Bob Dorr

Studio One 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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Backtracks
5:00 pm
Sat January 11, 2014

Backtracks January 11

It's the annual "It's My Party And I'll Play What I Want To" birthday edition of the show! We'll start out Twistin', spend a lot of time with the tunes of The British Invasion and 60s soul music, and wind up with The Boss, Bruce Springsteen. You bring the CAKE!

VARIOUS ARTISTS-OPENING COLLAGE OF SONGS

CHUBBY CHECKER-LET'S TWIST AGAIN

JOEY DEE & THE STARLITERS-PEPPERMINT TWIST (PT.1)

DANNY & THE JUNIORS-TWISTIN' USA

GARY US BONDS-DEAR LADY TWIST

SAM COOKE-TWISTIN' THE NIGHT AWAY

CHUBBY CHECKER & DEE DEE SHARP-SLOW TWISTIN'

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The Beatles Medley
3:58 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

The Beatles Medley December 22

It's Beatle Christmas time! In addition to solo Holiday songs from Paul and Ringo, we'll hear the Beatle Fan Club messages of 1965 and 1969.

Blue Avenue
3:53 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Blue Avenue December 22

We're going to have a Christmas party on the blues bus this week, with holiday blues by Lightnin' Hopkins and Chuck Leavell, a visit by Pat Hayes, the leader of The Lamont Cranston Band, for an interview segment part 2, and exclusive IPR recordings of soul/blues singer Charles Bradley.

Backtracks
3:49 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Backtracks December 21

It's the monthly LIVE Listener Picks show, this time with a Christmas party atmosphere. YOU pick out the songs, with rock'n'roll Holiday songs given preference. Call 319-273-6350 during the show or advance requests taken at bob.dorr@bobdorr.com

Best Music of 2013
12:04 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Studio One Picks the Best of 2013

Arcade Fire

Host Charity Nebbe sits down with "Studio One" host Mark Simmet and "Blue Avenue" and "Backtracks" host Bob Dorr of Iowa Public Radio's Studio One to talk about the best music of 2013.  Their picks are listed below, and you can hear excerpts throughout the show.

Mark Simmet - Best alternative/independent albums of 2013

10.  Sky Ferreira- Night Time, My Time   
She’s very young and she’s a tabloid celebrity, but her debut full-length album is catchy and creative.  It’s not disposable pop music, it’s good pop music.

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The Beatles Medley
11:48 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

The Beatles Medley December 15

We alternate between the newest Beatle releases: BBC Live Vol. 2 and Paul McCartney's "New"

Blue Avenue
11:45 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Blue Avenue December 15

We'll hear new releases from Barrelhouse Chuck, Ross William Perry, and Studebaker John plus exclusive IPR recordings of Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Fest in Davenport and some vintage vinyl from Howlin' Wolf.

This show originally aired 10/20/13

Backtracks
11:42 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Backtracks December 14

LOTS of 70s music on this week's show! Hour #1 deals with artists associated with the Warner Bros. labels including Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Cliff, Martin Mull, and The Allman Bros. Band. Hour #2 focuses on the country-rock sound from The Byrds to Jerry Jeff Walker to Poco to Pure Prairie League.

The Beatles Medley
11:19 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

The Beatles Medley December 8

33 years ago, Dec. 8, 1980, John Lennon was murdered outside of his New York City apartment. I was on the air at the time. This week's medley remembers Lennon and that night.

Blue Avenue
11:15 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Blue Avenue December 8

We'll hear a few more of my favorites of 2013, some new Iowa Blues from Bryce Janey and Robert 'One-Man' Johnson, exclusive IPR recordings of New York guitar player Chris Beard at the 2012 Bluesmore celebration in Cedar Rapids and some Christmas blues on 45 rpm vinyl!

Backtracks
11:11 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Backtracks December 7

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!

This show originally aired 6/22/13

The Beatles Medley
8:47 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

The Beatles Medley December 1

This week's medley was picked out by IPR listeners Carol Kress from Gladbrook and Doug Ruby from Lincoln NE

Blue Avenue
8:43 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Blue Avenue December 1

The entire show features my favorite blues releases of 2013.

Backtracks
8:41 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Backtracks November 30

It's time for the annual Feast Of Leftovers! We'll listen to songs we've yet to hear from compilation boxsets, selections that did not make recent theme shows, a few of my 45 rpm "rekkids" and a bunch of leftover listener picks that I didn't have time to play on last week's LIVE requestfest.

The Beatles Medley
12:54 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

The Beatles Medley November 24

This week's medley was picked out by Independence IA listener Mark Hoover with the theme "Songs that present a question".

Blue Avenue
12:51 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Blue Avenue November 24

In the first hour we'll listen to the winners of all ten categories of Blues Blast Awards that were given out in Chicago on Oct. 31 and the last half hour will spotlight some of my favorite 2013 releases by artists that I had never heard of before this year.

Backtracks
12:46 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Backtracks November 23

It's time for the monthly LIVE Listener Picks show. YOU pick the tunes! I'll have listener suggestions from Facebook friends, emails, and your calls. Advance requests taken at bob.dorr@bobdorr.com Remember, all the music on this show is at least 25 years old.

The Beatles Medley
2:58 am
Thu November 14, 2013

The Beatles Medley November 17

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

This medley originally aired 9/15/13

Blue Avenue
2:56 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Blue Avenue November 17

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.

This show originally aired 9/15/13

Backtracks
2:53 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Backtracks November 16

Lots of spotlight segments including Rockin' Women of the 50s, some more song comparisons, British Beat of the early 60s (pre British Invasion) some more of my 45 rpm "rekid" collection, and a few selections from the new Duane Allman Restrospective box set.

This show originally aired 3/30/13

The Beatles Medley
11:23 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

The Beatles Medley November 10

We alternate songs from Paul McCartney's NEW cd with songs from his career with Wings and The Beatles

Blue Avenue
11:20 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Blue Avenue November 10

The latest releases by Watermelon Slim & The Workers, Sugaray Rayford, and Barrelhouse Chuck, plus exclusive IPR recordings of Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Fest in Davenport, and some brand new blues on vinyl by Andrew Jr. Boy Jones

Backtracks
11:15 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Backtracks November 9

An all new spotlight segment show with sets showcasing 50s New Orleans rock'n'roll; some Answer Songs of the early 60s; some previously unreleased takes by Van Morrison and Sly & The Family Stone; and a blues set with John Mayall and John Lee Hooker with Canned Heat.

The Beatles Medley
12:54 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

The Beatles Medley November 3

This evening's medley was picked out by Tony Venuto who listens to IPR from his home in Mt. Vernon IA

This medley originally aired 9/22/13

Blue Avenue
12:50 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Blue Avenue November 3

New releases by The Eric Hughes Band, Roomful of Blues, and Johnny Sansone, plus exclusive IPR recordings of boogie woogie piano player Chase Garrett at the 2012 Des Moines Arts Festival and the "Blues on Vinyl" set has music by a couple of Alberts: Albert Collins and Albert King.

This show originally aired 9/22/13

Backtracks
12:43 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Backtracks November 2

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

This show originally aired 6/1/13

The Beatles Medley
12:10 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

The Beatles Medley October 27

A Beatle Halloween Soundscape

This medley originally aired for Halloween 2011

The Beatles Medley
12:06 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

The Beatles Medley October 27

A Halloween soundscape for this week's medley.

This medley originally aired for Halloween 2011

Blue Avenue
12:04 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Blue Avenue October 27

Voodoo, hoodoo, and your black cat bone! It's the ghost of Blue Avenue Halloween!

Backtracks
12:02 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Backtracks October 26

It's the ghost of Halloween Backtracks past!

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