Longtime Fort Wayne radio personality...

Longtime Fort Wayne radio personality dies

There are 56 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Sep 4, 2007, titled Longtime Fort Wayne radio personality dies. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Bob Sievers, who woke up Fort Wayne on WOWO radio for more than 50 years, has died.

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kevin b

Rockford, IL

#44 May 10, 2008
i remeber every morning when it was time to get up i could here my parents radio turn on you would hear that famous song little red barn song.then here mr.wowo give school closing.then remeber hearing the 50 thousand watt wowo at the famous world fire escape.the only time that i turn on the radio is listen to bob chase for the komets.the voices of mr. wowo and bob chase.will be the two voices that you could never forget.but missing the voice or mr. wowo.it's not the same now.it's not worth to turn the radio on unless it's komet hockey.
r.i.p mr. wowo
Ike

New Baltimore, MI

#45 Jun 24, 2008
I Grew up listening to WOWO at night and early mornings on the AM skip down in VA, my thoughts and prayers are with his family and many listeners over the years.
Kristy

Lagro, IN

#46 Sep 24, 2008
Does anyone else remember the safety song?

They used to play it every morning and different guest singers could come into the studio to perform it. My mom was in a "kitchen band" where they all had instruments made out of various household items with kazoos attached to them. They went to WOWO and recorded their version of this song.
Here are some of the words I remember:

"Look both ways before you cross the street and always wait until the light turns green
Never play between the standing cars but in the open where you can be seen
Thoughtfulness to others will always pay as you can plainly see
But forgetting others someone everyday kills a happy girl or boy like me".......
Norfolkjoe

Watford, UK

#47 Feb 4, 2009
Lieutenant Disappointment wrote:
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I'm thinkin' when I worked there in the late sixties the night crew included at various times John Cigna (I probably spelled that wrong), Dale Ulmer, Michael O'Shay, Jim Ellenwood (I think he was Jim Brady on the air), Larry Kenny and Doug Gruber (spelling is suspect here, too, and as I recall, he was Doug Stevens on the air.) I believe Thom Brown was the program director and Glen Richards was the news director. I think Billy Wolf was the chief engineer and his predecessor might have been named Brokaw.
Yes, I know I can't spell. It's a combination of bad memory and not paying attention in school.
Just ran across this post. Didn't realize Mr. Sievers had died, as I've been away from northern Indiana for a long time. Reading all the comments sure did bring back memories of growing up in Garrett in the '60s, however. Life takes you down unexpected paths, and I live in England now ... but I remember all the DJs you mentioned, plus a few more ... Jack Underwood, Don Chevelet, Bob Dell, Ed Karr, Dick Rice, and later, Ron Gregory and Calvin Richards. All voices I grew up with. I was very sorry to read of Bob Sievers' death, but pleased he made such a good age, and gratified by all the memories stirred by the postings. All best to all of you in and from the Tri-State area!
Hardwork

Saint Louis, MO

#48 Mar 2, 2009
My Mother worked with him at WOWO. He will missed.
Dan

Toronto, Canada

#49 Aug 10, 2009
Who was the DJ who picked a post-card and played the person's personal top-10 favorite songs? Was this on WOWO back in the early 60's?
Alan

Shelbyville, IN

#50 Nov 4, 2009
I grew up with the gang at WOWO literally. My father was an engineer for them and then their Tech. Supervisor until his death in the late 70's. It was interesting reading all these posts..a great many memories came flooding back...RIP Bob and the rest of the 60's and 70's gang who have gone home.

“MiSs LeNa BaByxxx”

Since: Oct 09

Losangeles,CA

#51 Nov 4, 2009
I never heard of him, or that station. But i never wish this upon a person, so R.I.P.! Sounds like he has many loyal fans.:-)

“Bipartisanship at last!”

Since: Aug 08

bout time!

#52 Nov 6, 2009
aboutface wrote:
I grew up listening to WOWO and Sievers every morning as I grew up in that area. All good things do come to an end but he is a legacy.
I lived there between 1979 and 1983. I don't know if I remember him. I used to work at Food Marketing off the bypass.
David Mingle

Philadelphia, PA

#53 Mar 8, 2010
Enjoyed listening to Jim on both WOWO and WGR in Buffalo, New York, my "Hometown".
Joe Dennis Jr

San Diego, CA

#54 May 29, 2010
When I was a teenager (17) my best friend Roger Braden and I would go to WOWO studios on Jefferson St. at 5:30 am and Bob would buzz us in and we would sit in the studio with him and once in a while he would let me read the sport's news of the day.....after an hour with him he would give us a stack of demo 45's and if something was good he wanted us to let him know....i went to his house a few times and did his lawn, and played with a big white poodle he found on the streets.....
"BOB, you will be missed and always loved... Joe Dennis Jr.
listen

United States

#55 May 30, 2010
who cares? they are all homosexuals anyhow. part of the world is a better place.
Matthew Shook

Lubbock, TX

#56 Jul 20, 2010
As a kid growing up in North Carolina, WOWO was always my favorite radio station. I would go to bed listening to WOWO, the signal would start coming in about 5pm. As a matter of fact, I have many cassettes of wowo memories. Getting up at 5am, I can always remember Bob,a talent that can never be replaced. He was an inspiration, that led me to become a radio announcer for many years. WOWO would fade into a memory about 10am every morning. Bob you will be missed by everyone that ever heard your voice. You were an idol to us. God Bless your family. Matt Shook 2315 South Fayette Street, Beckley, West Virginia 25801
Steve Howard

Mount Morris, MI

#57 Jul 27, 2010
Farrette Slovine wrote:
This guy was pretty much a dottering old fool for the last 50 years.
Farrette, sad to say there was a point in my life that I would have said the same thing. For various reasons, I grew up as an unhappy, unappreciative young man in TN. I could hear WOWO, along with WLS, WCFL, WLW and many others, and they were my friends. In '73 I got into radio myself. I was the "baddest" thing going; all you had to do was ask me. I loved WOWO - except for Bob Sievers. He was hokey to me. Life threw me some curve balls and gave me a wonderful wife who is stubborn enough to have stayed till I learned to appreciate her, and two daughters. I now have a different view of the Bob Sievers of the world. But this is a free country, and if your opinion is honest, I respect it. Because I shared it for a long time. Godspeed, Bob Sievers.
butchduke56

United States

#58 Aug 8, 2013
Farrette Slovine, Bob Sievers was a kind man who cared about everyone he met --- and many he never met. From your comment, I'm not sure I could say the same of you.
Moe

Indianapolis, IN

#59 Aug 8, 2013
You just commented back to someone 5 years after the fact.

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