2009 Legacy Inductee
Bob Carr was born on February 28, 1942 in Sampson, Alabama. He served in the US Air Force then got into radio at WGBA, while attending Columbus Community College. Carr then moved to Atlanta where he worked at WSB and WGST. While WQXI FM was still automated, he was hired as the nameless morning jock. In the spring of 1973, he became friends with WQXI AM morning jock Gary McKee. What started out as friendly “off air” banter between the two developed into Carr doing character bits on McKee’s morning show. Carr was the building security man, Willis “The Guard” Caswell, a redneck with an attitude. The phone bits started with Willis answering the phone: “guard dest”. Willis fans began showing up at remotes when he was scheduled to appear. Bob Carr was part of the morning show for a decade and a half and co-hosted the Atlanta Muscular Dystrophy Labor Day Telethon from 1978 until 1988. They gave him a lifetime achievement award. He was President of the Atlanta Chapter of the Grammy parent organization, The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, from 1982 until 1983. The state of Georgia honored Carr with its Outstanding Georgia Citizen Award in 1984.
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