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Bob Guthrie, whose steady, distinctive voice has guided residents of south Texas through floods, wars, and Fiesta for 53 years, has announced he will retire from 1200 WOAI on April 24th
- Matt Martin, President/Market Manager Clear Channel San Antonio
Bob joined WOAI in 1956, and his more than half century with WOAI is among the longest tenures at a single station in the history of American broadcasting.
Bob, who turned 75 last month, joined WOAI while he was a 22 year old soldier still on active duty in the U.S. Army. Bob has been a part of many of the pivotal news events which have shaped our world since then. For example, not only was Bob in the packed hallway of the Dallas Police Department on November 22, 1963, when Lee Harvey Oswald was brought in for questioning for the assassination of President Kennedy, but it was Bob, a lifelong hunter, who identified to the Dallas detectives the make and model of the weapon Oswald used to kill the President, after officers found it in the Texas School Book Depository Building earlier that day.
Bob was a news and sports anchor and reporter for nearly twenty years on San Antonio’s Channel 4 Television when both radio and television were in the same downtown building. He is an experienced pilot, having earned his commercial license in 1968. Bob is the familiar voice of many community events, including the Battle of Flowers Parade, The Investiture of King Antonio, and for over 30 years delivered a weekly newscast at the luncheon of the Downtown SA Rotary club – the largest rotary club in the world. Bob continues to serve as an honorary Rotarian.
“Bob has accomplished what all of us in broadcasting, either in front of the mike or behind the scenes, aspire to. Not only is he a beloved, respected, and admired figure in this community and profession, but Bob has set a standard of excellence in journalism over these past 53 years that we will continue to aspire to. We remain deeply grateful for his many contributions to 1200 WOAI and our community.”
“Bob has been such an amazing example not just for generations of news men and women, but for generations of people he never knew, yet who knew him as a friend and as a reassuring voice in times of crisis. He will continue to inspire us, and I’m glad he will remain an associate of this radio station and this industry even during his well deserved retirement.”
- Jim Forsyth, WOAI News Director