Bob Eccles

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Bob Eccles has followed an interesting path to - and through - the radio business. After graduating from Howe Military School in Howe, Indiana in 1980, Bob went to Michigan State University for one year. He transferred to Central Michigan University the following year for the school’s Radio and TV program, and landed a shift at the campus radio station, known then as "Rock Stereo 91". Unfortunately Bob focused more on his radio shift than his studies, and CMU asked him to take his 0.00 grade point average and go to school somewhere else. So Bob joined the U.S. Army.

Bob spend three years in the Army, serving in the Military Police in what was then West Germany. The first half of his tour was spent as a tower guard at a nuclear physical security site. Bob then was chosen to be the chauffeur for the commanding general of the 59th Ordnance Brigade. This gave him the chance to see much of West Germany from behind the wheel of an armor-plated and bullet-proof BMW 733i. Bob was honorably discharged from the Army in early 1985, and enrolled at the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts to continue his pursuit of a career in radio.

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A couple of months before graduating from Specs Howard, Bob landed a job as a disc jockey at WBRB radio in Mt. Clemens. The 500 watt AM station had been off the air for several years, and was put back on the air with a staff consisting entirely of Specs Howard grads. The owner of the station had a background in real estate, not radio, and is said to have chosen the people he would hire by playing their audition tapes for his kids and asking them which ones they liked most. Bob is glad the kids liked his tape.

Bob’s next job came at Tower 98 in Monroe. It was at Tower 98 that Bob made the transition from DJ to news guy. Tower 98 was also where he met his wife, Tina, who worked as Traffic Director at the station.

Next on Bob’s resume is a stop at WSPD/WLQR in Toledo. It was there that Bob covered stories like the mayor’s tearful apology for having suggested that the city’s deaf population might enjoy living near the airport. Toledo is also where Bob discovered Mudhens baseball and Tony Packo’s Cafe. Ask Bob sometime about how he nearly knocked Jamie Farr over once in the hallway at WSPD/WLQR.

From Toledo, Bob went to Detroit, where he worked at all-news station WWJ for six years. While he was working there, he also nearly knocked over Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, but that’s another story.

One day Bob was sent to the home of a Detroit police officer who had been killed in the line of duty. His WWJ bosses wanted him to interview the officer’s friends and family who were coming to the house to grieve. Bob told his bosses he felt uncomfortable sticking his microphone in the faces of grieving friends and family members. This was considered insubordination by his bosses, and he was fired. But that’s OK, because that's when Bob found WEMU and public radio.

Bob joined the wonderful staff of WEMU in May of 2003. He really enjoys not having to chase ambulances and fire trucks all the time. He loves having the flexibility to spend seven-and-a-half minutes telling a good story if he needs the time. And he is thrilled to be able to serve WEMU listeners in the amazingly personal way that working in public radio makes possible.

Bob, his wife Tina and their daughter Samantha live in rural Monroe County.

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Local News
1:49 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Police Treating EMU Football Player's Death as Homicide

Demarius Reed
Credit emich.edu

Ypsilanti police say Eastern Michigan University student and football player Demarius Reed suffered multiple gunshot wounds. 

The 20 year-old was found dead in and apartment complex and LeForge and Clark Roads this morning. 

Investigators believe Reed may have been the victim of a robbery, although no-one is in custody at this time. 

An autopsy has been performed, but results won't be known for some time. 

The junior from Chicago was a Communication, Media and Theater Arts major, and a wide receiver on the football team. 

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Local News
8:21 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Ann Arbor Attorney Sues State over Prison Abuse of Teens

An Ann Arbor attorney is suing the state on behalf of seven teenage boys who said they were sexually and physically abused in prison. WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.

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Environment
8:18 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Recycling Drop-off Station now accepting Textiles

Recycle Ann Arbor's Ellsworth Road drop-off station now accepts textiles, including clothing, curtains, bedding, towels, belts, shoes and soft toys.  

WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.

Hear Bob's report here.

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Local News
8:16 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Another Big Gift for U-of-M's 'Victors for Michigan' Campaign

The University of Michigan has received another generous donation toward its "Victors for Michigan" fundraising campaign. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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Local News
8:14 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Is Recent Auto Sales Slump Due to Government Shutdown?

Auto sales fell in the second week of October despite expectations to the contrary. WEMU's Bob Eccles has a look at one local dealership's take on the sales slump.

Hear Bob's report here.

Local News
8:12 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Argo Cascades Public Art Project down to Two Finalists

The Argo Cascades Public Art Project is down to two finalists, and each artist presented their design concepts to the public Thursday afternoon at Ann Arbor City Hall. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Click here to hear Bob's report.

Local News
12:04 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Water Street Family Dollar Sign Crisis Averted

The crisis that could have derailed plans for a Family Dollar store in the Water Street Re-Development Area has been averted.

City Council on Tuesday approved a development plan for the store that removed a provision to allow a so-called monument sign on the property – something a representative of the developer suggested could be a deal-breaker. 

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Local News
11:58 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Ypsi Planning Commission approves Master Plan Revision

The Ypsilanti Planning Commission last night approved the city’s revised master plan.  WEMU’s Bob Eccles has the story.

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Local News
3:15 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Washtenaw Health Plan gets help from ACCESS as HealthCare.Gov irons out Wrinkles

Washtenaw Public Health gets help from ACCESS as the website HealthCare.gov irons out wrinkles thast have made it difficult to enroll in health care plans. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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Local News
3:11 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Faith-Based Program Celebrates with Stewardship Dinner

A new faith-based program serving in Washtenaw County holds its first stewardship dinner Thursday night. WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.

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Business
10:17 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Proposed Dollar Store On Ypsilant's Water Street In Jeopardy

Action taken by Ypsilanti City Council last night may put the Family Dollar store planned for Water Street in jeopardy.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story. 

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Business
8:30 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Deadline for Ann Arbor 'Y' Lot Offers is Friday

The city of Ann Arbor hopes to sell the "Y" lot and avoid a big payment that would come due in December if it doesn't. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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Community
8:28 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

City of Ann Arbor Hiring Consultant to perform Assessment

The city of Ann Arbor is hiring a consultant to assess the way it provides services to residents. WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.

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Local News
8:25 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

EMU College of Business Makes It 10 Straight Years on Princeton Review List

Eastern Michigan University's College of Business has done it again - making the Princeton Review's list of top business schools in the country for the 10th straight year. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Hear Bob's report here.

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Local News
7:45 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Free and Reduced Cost Lunch Program Unscathed by Government Shutdown - So Far

The program that offers students from low-income families the chance to enjoy a free or reduced cost lunch has not been affected by the partial federal government shutdown - yet. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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Local News
7:30 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Ypsi Police Chief Hiring Process Moving Forward

The process of finding Ypsilanti's next Chief of Police is moving forward, with the application period closing Monday. WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.

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Local News
7:54 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Michigan AMBER Alert System OK Despite Partial Government Shutdown

Michigan's AMBER Alert system won't be affected by the partial federal government shutdown. WEMU's Bob Eccles has more. 

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Arts & Culture
7:51 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

New Public Art Dedication In Ann Arbor

A new piece of public art that hangs in the second floor of the Justice Center lobby in Ann Arbor is being dedicated Thursday evening. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Hear Bob's report here.

Local News
7:49 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Local Boards and Commissions need Volunteers

If you've been itching to do your civic duty, this may be the chance you've been waiting for.  As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, more than a dozen Washtenaw County boards and commissions are seeking volunteers who'd like to serve.

Click here to hear Bob's report.

Local News
6:31 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Ann Arbor-Saline Road to get Face-lift

Ann Arbor-Saline Road between Oak Valley Drive and Eisenhower Parkway is getting some much needed attention. WEMU's Bob Eccles has a look at the upcoming construction project.

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Local News
6:24 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

U-of-M Launching Most Ambitious Fundraising Campaign in its History

The University of Michigan next month will officially launch the most ambitious fundraising campaign in school history. WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.

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Local News
6:22 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

HSHV Named Best Large Shelter by Michigan Pet Fund Alliance

The Humane Society of Huron Valley is being hailed as the Best Large Animal Shelter in the state by the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the award recognizes the shelter for having the best "save rate" in 2012.

Hear Bob's report here.

Education
2:26 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Ypsilanti Community Schools Approve $158k Alarm Systems; Hires Gibelyou As Facilities Director

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education last night approved replacing the alarm systems in several district buildings.  Superintendent Scott Menzel maintains that most of the new systems are being installed in former Willow Run school district buildings.

Bob Eccles has the full story:

Bob Eccles Reports

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Local News
8:28 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

National Solar Tour comes to Ypsi This Weekend

The National Solar Tour is coming to Ypsilanti this weekend.

You'll be able to visit nearly a dozen buildings - including a few homes - that have solar panels, and learn about solar energy at each site.

The event is organized by SolarYpsi. Founder Dave Strenski says says the sites on the tour will include the Corner Brewery, the Ypsilanti Food Co-op, Adams STEM Academy, and City Hall.

The tour runs from 10am to 4pm Saturday.  For a complete list of tour sites or more information visit SolarYpsi.org.

http://solarypsi.org

Local News
8:24 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

EMU and Thomas Cooley Law School Team Up

Eastern Michigan University and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School are now offering four joint degree programs.

The schools have formed a partnership allowing students to take up to six masters level course credits from either institution's program and apply them toward their degree. 

Programs will be offered in educational leadership, health administration, business administration, and human resource and organizational development.

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