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Bob Carroll to be roasted
by Harry Spencer
Oct 21, 2013 | 1226 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
One of this area’s most iconic and legendary performers on radio and TV, Bob Carroll, is scheduled to be roasted at a special event on Friday, October 25th.

The event is being sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Reno and will occur at the Bavarian World Restaurant, 6th and Valley Road. Hours for the event are 5:30 p.m. for no-host cocktails and dinner scheduled at 6:30 p.m. The cost for the evening is $35 which includes your first glass of wine.

According to the invite sent out by the Kiwanis, the event will be known as “BOB-TOBERFEST.”

In addition to the “Roasters” who know Bob well, there will be special music and a guest appearance by Bert Bonaldi, aka Bert Holiday of “The Gaylords” fame. There will also be a silent auction and many door prizes to be awarded. The event is a fundraiser with all proceeds going to the Kiwanis Club sponsorship of Vaugn Middle School.

Tickets are available by calling 787-1663 or email b2xtax@gmail.com before 5 p.m. today.

This writer’s first encounter with Carroll came sometime in 1958. At that time I was on my way to work at the Myles, Spencer and Trail Advertising Agency. As I drove into the parking lot I was fiddling with the radio dial and happened to land on Radio station KDOT. To my surprise I heard a very resonant voice of a disc jockey introducing a record. I was amazed at the timbre and quality of his voice. At first I thought the station might have received a tape from San Francisco or Los Angeles. I was even more surprised when the announcer noted he was Bob Carroll from Reno. When I got to my desk that day the first thing I did was dial KDOT and ask for Bob. I said that I had enjoyed his voice on the radio and was interested in having him do some radio spots for our agency. He seemed quite happy about the call and said he would be available for an interview when he got off the air. When he arrived at the agency, we gave him copy for a 60 second radio spot for Home Furniture. He delivered the spot extremely well, and I later asked him what his talent fee was for the recording. He said that he had never done any outside work and didn’t know what to charge. I immediately offered him $5 and he quickly accepted.

For the next 40 years whenever you wanted someone to cut a radio or television spot and you needed a man’s voice, you always called Bob first. On the distaff side when you needed a female voice for radio or TV, you dialed Betty Stoddard’s number.

Among the many good promotional ideas Bob has had over the years one of the best is his creation, along with photog Don Dondero, of the areas Good Old Days (GOD) Club which meets the third Friday of every month at the Tamarack Junction Casino.

Harry Spencer is a long-time northern Nevada resident.
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