Bob Lassiter RIP

I just learned that Tampa talk radio legend Bob Lassiter died last October. When I lived in the Tampa Bay area I listened to his show frequently. Bob was the one of the greatest storytellers in radio.

It may have been late 1996. Bob had been hinting for a week that he might do a show for a few listeners. Instead of setting a date, he said if he decided to do it there would be no warning. I lived a few blocks from the WFLA station in South Tampa at the time. Then one evening Bob gave the word that he would let a few listeners come down provided they brought their own chair.

Bob Lassiter

I grabbed a folding chair and drove down to the station. Once I arrived at the station I was padded down for weapons. Bob, being the only liberal on a conservative station, had a few enemies. Then for about 90 minutes or so I got to watch a live talk radio show from one of the masters.

His Christmas shows were legendary.

Bob Lassiter Christmas Show 1996

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