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Addie Bobkins-TV Host, Radio Personality & Stage Actor

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  • Started 6 years ago by Craig_Adams
  • Latest reply from semoochie

  1. Craig_Adams
    Radio historian

    Today February 22, 1932 Addie Bobkins was born in Los Angeles, California. Bob Adkins moved to Portland as a child and attended Beaumont Grade School. In 1946 he was already a professional drummer. By 1948 he became a drummer in the "Young Oregonians" band to 1951. On June 6, 1950 Bob graduated from Grant High School. On November 30, 1951 it was announced Bob Adkins was now in the U.S. Air Force.

    On November 1, 1952 Bob Adkins, back in Portland, began as a "Radio Click" disc jockey on KLIQ the first Portland station to drop block programming for music and the first station in Portland to switch to Popular music. Bob was on KLIQ from 4:00pm to local sunset, 7 days a week and sold air time, all for $29.45 a week, against a 10% commission. On March 4, 1953 Bob opened on stage as part of the cast in the drama "Death of A Salesman" at Civic Theater.

    On August 11, 1953 Summer ratings were announced, showing KLIQ out of nowhere with big numbers. All the KLIQ DJ's asked for raises or they'd walk. On August 22, 1953 Robert Harold Adkins married Joanne Stout. On October 23, 1953 it was announced Bob Adkins was on KWJJ mornings 6:00 to 9:00am, in addition to sales. On November 4, 1953 Bob was in the cast opening "7th Heaven" at Civic Theater.

    On November 10, 1953 it was announced Bob was leaving KWJJ to become KBKW Sales Manager in Aberdeen, WA. By October 1954 Bob was back in Portland living at: 5711 N.E. Prescott St. By May 1955 Bob Adkins was a weekend disc jockey on KXL, attending "Lewis & Clark College" majoring in Theology. By November 1955 he become "Addie Bobkins" on KXL. Name was given by a friend.

    On January 30, 1956 Bob joined the KEX "Big 5" disc jockey team, using his real name on "The Bob Adkins Show" 7:00pm to 9:30pm weeknights. On February 13, 1956 Bob was given more time on KEX with "Bob's Danceland" 10:15pm to 11:45pm weeknights. On April 22, 1956 it was announced Robert Adkins was elected "Lewis & Clark College" student body President for 1956 school year.

    On December 16, 1956 "Bob's Danceland" aired for the last time. Beginning in March 1957 with Bob balancing college during days and KEX nights he was heard less and less. On April 8, 1957 Bob did his last KEX show to devote more time to college. On May 7, 1957 it was announced Robert Adkins received the "Lewis & Clark College" Gold Key award for outstanding leadership, scholarship and service to the college. Bob rejoined KXL during the Summer of 1957, living at: 01944 S.W. Palatine Hill Rd.

    In Fall 1957 Bob moved to KEED radio Springfield/Eugene, continuing college at the University of Oregon. Then on June 15, 1959 Bob became Addie Bobkins again when "The Addie Bobkins Show" kids program debuted on KVAL channel 13 Eugene 4:00pm to 5:00pm. His TV show was seen simultaneously on KPIC channel 4 Roseburg. On October 1, 1960 "The Addie Bobkins Show" was now seen on KCBY channel 11 in Coos Bay, as well. In April 1961 Bob won the Radio-TV "Mirror" award for Best Children's Program In 11 Western States.

    On August 21, 1961 "The Addie Bobkins Show" moved to KPTV weekday afternoons at 4:30pm to 5:00pm, with him came puppet "Ellwood" dog. Ad: "The Addie Bobkins Show is different...refreshingly new in content, and delightful to watch. It sparkles." On September 25, 1961 Addie began hosting the new "Popeye Theater" 5:30 to 6:00pm weekday afternoons. On October 13, 1961 Bob starred in "Picnic" at Civic Theater. Many other stage productions would follow.

    On January 18, 1962 "The Addie Bobkins Show" at 4:30pm became "Casper Cartoons" hosted by Addie until the last broadcast June 22, 1962. On August 27, 1962 "The Addie Bobkins Show" began weekday mornings at 8:00am, for 30 minutes. On September 3, 1962 Addie began hosting the new "Lippy Lion" weeknights at 6:00pm, for 30 minutes.

    On January 21, 1963 Addie Bobkins became a "KISN Good Guy", on the air 10:00 to Noon weekdays, continuing his KPTV kids show. On January 26, 1963 Addie judged the big "Duncan Yo-Yo" contest at Albertson's, 124th & Division, 1 to 3pm. On February 1, 1963 "The Addie Bobkins Show" ended. Addie continued hosting "Popeye Cartoons" & "Lippy Lion" afternoons. On April 1, 1963 "Lippy Lion" became "Cartoon Castle" with Addie hosting, at 6pm for 30 minutes.

    On February 11, 1963 Bob Adkins appeared as a desk clerk on the ABC/Warner Bros. TV series "The Dakotas" episode "Crisis At High Banjo" (Color). Adkins was on camera 30 seconds and said nine words. Bob estimated it cost them $1,200 to fly him down for the part. On March 2, 1963 Addie was Grand Marshal for the annual Gay Nineties parade. Ad: "Boys and Girls! Meet Addie Bobkins and his dog Feather, of KPTV-12, IN PERSON...WITH HIS PUPPETS. M&F-Lloyd's Friday Apr 19th 7-9pm. M&F-Downtown Saturday Apr 20th 2-4pm. Addie will autograph his pictures."

    November 17, 1963 Ad: "See Addie Bobkins & Feather at Lampus 2 to 4pm." On January 17, 1964 "Popeye Cartoons" became "Popeye's Pier 12" with "Addie Bobkins, Feather, Popeye & the entire Mickey Mouse Club. 5PM." On January 25, 1964 "The Addie Bobkins Show" returned for the last time on Portland TV, Saturday mornings at 9:00am for 30 minutes but the show didn't last long, ending on February 29, 1964.

    On Saturday April 25, 1964 "Danceland U.S.A." debuted at 4:00pm for 30 minutes. Addie Bobkins & Conny Yost hosted a teenage dance party featuring Hillsboro High School, Lake Oswego High School, "The Statics" Seattle's gold Record combo on the first program. The show was short-lived with its last party on May 2, 1964.

    In September 1964 Addie Bobkins left for KCOP (TV) in Los Angeles to continue his kids show on KPTV's sister station. On the KCOP roof they had placed life size portraits of Addie and his collie Feather. Addie spent three years in Los Angeles doing a radio show in the morning, a TV kids show afternoons and stage productions at night. Bob burned out.

    On July 23, 1967 Addie Bobkins returned to Portland. On November 15, 1967 Bob Adkins opened a branch office of "Equity Funding Corp. of America" a life insurance agency where Bob was Division Manager at: 610 S.W. Broadway. Bob joined the company in May 1967 after several years in the insurance field in Southern California and Texas.

    On December 20, 1969 it was announced Bob Adkins of "First Northwest Corp." was named Multnomah County Chairman for the 1970 March of Dimes. On April 12, 1970 Bob, formerly of First Northwest Corp., joined Homeland, Inc. (Oregon real estate investment management, development Co.). On April 16, 1971 Bob played "Professor" Harold Hill in "The Music Man" at Civic Theater. On stage, Bob wore the same stripped jacket Addie Bobkins once adorned.

    References: Bob Adkins, The Oregonian, TV Guide.

    Posted on February 22, 2014 - 01:21 AM #
  2. semoochie

    Didn't he run for the Oregon House of Representatives or Senate?

    Posted on February 23, 2014 - 01:16 AM #
  3. Craig_Adams
    Radio historian

    Yes, didn't bring it up. He didn't win.

    Posted on February 23, 2014 - 01:19 AM #
  4. Waynes World

    I thought Bob left for LA in 1964 and replaced by Ramblin' Rod. and by Dick Saint on KISN.What memories. I watched Popeyes' pier 12. thats where I learned about the 3 Stooges!

    Posted on February 27, 2014 - 10:24 AM #
  5. Debkins

    You are amazing Craig! May I add a political tidbit? If memory serves me correctly, dad ran for 22nd District State Legislature Representative against Harvey Akeson (incumbant) in November 1972. Dad was Bob Packwood's financial advisor in his 1968 campaign, then a member of the David Douglas School Board, so this was the next step for him. He only lost by 1/2 of 1 percent - a slim margin - but a loss just the same. It destroyed him financially and emotionally. He LOVED politics, and remained active in the Republican party until the day he died, but never ran for an office again. He was a great speaker, and often called upon to improvise when an elected official was running late, but never believed people took him seriously, that they thought of him as the local "clown." If he had won that election, it may have changed his whole life! Addie Bobkins for President! I can see it now...

    Posted on August 21, 2014 - 12:06 PM #
  6. Craig_Adams
    Radio historian

    Debkins: Thanks! Knew Addie ran for office but since he didn't win, I passed on mentioning the outcome. Also knew of his heavy ties to the Republican party. I always pass on party affiliations, it's a big turn off to the opposite side and in many cases changes readers opinion of the person positively or negatively in the future. Sometimes it's just best to leave somethings alone, giving readers a more broad perspective of the person they remember.

    Posted on August 21, 2014 - 08:56 PM #
  7. semoochie

    Hey Craig! I just noticed that you have exactly 4,000 more posts than I do or did just before this post.

    Posted on August 21, 2014 - 11:05 PM #
  8. Craig_Adams
    Radio historian

    I think if you had all your old posts counted, you'd still be NUMBER 1.

    Posted on August 22, 2014 - 12:14 AM #
  9. semoochie

    Over at "Radio Discussions", David Eduardo has well over 27,000 posts, so I have a little way to go yet! I'm surprised to hear from Addie's daughter, at this late stage of the game. What a great handle! I wonder if he called her that, when she was growing up.

    Posted on August 22, 2014 - 11:00 AM #
  10. Debkins

    Thanks for the advice about the politics Craig - never dawned on me! Dad was obviously registered one way... but often told me the philosophies of both sides were internally struggling inside of him! Maybe that's why he FELT some of his cohorts didn't like him... because he brought things to the table that they didn't agree with?

    I love my handle too! Can't figure out why I didn't get that nickname until AFTER he died... hmmm...

    Posted on August 27, 2014 - 09:27 PM #