he is the one who has been blessed with good fortune, Robbins’ devoted generations of listeners would say they’re the lucky ones.

A polka program was his first music show. He said that “As I grew older, Bill said, “Robbins, you’re just too country. You gotta learn to talk better, like a radio person.” But I never did, unlike my friend Bill Cody”. He adored Cody and loved to listen to him. In the 2008 Hall of Fame Robbins had a class with him.

During his career, he got awarded so many times. In 1996 Robbins was named ”Broadcast Personality of the Year” by the Country Music Association.

One time he talked about one song that would be his favorite of all time and said: It’d have to be Don Williams’ “Good Ole Boys Like Me,” where he’s talking about how “John R. and the Wolfman kept me company by the light of the radio by my bed.”

He also used to listen to people like John R. and Wayne Moss, who was PD at KAAY and who he had worked with, in Georgia.

Robbins also appeared on television in many commercials and on his show, Bob Robbins Outdoors, and was an active supporter of numerous charities.

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Bob Robbins’ Passing Brought Sorrow to The Heart of His Fans

Sadly legendary Arkansas Country music DJ, Bob Robbins' Passing was announced on May 21, 2022 and broke his fans heart.

Séamus Dubhghaill who had the honor to meet Bob shared his feeling: ”Arkansas radio legend Bob Robbins passed away early this morning at the age of 78. I had the privilege of sitting behind the microphone with him for an interview in the days leading up to the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. RIP, Bob!”.

Bob’s love for his listeners, community, and of country music and artists made him one of a kind.  Please keep his family and his radio family in your thoughts as we mourn this tremendous loss.

”So sorry to hear the news Bob Robbins is no longer with us. “Legend” does not come close to describing who he was and what he did for our city & state. I’ll never forget those toy drives at Christmas and hearing that voice on the radio. R.I.P. Bob. You will never be forgotten”. Todd Yakoubian tweeted.

Courtney Reaves remembered his childhood and memories that he had with Robbins and added: ”My childhood memories include riding in the car with my momma listening to Bob Robbins play Mickey Gilley, Keith Whitley, all those 80s county legends. Bob was a legend right along with the stars he played. End of an era for sure”.

Bob Robbins, Tommy Smith, RRainwater1037, Ray Lincoln, and Craig O’Neil are Arkansas Radio. We lost a legend this morning. Nothing better than Bob telling you Happy Birthday when you were a kid. You will be missed, friend. Coach Kenny Stephens shared on social media.

Someone else said My childhood wouldn’t have been complete without Bob Robbins! You meant so much to so many. This is a tremendous loss to the state of Arkansas. Prayers for his family.

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  1. Patricia Williams May 21, 2022

    I grew up listening to Bob with my Mother. As an adult, I got my cosmetology license, and he came in to the salon I worked at. I’ll always remember how special he made everyone feel when he was there. And I’ll never forget his cowboy tennis shoes! He was the best out there. Always in our hearts. Prayers for his family. He was surely loved! Rest in love, my birthday buddy!! 💙🙏🏻

    1. US day News May 25, 2022

      Dear Patricia,
      Thanks for sharing your beautiful memory with us. He will rest in paradise and would always be dearly missed.


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