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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The Beatles Medley
11:12 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

The Beatles Medley September 15

This evenings Beatle playlist was picked out by Quad Cities listener Adam Gustafson.

Blue Avenue
11:09 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Blue Avenue September 15

New releases from Mavis Staples, Delbert McClinton, and Andrew Jr. Boy Jones as well as exclusive IPR recordings of multi Blues Music Award winner Janiva Magness at the 2012 Bluesmore Celebration in Cedar Rapids plus the blues on vinyl segment has records by Freddie King and Otis Rush.

Backtracks
11:04 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Backtracks September 14

I'm kicking off the Fall production season with a LIVE listener picks show featuring listener suggestions from email, Facebook friends, and YOUR calls! Advance requests taken at bob.dorr@bobdorr.com or call during the show. Don't forget, all the music on the program is at least 25 years old!

The Beatles Medley
5:25 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

The Beatles Medley September 8

Everything is from the Anthologies!

Blue Avenue
5:22 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Blue Avenue September 8

New releases from Omar Dykes and The Charles Burton Blues Band. A half-hour with Pat Hayes, the leader of The Lamont Cranston Band. Exclusive IPR recordings of Iowa Blues Hall of Famer Perry Welsch, and blues on vinyl by Jimmy Dawkins.

Backtracks
5:18 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Backtracks September 7

It's an all new potpourri spotlight segment/leftover show, including spotlights on early rock'n'roll women of the 50s, some early 60s British Beat bands, and some leftovers from last week's Work Song Labor Day special.

The Beatles Medley
9:35 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

The Beatles Medley September 1

The Fabs as a "working band". Songs about work or at least the word work in the title or lyric for this Labor Day weekend edition of the medley.

Blue Avenue
9:20 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Blue Avenue September 1

It's all about the workin' blues on this Labor Day weekend, with all the songs having something to do with the work/labor experience, including songs by Walter Trout, Hamilton Loomis, BB King, Jimmy Reed, and Otis Rush.

Backtracks
9:14 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Backtracks August 31

I'll be "workin' it" on Backtracks for this Labor Day weekend, with all the songs having something to do with the work experience (or at least having the word WORK in the title!) including work tunes from Sam Cooke, Bob Seger, Roy Orbison, Bruce Springsteen, and Steely Dan.

Backtracks
11:57 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Backtracks August 24

Vacation is over! It's Back-To-School Time! Hour number one is all songs about school with tunes by Chuck Berry, The Yardbirds, Steely Dan, and The Ramones in the mix. Hour number two has UNI's new President, Bill Ruud as the guest DJ! We'll meet the new Prez and hear his picks including music by The Rolling Stones, Zager & Evans, and The Music Explosion. It's Rock'n'Roll 101 on this Back-To-School edition.

The Beatles Medley
5:05 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

The Beatles Medley August 25

We alternate back and forth between the two surviving Fabs, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr

Blue Avenue
5:01 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Blue Avenue August 25

New releases by Little G Weevil, Delbert McClinton and The Tedeschi/Trucks Band; a half-hour interview segment with Rick Raven of Reverend Raven & The Chain Smoking Alter Boys; exclusive IPR live recordings of soul/blues sing Charles Bradley and some blues on vinyl by John Lee Hooker and Willie Dixon

The Beatles Medley
4:36 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

The Beatles Medley August 18

This week's medley was picked out by San Antonio TX listener Paul DuBay with the theme: Then & Later, featuring songs first done by The Beatles and later redone by one of the boys in his solo career.

This medley originally aired 7/14/13

Backtracks
4:28 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Backtracks August 17

It's time for the annual Elvis Presley Special (Aug. 16 was the anniversary of his passing) Hits, live recordings, songs from his movies, interviews with fans and even a few words from Ed Sullivan in 1957!

This show originally aired 1/5/13

Blue Avenue
4:24 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Blue Avenue August 18

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

This show originally aired 7/14/13

The Beatles Medley
3:42 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

The Beatles Medley August 11

It's Aug. 11. The medley is comprised of the 11th selection from each of the discs used on the show!

Blue Avenue
3:37 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Blue Avenue August 11

New releases by Buddy Guy, Roomful of Blues, Trampled Under Foot, and Walter Trout plus exclusive IPR recordings of Janiva Magness at the 2012 Bluesmore Celebration in Cedar Rapids and some vintage blues on vinyl by Earl Hooker.

Backtracks
3:33 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Backtracks August 10

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.

This show originally aired 5/11/13

The Beatles Medley
2:49 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

The Beatles Medley August 4

This week's theme is 2 X 4 (two by four) Two songs by each of the four Fabs, one song sung by each Beatle with the band, one song from their solo career.

Backtracks
2:45 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

Backtracks August 3

It's the reprise of the You Drive Me Crazy special that originally aired May 4th, with all the songs about cars and the driving experience!

Blue Avenue
2:41 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

Blue Avenue August 4

Lots of new blues releases to listen to on this week's show including the latest by Trampled Under Foot, Buddy Guy, and the reigning queen of Beale Street, Barbara Blue. Plus we'll hear exclusive IPR recordings of Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Fest in Davenport. And the Blues on Vinyl set includes records by Clarence Carter and Jr. Wells.

Backtracks
3:53 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Backtracks July 27

It's an all new potpourri spotlight segment show, with the spotlight changing every 15 minutes or so and including 50s rockabilly music from the vaults of Imperial Records, some more 45 rpm "rekkids" from the Des Moines collector Sam Salomone and a set of 70s hits written by Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame songwriter Allen Toussaint.

Backtracks
3:44 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Backtracks July 20

The show includes a spotlight on early 50s crossover label Red Robin Records; a spotlight on Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame sideman Earl Palmer and the entire second hour is compromised of "leftover" listener picks that were not played on last week's live requestfest!

The Beatles Medley
2:10 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

The Beatles Medley July 28

Beatle obscurities! (this medley originally aired 4/14/13)

The Beatles Medley
2:07 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

The Beatles Medley July 21

Every summer we go to the movies with The Fabs! All the songs on this week's Medley are taken from The Boys' movies.

Backtracks
6:35 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Backtracks July 13

It's the first LIVE listener picks show in six months! All the music on the show will be picked out by listeners. Advance requests: bob.dorr@bobdorr.com or call during the program: 800-772-2440 ext. 5.  Remember, all the music on Backtracks is at least 25 years old. YOU pick out the tunes!

Blue Avenue
5:15 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

Blue Avenue July 28

New blues releases by Candye Kane and Kevin Selfe; a half-hour interview/music segment with Iowa native Dave Plaehn, who currently lives in Corvalis OR (and was my first harmonica teacher in the mid 70s!); Exclusive IPR recordings of Iowa City piano player Chase Garrett at the 2012 Des Moines Arts Fest and some 60s blues on vinyl by Otis Spann and Eddie Bo.

Blue Avenue
5:03 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Blue Avenue July 21

New releases from The Ruff Kutt Blues Band, Candye Kane, and Little Joe McLerran as well as the newest by Iowa native Dave Plaehn. Plus exclusive IPR recordings of Dwayne Doopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers and some blues on vinyl by James Cotton and singing drummer Robert Covington.

The Beatles Medley
4:43 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

The Beatles Medley July 14

This week's medley was picked out by San Antonio TX listener Paul DuBay with the theme: Then & Later, featuring songs first done by The Beatles and later redone by one of the boys in his solo career.

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

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