Rivers played keyboards for a cover band affiliated with the show, Spike and the Impalers,    until Rivers was born in Branford, Connecticut on July 7,   and raised as a Catholic.
On the air, he occasionally referred to the work ethic and competitive streak he learned from his parents. His father was the head of a utility company. He knew from an early age that he wanted to be on radio. At the age of 15, he released a bootleg AM broadcast from the basement of his family's home a prank which his mother put a stop to. He got his first paying radio job when he was 16, but reputedly was fired for playing too much Led Zeppelin.
Twisted Christmas was certified a gold record. In the spring of , at Baltimore radio station "98 Rock" WIYY-FM , as a lead morning show personality between and , Bob Rivers gained national attention for an day, on-the-air marathon during a Baltimore Orioles losing streak. He vowed to remain on the air until the Orioles won a game. He kept his vow and became a local celebrity among Orioles fans for his pledge.
During the marathon, he only took naps during songs and started to develop health complications from the lack of sleep. In just under two years after joining WIYY, Rivers increased the station's morning show's ratings by about 65 percent. Rivers met Spike to test-drive a Hyundai, and Spike either "talked his way" into an unpaid internship on the show  or, in his own words, "[Rivers] had taken them [WIYY] from worst to first and they offered him an insulting pay increase to renew.
He went public with their insult and at that point they took him off the air for the rest of his term. He met me and invited me in as an intern. When he left, he thought enough of me to ask me to join him. Their chief rival was the station KXRX. Rivers brought Spike O'Neill with him; Spike served as sportscaster, writer, and impressionist. They spent "six weeks of hour days doing production and brainstorming and writing" before their first show on air. Rivers released a second album of humorous holiday-themed music in entitled I Am Santa Claus the title track was a parody of Black Sabbath 's song Iron Man.
Bob Rivers and his Twisted Radio show also produced many non-holiday parodies covering such topics as pop culture , politicians , and the various sports teams and players in the Seattle area.
These "Twisted Tunes" could be heard for free on his website. CD compilation albums are also available. Rivers claims that more Twisted Tunes were written about the O. While earning many fans, the song also gained international attention and some controversy when it was used in by some Norwegian peacekeepers in Kosovo to make a music video. In late , the Seattle Post-Intelligencer noted that, after 10 years at the station, Rivers had the longest tenure of any radio personality in the local market.
Add a New Message. RadEditor's components - toolbar, content area, modes and modules. RadEditor hidden textarea. Link Text. Choose Image. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. About The Author. Bob Rivers Robert "Bob" Rivers born July 7, in Branford, Connecticut is a retired American rock and roll radio on-air personality in the Pacific Northwest, as well as a prolific producer and songwriter of parody songs, most famous for his Christmas song parodies.
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