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The Bob & Tom Show
Genre comedy, talk
Running time 6 A.M.-10:00 A.M. (10:00-10:30 allotment locally) EST
Country United States United States
Home station WFBQ Indianapolis, Indiana
Starring Bob Kevoian
Tom Griswold
Kristi Lee
Chick McGee
Exec. producers Marty Bender
Air dates March 7, 1983 to date (local)
Podcast .../gen3/podcast_main.htm

The Bob & Tom Show is a syndicated US radio program established by Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold at radio station WFBQ in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1983, and syndicated nationally since 1995.

Owned by Clear Channel Communications, a media conglomerate which owns more than a thousand radio stations, the program enjoys extensive popularity. The program has frequently received recognition by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) as an exemplar in American radio.[1]



The show is hosted by Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold; they are joined by Chick McGee (Charles Dean) who acts as sports commentator as well as comic foil, and Kristi Lee (Theresa Rose) the show's news anchor and occasional target of the show's humor. The show is a comedy-variety show. Each day, there are usually several guests on the show, including many comedians seeking a national fan base. During the show, live or pre-recorded comic songs and skits are often played, including many from a huge library of archived pieces. And there are frequent impromptu calls from numerous "characters" voiced by various members of the show's staff. The show airs from 6 A.M. to 10 A.M. EST on all the affiliate stations. There is a local segment that ends between 10:00 and 10:30 EST, only on home station WFBQ. They organize and support the Bob and Tom Radio: The Comedy Tour shows.

The Bob and Tom Show sponsors a Bob and Tom monster truck.

Common characters and parodies

Many fictional characters and parodies of real-life people have sprung up during the show's history, some voiced by Bob Kevoian, Tom Griswold, Chick McGee, Executive Producer Marty Bender and on-air producer Dean Metcalf. Their website also lists Steve Salge and Ron Sexton. [2]

Fictional characters

  • Donnie Baker (Ron Sexton)
  • Floyd the Truck Driver (Ron Sexton)
  • Jumbo the Elephant (Dean Metcalf)
  • Kenny Tarmac (Ron Sexton)
  • Ernie Furglar (owner of Furglar's Hardware Store) (Steve Salge)
  • Randy (Donnie Baker's boss) (Matt Thompson)
  • Herm Johnson (St. Petersburg snowbird) (Steve Salge)
  • Bob Bile (Marty Bender)
  • Hadji (Marc Much)
  • Ian St. Ian (Dean Metcalf)
  • Doc Whiskey (Tom Griswold)
  • Dick Mango (Tom Griswold)

Parodies of real people and movie/television characters

The show takes calls from actual live fans, plus miscellaneous "crazy fan" caricatures are piped through.

Other skits

  • The Mr. Obvious Show (Chick McGee, caller Dean Metcalf)
  • Belly Up w/ Sir Charles and Tony
  • Real Girls on Video
  • Screen Door Productions

Kenny Tarmac

Kenny Tarmac embodies that annoying person on your flight with an over-inflated sense of self-worth who feels the need to demonstrate to everyone how important he is by loudly calling someone just as the plane lands. He always uses airport abbreviations while referring to his locations to further illustrate just how busy and important he is. He always calls Bob & Tom when he lands, and he always gets another call while talking to them.

Notable Quotes

  • "Hey shooter!"
  • "We just landed!"
  • "Yeah, I'm at ATL."
  • "Hang on, I got a phone call."
  • "I know...I know"
  • "Whoa, whoa, WHOA!"

Donnie Baker

Baker regularly makes topical calls to the show. He relates anecdotes involving a good friend who had a semi-relevant experience, usually ending in a lewd or scatological punch-line. Most of his calls are punctuated by a tagline like, "I swear to God I did" or "Look it up..." Sometimes, Donnie is corrected, or told to get off the phone by Randy, his work supervisor, after which he always yells "Shut up Randy!". His calls usually end abruptly, and always by him saying, "...I gotta go.".

Notable Quotes

  • "I swear to God I did..."
  • "We got it on tape."
  • "They have to, it's a state law"
  • "...look it up."
  • "Hey do you know (random name)?"
  • "NO, IT AIN'T!"
  • "Shut up Randy!"
  • "Everybody knows it!"
  • "I had Tommy Johns surgery on both knees!"
  • "I think I know more about (whatever topic Bob & Tom are talking about) than anyone I know of"

TV program

On November 3, 2008, WGN America began airing an hour-long TV show taken from the day's radio broadcast at Midnight ET Monday through Friday (as of November 2009, it was moved to 2am ET). The show also airs at 11pm on sister station WTTV in Indianapolis.


Public service

  • They are well known for their charitable work. Some of the albums they have produced since 1986 have been utilized to raise money for various charities.
  • In October it has become tradition for Chick to get a prostate exam on the air to raise awareness for prostate cancer. Bob and Tom used to promote this exam as "Proctober"; however, this exam is now "Proctember". The on-air exam was missed in 2006 and 2007. The latest exam was held on September 1, 2009.
  • In August Kenny Tarmac received multiple taser shots for a fund raising event called "Tase the Tar" to raise fund for local police department and to raise the awareness for slower witted criminals of the effects of being tased multiple times. Hundreds of people turned out who contributed thousands of dollars to have the Tar Tased.
  • Bob and Tom have sponsored numerous donations of their CDs and other items to military personnel stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan in conjunction a large sponsor of Napa Auto Parts [1]


  • In 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2006, Bob & Tom were recipients of the Marconi Award from the NAB.
  • From 1991 to 1998, Bob & Tom received The Billboard Magazine Radio Personality of the Year award.
  • In 1994, Bob & Tom were named Sagamores of the Wabash, the state of Indiana's highest honor.
  • In 1995, Bob & Tom were given William Joseph Simmons award for excellence from the Sons of Scotland [3]
  • In 1996 and 2000, the show was awarded the National Chairman's Citation Award from the Leukemia Society of America.
  • In 2000, 2001, and 2003, Bob & Tom received the Radio & Records Classic Rock Personality of the Year Award.[4]


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