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
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!

The Beatles Medley
12:45 am
Sat October 19, 2013

The Beatles Medley October 20

This week's song list comes from San Antonio TX listener Paul DuBay with the theme "Advice, Statements, and Suggestions"

Blue Avenue
12:39 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Blue Avenue October 20

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.

Backtracks
12:33 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Backtracks October 19

Recently a long-time friend of mine contacted me saying that she was doing so much traveling that she no longer had time for her hard copy CDs and did I want them. She gave me THREE HUNDRED! So this week's show is all songs from those CDs that recently found a home at my house! Including tunes by Ruth Brown, The Isley Bros., and a rare live Kinks song. It's kind of like treasure hunting!

The Beatles Medley
5:10 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

The Beatles Medley October 13

A fundraising edition of The Medley including Paul McCartney's new single

The Beatles Medley
5:07 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

The Beatles Medley October 6

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

This program originally aired August 25

Blue Avenue
4:54 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Blue Avenue October 13

I'll be hoping to take your calls of support during this important fundraising edition of the show, which features new releases from Lurrie Bell and Bryan Lee, Iowa blues from Nic Arp, exclusive IPR recordings of Janiva Magness at the 2012 Bluesmore celebration in Cedar Rapids and some vintage blues on vinyl by John Lee Hooker and Freddie King.

Blue Avenue
4:49 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Blue Avenue October 6

A reprise of the Sept. 8 show featuring an interview with Pat Hayes, the leader of The Lamont Cranston Band

Backtracks
4:46 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Backtracks October 12

It's an all new spotlight segment show with segments on British rockabillys of the late 50s; some answer songs of the early 60s; some 45 rpm "rekkids" from my personal collection; and some rock'n'roll instrumentals that we didn't hear last week on the all instrumental show. I'll be hosting the show LIVE so I can acknowledge and thank you for your calls of support on this important fundraising edition of the program (pledge at 88-971-8815 or on line at iowapublicradio.org)

Backtracks
4:38 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Backtracks October 5

No Words Aloud! It's a reprise of the all instrumental show originally aired May 18th

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