Bob O’Brien (Robert Leszczak) earned his BA in Communications at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey in 1981 and worked extensively with the college radio station there. He was also an on-air traffic reporter for numerous other area stations. From 1981 to 1983 he toured and sang as one of the Duprees of “You Belong To Me” fame.
During the 80’s, Bob worked mostly for stations in New Jersey before becoming program coordinator for specialty shows and special weekends at New York’s oldies station WCBS-FM (1983). His other stops during the decade included WMTR/Morristown NJ, WWYZ-FM/Hartford, WHYN and WMAS-FM/Springfield MA, WDRC AM & FM/Hartford, and WMEX/Boston. He was also writer/producer for the syndicated 5-hour weekly oldies magazine “Solid Gold Scrapbook” hosted by Norm N. Nite for the United Stations Radio Network (1988 and 1989).
In the summer of 1989, Bob moved to Orlando’s WOCL-FM “Cool 105.9” to host evenings and was soon promoted to morning drive. He was also music director there and did a Saturday night request show. After three years, he relocated to D.C.’s WXTR-FM to do mornings and the station’s popular doo-wop show. Then, in early 1995, it was back to Florida – Tampa Bay this time – where he put in four years in mid-days and served as music director for oldies “U92” WYUU-FM, followed by a brief stint at Jammin’ Oldies WFJO-FM 101.5.
Since leaving Tampa, he has been production director/mornings for Orlando’s Smooth Jazz WLOQ-FM and mornings and music at oldies KOLA-FM in Riverside/San Bernardino, CA. In 2004, he moved to Palm Springs’ KDES-FM to do mid-days and the music, and was upped to program director/mornings in the summer of 2012. By the beginning of 2015, he had moved into the PM drive slot at WJRZ-FM in Manakawkin, NJ.
Not only is Bob a great deejay, but a collector of classic and rare TV shows on video, too. For over 30 years he has also been a music historian and an avid collector of rare doo-wop and soul 45’s. He’s had his first book published, “Single Season Sitcoms 1948-1979” (McFarland Publishing) and a second, volume one of “Who Did It First?” (Scarecrow Press), will be released in October 2013.
1995 - 1999 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (On Air Personality)