Legislature Honors Bob Dorr, Longtime Radio Host and Band Leader

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DES MOINES, Iowa  --  The Iowa legislature took a few moments on Monday to recognize a longtime Iowa musician and public radio host.

Bob Dorr was on the floor of the House and Senate as a proclamation was read to honor his 45 years on-air doing numerous music radio shows for station KUNI, now a part of Iowa Public Radio. He started in October of 1972.

Dorr said he had never gotten this type of recognition and that it was humbling.

“I was the first-ever rock and roll show on a public station in Iowa,” said Dorr. “I thought it was a way to work my way through college. Before I was even done, I was working 40 hours a week."

The Blue Band toured mainly in the Midwest with stops including Minneapolis, Omaha, Lincoln, and Kansas City. The band also traveled as far as Sun Valley, Idaho, and BB King’s place on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee.

Dorr was able to keep his radio show going even when traveling with the band.

“That was made possible through the miracle of pre-recording,” said Dorr. "I could be 300 miles away and be on tape in Cedar Falls."

The 8-10 piece Blue Band's last performance was on January 20th.

“The other original Blue Bander Jeff Peterson and myself are carrying on with three different smaller groups,” said Dorr. "I’m the drummer, so I get to sit in the back rather than being the front guy."

Dorr said he plans to keep on making music.

“You imagine that being a low-level band leader and a weekend public radio announcer does not really add up the the bank account of a retiree, I’m still working.”


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