bob grayson - Inducted 2000
Bob Grayson (born: Iowa Falls, IA, August 17, 1945) is credited with helping to establish the careers of Country artists including George Strait, Randy Travis and Toby Keith. Bob first went on the air on KWDM, Des Moines, IA, as a singer at the age of three where his father preached daily. The program then moved to KFNF, Shenandoah, IA (1951-1958). After graduation from Brown Institute in Minneapolis, MN, he worked at rock and MOR stations until 1971, when he joined Country WAME, Charlotte, NC. In 1972, he joined WPLO, where co-hosted the first St. Jude Radiothon. In 1978, Bob moved back to WAME, this time as Program Director. He then became Program Director of WHOO, Orlando, FL (1979-1980) and then back to Charlotte at WIST (1980-1982). Bob then did mornings at WTOD, Toledo, OH (1982-1983) then moved closer to home at WOW, Omaha, NE (1983-1984). He joined WAMS, Wilmington, DE as Operations Manager/Program Director (1984-1987), then on to KWTO, Springfield, MO (1987-1988). Bob then took some time off to find sobriety. In 1989, he returned to Country radio at WFMX, Statesville, NC. In 1991, Bob joined WCHK, Canton GA and then WFMB, Springfield, IL (1993-1998). In 1998 joined WXCL in Peoria, IL and the following year moved across town to WFYR as Operations Director, Program Director and Morning Drive Air Personality. Bob Grayson was inducted into the Country Music D J Hall of Fame in 2000. Bob died November 8, 2005, after a three year battle with cancer. He was 60.