Bob Dorr

Backtracks, Blue Avenue, and Beatles Medly host

Bob started his 40+ year career in Iowa Public Broadcasting (radio and TV) when he did the first rock 'n' roll show EVAH on an Iowa Public Radio station Oct. 2, 1972. He was honored/recognized for those years by being inducted into the Iowa Rock'n'Roll Music Association's Hall of Fame in Sept. of 2000.

Simultaneously, Bob has been the leader, singer, and harmonica player of The Blue Band for 30+ years for which he was inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame in 2005 and reinducted into the Iowa Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

Bob has a BA in Radio/TV Speech from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Bob's favorite program on IPR is (what else?) Backtracks.

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Blue Avenue
4:38 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Blue Avenue July 14

Time to jump in the Wayback Machine for vintage blues from the mid 40s-late 60s including music from Sunnyland Slim, Willie Mabon, Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, and Koko Taylor

The Beatles Medley
3:44 am
Tue June 18, 2013

The Beatles Medley June 30

This week's medley was picked out by listener Dan Messerschmidt from Marion. It originally aired April 7.

The Beatles Medley
1:45 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

The Beatles Medley July 7

Today is Ringo's 73rd birthday so the medley is all about the drummerman!

Blue Avenue
1:40 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Blue Avenue July 7

This week's show is a reprise of the program that originally aired June 2nd.

Blue Avenue
1:37 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Blue Avenue June 30

This week's show is a reprise of the May 19th show that recapped all of the 2013 Blues Music Award winners

Backtracks
1:32 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Backtracks July 6

This week's show is a reprise of the 3-fers show that originally aired 2/16/13

Backtracks
1:29 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Backtracks June 29

This week's show is a reprise of the April 13th show spotlighting my 45 rpm record collection. Pops and scratches at no extra cost!

The Beatles Medley
3:11 am
Wed June 12, 2013

The Beatles Medley June 23

A totally at random medley that includes something from Ringo's All-Starr Band circa 1990 and Paul's Run Devil Run solo record

Blue Avenue
9:43 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Blue Avenue June 23

It's the annual preview of The Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport (called by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top 10 blues festivals in the world) which happens in Davenport July 4-6. All the music on the program is from performers scheduled to appear including the 44s, John Primer, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Iowans Kevin Burt and Joe Price.

Backtracks
9:38 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Backtracks June 22

It's the return of LONG SONGS night! Every song is at least 8 1/2 minutes long. The entire two-hour show is covered by eight songs!

The Beatles Medley
12:53 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

The Beatles Medley June 16

Tuesday (June 18) is Paul McCartney's 71st birthday. San Antonio TX listener Paul DuBay has dedicated this medley of McCartney music to his favorite Beatle.

Blue Avenue
12:48 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Blue Avenue June 16

New releases by Kid Ramos, Eddie Shaw, and Gina Sicilia plus exclusive IPR recordings of Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Fest and blues on vinyl by John Jackson and Muddy Waters.

Backtracks
12:42 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Backtracks June 15

It's an all new spotlight segment show including spots on 50s rock'n'roll women like Janis Martin and Colleen Carson; early 60s crossover artists Titus Turner and Tommy Tucker; a few more tracks from the new Duane Allman and Steve Stills box sets; and mid 70s tracks from Ry Cooder and Robert Palmer.

The Beatles Medley
11:36 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

The Beatles Medley June 9

Every song is from vinyl recordings this week

Blue Avenue
11:34 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Blue Avenue June 9

All the music on the show is from 80s vinyl in the IPR Blues library.

Backtracks
11:28 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Backtracks June 8

Lots of spotlight segments including 50s Rock 'n' Roll duos; some early 60s instrumentals; a remembrance of Door's keyboard play Ray Manzerak and some summer songs by Mungo Jerry and Alice Cooper.

Blue Avenue
1:51 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Blue Avenue June 2

New releases from harmonica icon James Cotton, upper midwest favorites The Lamont Cranston Band, and guitarist Ana Popovic, plus new Iowa blues from Jason Stuart & Cobalt Blue (from the Quad Cities) and exclusive IPR recordings of multi Blues Music Award winner Janiva Magness at the 2012 Bluesmore celebration in Cedar Rapids.

Backtracks
1:45 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Backtracks June 1

Someone else picks out the tunes this week! Des Moines listener Sam Salomone shares his extensive 45 rpm record collection in hour #1 and Waterloo listener Gemma Hoyden shares her knowledge and personal library on the British Pub Rock scene of the 70s in hour #2

The Beatles Medley
3:35 pm
Sun May 19, 2013

The Beatles Medley May 26

This Memorial Day weekend, The Medley remembers John Lennon and George Harrison.

Blue Avenue
3:31 pm
Sun May 19, 2013

Blue Avenue May 26

It's the annual Memorial Day weekend remembrance show, remembering bluesmen/women, who have passed away during the last two years, done in a 2-fer fashion (two songs from each artist) and including music by Jimmy Dawkins, Magic Slim, Eddie King, and Ann Rabson.

Backtracks
3:24 pm
Sun May 19, 2013

Backtracks May 25

It's the annual Memorial Day weekend remembrance edition of the show, remembering rock and rollers who have passed on during the last two years, including music by Annette, Reg Presley (Troggs singer) Ronnie Montrose, Jon Lord, Alvin Lee, and Tony Sheridan.

The Beatles Medley
3:03 am
Thu May 16, 2013

The Beatles Medley May 19

FABulous songs that I haven't played recently on The Medley

Blue Avenue
2:59 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Blue Avenue May 19

It's the annual recap of the Blues Music Awards given out by The Blues Foundation in Memphis on May 9. We will hear music from the winners in 20 BMA categories including Song of the Year, Band of the Year, and BB King Entertainer of the Year.

Backtracks
2:53 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Backtracks May 18

Long promised, finally delivered! NO WORDS ALOUD! It's an all instrumental show from the twangy guitar of Duane Eddy, to 60s soul grooves, the Hippie jams and early electronica. Great music, NO words!

The Beatles Medley
8:51 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

The Beatles Medley May 12

This week's medley was picked out by Tom Oates from Solon IA with the theme of "Ladies Day" specifically for this Mother's Day edition.

Blue Avenue
8:47 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Blue Avenue May 12

We'll hear the latest releases by Ana Popovic, Doug Mac Cloed, and The Lamont Cranston Band, plus exclusive IPR recordings of John Lisi & Delta Funk at the 2011 Bluesmore celebration in Cedar Rapids, and the Blues On Vinyl segment includes records by Big Walter Horton and Johnny Winter.

Backtracks
8:42 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Backtracks May 11

Another spotlight segment show including Duos of the 50s like The Collins Kids and Shirley & Lee, some British Beat Bands of the 60s, plus some Iowa rock 'n' rollers including Truth & Janey and Madness. AND, the entire final hour is comprised of car songs, left over from last week's You Drive Me Crazy special.

The Beatles Medley
1:26 am
Thu May 2, 2013

The Beatles Medley May 5

The Fabs as a good old American rock'n'roll cover band. This show originally aired 3/31/13

Blue Avenue
1:23 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Blue Avenue May 5

New blues releases from Minnesotan Sena Ehrhardt, Chicago's Cash Box Kings, and Iowan Rush Cleveland. Plus exclusive IPR recordings of Reverand Raven & The Chain Smokin' Alter Boys at the 2010 Bluesmore Celebration in Cedar Rapids and some blues on vinyl from John Lee Hooker. This show originally aired 3/31/13.

Blue Avenue
1:11 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Blue Avenue April 28

New blues releases by Doug MacCleod, Ana Popovic, and Gina Sicilia plus exclusive IPR recordings of Chicago guitar player Linsey Alexander at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport and a vinyl tribute to the late Jimmy Dawkins

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