KOOL Oldies are played by the Coolest DJs all week, starting with the host of the KOOL Morning Show, Spokane native Big Bob Anthony. Big Bob gets Spokane up and at ‘em with humor and special features! Jennifer Wilde plays the KOOL music middays, and our own Buddy Henderson brings his positive outlook and music knowledge to your afternoon drive. Evenings are full of more KOOL star DJs!
Big Bob Anthony
Bob Anthony Fogal was born and raised right here in Spokane! From Sacred Heart Hospital to St. Aloysius grade school, from Gonzaga Prep to North Central High School, Bob’s childhood was a blur, according to Bob. But he does remember listening to KOOL songs and DJ’s on Top 40 radio stations like KJRB. “Hey! I can do that!” thought Bob. And he did…from 93KHJ in Los Angeles to 610KFRC in San Francisco to 62KGW in Portland. Now Bob is back in Spokane on the KOOL Morning Show playing KOOL Oldies on KOOL 107.1FM!
Jennifer Wilde is an award-winning radio personality whose 25+ year career behind the microphone has spanned the United States (most notably in Monterey, California and Denver, Colorado.) Jennifer is also an actor, voice actor and occasional professional singer. She’s a hard core fan of chocolate and an animal lover and a huge chunk of her heart belongs to her grand-puppy, Lucky. In her down time, you’ll most likely find her chatting with one of her two grown sons, hiking through the woods, or rocking the mic at karaoke.
Buddy’s mom was a big Buddy Holly fan and the rest is history. Buddy grew up in an All-American family in a small town in Ohio where he would listen to faraway radio stations in Chicago, New York, Detroit, and Cleveland and he got the radio bug. He also figured his new found celebrity status would attract the girls’ attention. It doesn’t always work that way!
Buddy’s first big radio job was at America’s first major market oldies station, the legendary 1220 WGAR in Cleveland, Ohio. It was there that he honed his craft, met and interviewed hundreds of rock ‘n roll artists and generally just had a ton of fun.
After working at a variety of Cleveland radio stations, Buddy moved to the desert near Phoenix, Arizona.
But after a while the desert heat made it hard for Buddy to remember his name so he and his wife, a Spokane native and North Central grad, decided to regain their sanity and move to Spokane where he heard KOOL Oldies and just couldn’t pass on the chance to play them on KOOL 107.1
Alan Kabel grew up in Brooklyn NY. He claims that the most important
thing he learned from New York is how not to get hit by a car. Lights
and stop signs don’t stop them. He’s been in radio a long time and he
loves it because he gets to “touch people and be a part of their lives
even though they may never meet. There is nothing like it.”
Rob "Hotdog" Harder
Rob was born and raised in Spokane attended St Paschal’s grade school and graduated from West Valley High School.
From the time he was about 10 years old and built a radio station out of tinker toys in his bedroom, he knew what he wanted to do when he grew up.
While attending Spokane Falls college he got his first taste of actually being on the air at the campus radio station KSFC FM.
During his second year of college he landed a job in Spokane at radio station KEZE FM. “I got to read the news once an hour and was actually getting paid for doing something I always wanted to do!”
That was his entry into the wonderful world of broadcasting and as Rob say’s “I became an addict, a radioholic.”
From there Rob went to 97 KREM in Spokane where he became “Hotdog Harder” after wearing a 6 foot tall hotdog bun on the air and eating an apple pie on the air in celebration of Spokane becoming a U.S.A. “All American City” in 1976.
Rob went on to work at stations outside of Spokane including KFRC in San Francisco. In 1983 he returned to Spokane radio joining the air staff of KJRB.
From there he went to KHQ FM and when the station changed its name to “98 KISS” FM, Rob was named the Program Director and anchored the morning show. He, along with his partner Mark Holman entertained Spokane audiences for over 25 years and had one of the longest running and highest rated morning shows in Spokane history.
Greatest Hits USA
Chuck Taylor hails from Westbury, New York and developed an affinity for radio in High School. Chuck had his first on the air experience at CW Post College which rapidly evolved into his successful radio career. Chuck has been a radio entertainer at various radio stations throughout the country, but he is best known for his time at WGBB on Long Island and most recently as morning host at WYJB in Albany, New York. At WYJB, Chuck hosted the morning show for over 17 years. Now, Chuck Taylor’s radio passion continues to shine as host of Greatest Hits USA, playing America’s favorites!
Uncle Joe Benson
Host of Off the Record
Living Classic Rock from its very beginning — both on stage and on air since 1968 — music has been Joe Benson’s life. Whether playing it, talking with artists and fans about it or documenting it with his definitive OFF THE RECORD rock star interview program, Benson’s always been rocking!
Eric Chase is a Hall of Fame radio personality who grew up right down 195 in Lewiston, Idaho, listening to Top 40 music on Spokane radio stations. Eric tried other pursuits, such as fighting fires with the U.S. Forest Service and selling motorcycles, but nothing turned him on except radio. Once in the “biz” he worked his way to San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles where he became friends with such notables as Alice Cooper and Big Bob Anthony. Eric appeared in a couple of movies, once with Wolfman Jack, and he’s the DJ voice you hear on the Cheap Trick album “Heaven Tonight.” Eric is extremely pleased to have the opportunity to play KOOL oldies back in the “Inland Empire!”