The Big B.A., Bob Ancheta is featured in today's Portland Tribune. Had the good fortune to work with B.A. at "1480 Rock" 1985-87 when he was P.D. Great memories and he was a fun boss to work for, so I couldn't be more pleased that the Trib is honoring him today after 40 years in broadcasting. It's a great article:
The Big B.A. - 40 Years On The Air(12 posts)
Posted on November 19, 2009 - 03:35 AM #
Congratulations on your milestone, Bob!
Here are some of B.A.'s recollections of his days at KQ4:Posted on November 19, 2009 - 08:30 AM #
The Big BA is Portland in a pair of pants. That is, on the rare occasions that he's actually wearing pants. Congrats Bob and many more years to come!!!Posted on November 19, 2009 - 11:11 AM #
Nice article. Too bad they can't put the best stories in there. :D
Bob was a great PD to work for, and I don't dish out compliments to PD's very often.
Mostly it was because KVAN 1480 had become his baby. It was there that he really
developed his on air persona. By the time he hit KGON he was able to handle the
trade off, giving up that near absolute freedom of programming we all had at KVAN
for the corporate driven environments that began to prevail.
Most importantly, Bob has built internetjock from scratch. He started that
venture in a different circumstance from today. Bandwidth was unavailable
in many places. ISDN was expensive and DSL was barely on the map. Hard drives were
expensive and reel tape machines were becoming obsolete. Very gutsy.
I'm glad it has paid off for him.
Happy birthday coming up, Bob. Welcome to 58!!.
AndyPosted on November 19, 2009 - 12:39 PM #
A little Big BA trivia for you...He auditioned, but was deemed "not good enough" by then KBPS manager Dr. Patricia Swenson to be a part of the airstaff. BA, I would have put you on in a heartbeat!! :) Congrats on the milestone!Posted on November 19, 2009 - 01:52 PM #
Worked with B.A. at KAAR in Vancouver. It was at the Tower Mall and RIGHT down the street from my folks house. I rode my bike down the street to work there. Overnights.
He was a great mentor and an outstanding talent. GREW UP listening to him.
All the best, Bob!!Posted on November 19, 2009 - 02:43 PM #
So nice to hear from friends like all of you, Craig you are such a wealth of information, you know more about me than me, Bill, thanks for that tid bit about KBPS, I almost forgot about that. Andy and I could write a book about the crazy 1480 KVAN, and Joel thanks for Keeping the KQ4 Memories alive.Tom Turner.............just say it!!Posted on November 20, 2009 - 05:24 PM #
One of the great fm teams ever, afternoon drive with BA and Chris Burns [car wars,barwars}Posted on November 20, 2009 - 05:53 PM #
Chris was the reason I got into radio! Chris is my mothers cousin and he told me some whoppers about himself and BA. I actually got to meet BA while Chris was still at KGON. He was such a nice guy. I got to sit in on about a dozen of their shows. Those were the days!
I remember the day that Chris and BA let me push the big red button to start the cart machine. The station ID played and right into Boston... That was like the best thing ever! I talked about that at school for weeks!Posted on November 20, 2009 - 08:32 PM #
BA= you left out discovering "Little Ricky Rocko" at KAAR!Posted on November 22, 2009 - 09:27 AM #