I worked with Bob Walters at WALT in the late
50's prior to going "Top 40". Bob had a great jazz sense
and played alot of Mel Torme, June Christy, Dave Brubeck et al.
When we went with the new format, he had trouble pronouncing "Modern
Radio". It came out "Modren". A dry sense of humor
and a very cool dude. Bob later joined the Rousanville group and
was PD of their WCIN in Cincinatti. I lost track of him after
that move. -- by Dave Archard
The DJ's that worked at WALT radio were always
very supportive and helpful
with the Rockers during those early days of the band. They liked
we played the same kind of music they played on the air.
Bob Walters was a DJ there during the late
50's and loved our band. We would
go there almost daily to listen to the latest records that had
just come out
before they even hit the stores. We would hang out at the station
and listen & compile the tunes we felt would click with our
fans at the time. This way
we would always have a head start on the newest tunes and learn
our fans heard them on the radio.
Bob was very helpful and would advise us on
which tunes he felt were going to
be hits based on his experience as a DJ. He would even loan us
45's that came in the daily mail and let us take them to our
so we could learn the tunes.
I remember sometimes he would call us at the
rehearsal hall in a panic and
say "Where the hell are all my records". He was about
to go "ON AIR" and
couldn't find some of his records and we would jump in the car
and race back
to the station with his 45's. It wasn't that far to the station
and we would
always make it just before airtime
He would come by our dances and hang out and
so we became very fond of him
and asked him to be our Manager. He managed our band from about
the start of
1958 through the rest of 1959.
Then Rock Robbins (Robert Bernstein) appeared
on the scene and Rock really
loved the group. His enthusiasm was very contagious. He was always
band and always at our rehearsals and would help us in any way
he could. He
would travel with us through all those little tank towns we performed
during those early days. I can't tell you how many times Rock
helped me carry
my drums in & out of hotels.
Both the band & Bob Walters realized that
Rock would be better suited to be our manager. Bob's responsibilities
at the station increased leaving him very little time for us and
so Rock took over the job at the tail end of 1959 and was our
manager until about 1961. Bob also worked at WDAE and WFLA.
-- (As told by Tony Lopez, drummer
of the Fabulous Rockers)