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 Elections
1:58 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Income Tax and Millage Public Forums

The city of Ypsilanti has scheduled a series of community presentations to offer information on the income tax and Water Street debt millage that go before voters in May.

Health
11:46 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Housing Commission Properties Going Smoke Free

Smoke-free policy begins this spring in properties operated by Ypsilanti Housing Commission.

Local Government
8:55 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Council Gives Final Approval to Income Tax Ballot Issue

It's official.  Ypsilanti residents will see an income tax issue on the ballot in May.

Business
10:35 am
Mon February 13, 2012

A2 Print Companies Merge

Two long-time Ann Arbor book printing companies have merged in an effort to better serve their customers and face the printing industry's digital future.

City Funding
9:26 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Debt Millage and Income Tax Headed for May Ballot

Ypsilanti's city council has approved a Water Street debt millage issue for the May ballot, along with first reading of a city income tax question that would be decided by voters at the same time.

Education
9:13 am
Tue February 7, 2012

School Board Asked to Partner on New Charter School

The Ypsilanti school board is being asked to consider partnering on a new charter middle school.

Privatization
10:33 am
Thu February 2, 2012

District May Privatize Custodial Services

Ypsilanti school board to seek proposals from private firms for custodial services in district school buildings.

Education
8:32 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Districts To Share Transportation Center

Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts agree to share bus facility;  could be prelude to further consolidation.

City Funding
10:10 am
Wed January 18, 2012

City Hires Local Firm for Income Tax Study

The city of Ypsilanti has hired a local consulting firm to do an income tax feasibility study before putting the tax question to voters in May.

Public Safety
9:43 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Fighting Repeal of Michigan's Motorcycle Helmet Law

A group of Washtenaw County medical professionals is rallying to try and prevent the repeal of Michigan's motorcycle helmet law.

Local Elections
10:00 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Ypsilanti Voters to Decide Income Tax and Bond Issues

Issues will be on Ypsilanti's ballot in May.

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City Land Use
9:58 am
Wed January 11, 2012

City Agrees to Recreation Center for Water Street Property

Ypsilanti's city council approves letter of intent for county-wide recreational facility.

Public Safety
9:02 am
Fri January 6, 2012

Fire Safety Outreach This Weekend

Washtenaw/Lenawee Red Cross conducts door-to-door fire safety outreach this weekend.

Ypsilanti City Manager
9:18 am
Thu December 22, 2011

City Taps Hansen to be Interim Manager

Former state rep to serve as interim Ypsilanti city manager.

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Transportation
9:58 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Council Again Postpones Vote on Regional Transit

Ypsilanti's city council has again postponed a vote on a four-party agreement to set framework for regional transit authority.

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Ypsilanti School Board
9:20 am
Wed December 14, 2011

Brumfield Steps Down After 17 Years on School Board

School board bids fond farewell to Floyd Brumfield.

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Ypsilanti City Manager
9:12 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Four Candidates for Interim City Manager

Ypsilanti's city council expected to name interim manager before Christmas.

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Rutherford Pool
9:16 am
Thu December 8, 2011

Pool Fundraiser a Success

Good new for those backing construction of a new swimming pool in Ypsilanti.

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New Boss Really Is The Old Boss
9:37 am
Thu December 1, 2011

O'Dell Returns to Head EMU Police Department

Eastern Michigan University welcomes back Greg O'Dell to head the campus police department.

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Ypsilanti School Board
9:25 am
Tue November 29, 2011

School Board Will Not Renew Houle's Contract

Ypsilanti school board ousts district's treasurer and CFO.

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Ypsilanti School Board
10:34 am
Thu November 24, 2011

Houle Out as Ypsilanti School District CFO

Ypsilanti school board may not renew David Houle's contract. 

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Late again
9:53 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Housing Commission Angers City Council

Commission is again late with improvement plans.

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Sharing space
11:53 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Ypsi/Willow Run May Share Transportation Facility

School boards to consider options to replace aging Ypsilanti bus garage.

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Environment
4:04 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

Michigan Near the Top in Mercury Pollution

Environmental group says Michigan mercury emissions are  among the nation's highest.

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Ann Arbor Township
11:18 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Millage Renewal Vote in Ann Arbor Township

Ann Arbor Township voters have a millage issue to consider on tomorrow's ballot.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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