Bob Eccles


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.


11:26 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Local Teacher Honored by MASB

Social studies teacher honored for teaching students about homelessness and macro-economics.

1:51 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

State Residents Willing to Pay More for Transportation

New poll shows Michigan voters are willing to pay higher taxes for transportation.

2:59 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

School Board Considers Cuts in Transportation

The Ypsilanti School district is looking for ways to cut spending and save money on transportation.

Eastern Michigan University
1:56 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Marketing EMU: Phase Two

Eastern Michigan University is launching the second phase of its "True EMU" marketing campaign.

9:51 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Nervous System Diseases are the Focus of New UofM Health Initiative

The University of Michigan health system plans a 163-million dollar project for new facility.

Health Care
9:46 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Healthcare Help for Ypsilanti

Residents of Ypsilanti's "gateway community" should find it easier to gain access to healthcare options through a new program.

City Government
10:01 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Ypsilanti Suspended from Flood Insurance Coverage

Ypsilanti residents who carry flood insurance will have to make do without it for the next few weeks.

3:03 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

School Boards Hold Joint Meeting Tonight

The Ypsilanti and Willow Run school boards meet tonight to begin the process of consolidating the two districts.

11:39 am
Wed April 11, 2012

State Supports Ypsilanti-Willow Run Consolidation

The idea of consolidating the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts has found a fan in Michigan's Superintendent of Education.

12:22 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

'Freezing' On The UofM Diag

Students making their way across the University of Michigan diag on Wednesday suddenly froze in place, standing motionless for five minutes.

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8:39 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Board Takes Small Step Toward District Consolidation

The Ypsilanti school board has agreed to meet with the Willow Run school board to explore possible consolidation of the two districts.

Disaster relief
10:05 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Faith Group Helping Victims of Dexter Tornado

The organization Faith in Action is helping to collect donated food and non-food items for victims of last Thursday's tornado in Dexter.

Local Government
1:55 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Housing Commission Employee May Have Been Paid While Jailed

Ypsilanti's city council wants to know whether an employee of the city's housing commission was improperly paid while behind bars, and if so, who knew about it.

Disaster relief
8:30 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Putting Lives Back Together in Dexter

The mission of the American Red Cross is evolving as cleanup continues in Dexter following last Thursday's tornado.

9:16 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Ypsilanti Schools Facing Huge Budget Deficit

Ypsilanti's school board received some stark enrollment and budget projections Monday night.

Public Safety
9:12 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Search Process Underway for New Ann Arbor Police Chief

Ann Arbor's city administrator is moving forward with the process of finding a permanent replacement for retiring police chief Barnett Jones.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.