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Ch. 27: The Devil (Rays) and Mr. Naimoli (A Stadium For Rent excerpt)

(In 1993, I wrote my first book, Stadium For Rent: Tampa Bay’s Quest for Major League Baseball. In 2015, I updated the backstory of the original Tampa Bay Devil Rays, adding interviews with founder Vincent J. Naimoli and his eventually… Continue Reading →

Al Downing: Pinellas’ Father of jazz still touts his first love!

By Bob Andelman October 17, 1984 By a combination of popular acclaim and default, pianist Al Downing is Pinellas County’s father of Jazz. “You live by your reputation,” he joked. It’s getting so people call and say, ‘We want you… Continue Reading →

Journal: What’s On TV, Walt Belcher? INTERVIEW

By Bob Andelman May 23, 1990 Aside from the 1,000 videocassettes overflowing three closets and the garage, the Yogi Bear “pic-a-nic” basket, Barry Manilow shoestrings, Cheryl Ladd statuette, Godzilla clock, autographed cassette of songs by Knight Rider and Baywatch star… Continue Reading →

Downtown Clearwater’s Bad Habit haunts the Orange Peel! 1982 INTERVIEW

By Bob Andelman December 16, 1982 CLEARWATER — After 6 p.m., downtown Clearwater pulls in its sidewalks and goes to sleep. It is a time when it would be easier to find a Scientologist than a policeman. There is very… Continue Reading →

Digging Tampa’s Culture Roots reggae band! 1986 INTERVIEW

By Bob Andelman August 29, 1986 Culture Roots is emblemalic of where reggae music is in America today: Standing still at any speed. Culture Roots is the most popular act of its kind around this area and the group can’t… Continue Reading →

The New Activism: A Radical Change of Style! 1980 COVER STORY

By Bob Andelman Gainesville Magazine, 1980 It wasn’t had to assert yourself in the 1960s. All you needed were two things – a cause and a match. Men burned draft cards. Women, their bras. Students, the local ROTC building. The… Continue Reading →

Tampa’s Expo Hall Seeking More Rock! 1985 STORY

By Bob Andelman May 3, 1985 Frank Zaccaro, new events coordinator for the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall in Tampa, says promoters and patrons can look for the facility to actively pursue major rock music concerts in the immediate future…. Continue Reading →

St. Petersburg Market Now A Hotbed For Comedy Clubs! 1985 STORY

By Bob Andelman May 1985 “Up until tonight, my career was going beautifully… I remember my mother said to me, ‘Michael, don’t go to law school! Go down to St. Petersburg and entertain in a bar!’” Michael Fetcher, a young… Continue Reading →

Cat Summers profile, a.k.a.. T.J. Bryant, a.k.a., Dennis D.J. Prior! 1991 INTERVIEW

By Bob Andelman (I used to write a bi-weekly column, RadioRadio, for Players magazine in the Tampa Bay area. The following story appeared in 1991.) D.J. Prior is one of those jocks who gets around. KQKS in Denver, KSON in… Continue Reading →

RIP Tampa Tribune editorial cartoonist Wayne Stayskal, 1931-2018

By Bob Andelman I swear I only worked at the old Tampa Tribune for six months but I met so many great and talented people there whose influences on me continued for decades that it’s hard to believe it was… Continue Reading →

Fred Travalena can probably impersonate you, too! REVIEW

Today’s Guest: Fred Travalena, impersonator, comedian >By Bob Andelman September 30, 1985 In the last 14 minutes of his show, comedian Fred Travalena went nuts. That’s okay because he’s paid to act that way. Of course he was the class… Continue Reading →

USF President Judy Genshaft on collecting … bulls! 2008 INTERVIEW

By Bob Andelman Published June 2008 Hold that thought a moment. Judy Genshaft is collecting hers – well, not her thoughts, but her bulls. Dozens of variations on the University of South Florida mascot that she has collected from all… Continue Reading →

Got trouble? Barry Cohen is the lawyer to call! 1991 PROFILE

(NOTE — Even when I knew he was ailing these last few years, I somehow expected my friend Barry Cohen to live forever. So when word came on Saturday, September 22, that he had succumbed to leukemia at age 79,… Continue Reading →

Tampa Bay’s radio waves and air surfers! MADDUX REPORT 2004

Bob Andelman August 6, 2004 The hardest working word on radio these days is “The.” Have you caught “The Buzz”? How about “The Beat”? Do you get “The Point”? Or fly with “The Eagle?” Will the boss let you play… Continue Reading →

Mason Dixon on the Loose! (RadioRadio 1991)

By Bob Andelman (Originally published in Players Magazine, 1991) Mason “Lee Roy Pee Wee Bodine Moonpie, et al.” Dixon is once again a restricted free agent. The former Q105 afternoon personality and operations manager was taken off the air last… Continue Reading →

Phil Alessi: In the Dough! 1989 PROFILE

(NOTE–We heard the sad news tonight that legendary Tampa businessman, baker, boxing promoter and entrepreneur Phil Alessi died today, Sunday, May 6, 2018. I dug into my archive for this extensive profile I wrote about Phil, published in Tampa Bay… Continue Reading →

Citizen Mains: Don Mains was Barbara Bush’s advance man! PROFILE

By Bob Andelman (Originally published in Tampa Bay Life, 1990) Don Mains is a little edgy. Not that he doesn’t have good cause. Waiting by the phone for the White House to call would be enough, and that’s precisely Mains’… Continue Reading →

Lawd Have Eddie Murphy! 1985 CONCERT REVIEW

By Bob Andelman May 1985   Eddie Murphy’s “Lawd Have Murphy” tour is a little like a movie he did last year called Best Defense. Much as you’d like to see more of the young comic, you wish he hadn’t… Continue Reading →

Where did our songs go, Diana Ross? 1986 CONCERT REVIEW

  By Bob Andelman October 4, 1986 Diana Ross hits are getting shorter as the years grow longer. Songs such as “I’m Coming Out,” “Rescue Me,” “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” “Swept Away” and a few others have been… Continue Reading →

Elton John pounds life into old faves! 1986 CONCERT REVIEW

By Bob Andelman September 23, 1986   With each encore, the audience waited. And waited. And waited. (There were three encores. That’s a lotta waiting.) When is he going to do it? they wondered. When is Elton John going to… Continue Reading →

Wayne Huizenga’s World: Excerpt from “Stadium for Rent: Tampa Bay’s Quest for Major League Baseball”

(AUTHOR’S NOTE: What follows is an excerpt from my very first book “STADIUM FOR RENT: Tampa Bay’s Quest For Major League Baseball,” which was originally published in May 1993 by McFarland & Company. An updated, expanded 2nd edition of the… Continue Reading →

Understand the Core Story with Leon Dash!

By Bob Andelman November 6, 2006 (I wrote this story for Poynter.org/NewsU.org after covering a great talk by journalist Leon Dash. The article disappeared from Poynter’s own website, so I have added it here to coincide with Leon’s birthday, March… Continue Reading →

Andrew Young Shocks Tampa Bay! MADDUX REPORT

By Bob Andelman (NOTE: This story, written in May, 1990 for the Maddux Report, was the first of three times–so far–that I have had the pleasure to work with legendary civil rights leader Andrew Young. More recently, I have worked… Continue Reading →

A man with a cause: Askia Muhammad Aquil! INTERVIEW

By Bob Andelman Originally published in Tampa Bay Monthly, May 1987 It was a Sunday afternoon in late 1973, near what was then the African People’s Market on Central Avenue in Tampa. “Somebody got shot in a bar or something,… Continue Reading →

Phil Esposito: Hockey in Florida? INTERVIEW

By Bob Andelman (Originally published in The Sun-Times of Canada, January 11, 1993) Maybe the Tampa Bay Lightning has turned out better than any of the jokes about how ridiculous it would be to play ice hockey in Florida. But… Continue Reading →

Tedd Webb: The Sports Answer-Man in Tampa Bay! PROFILE

By Bob Andelman (Originally published in Sports Arena, October 1987) Got a question about sports? Tedd Webb is the answer. There are days when it seems like this familiar face and radio voice knows every sports player, team, scouting
report and… Continue Reading →

Jack Ellery: Announcer brings back early memories!

By Bob Andelman (Originally published May 9, 1986.) Bob Andelman is the Tribune’s new radio columnist, and he will report weekly in this space news about Bay area and national radio. But in his first column, he reminisces about radio… Continue Reading →

Good as Gold: Tina Little’s luxury jewelry business is sparkling (Biz941)

By Bob Andelman (Originally written in December 2007; the story is no longer on Biz941’s website archive so I am re-posting it here.) Gemologist Tina Taylor Little discovered up-and-coming jeweler Michael Beaudry at the 1996 New York Jewelry Show, and… Continue Reading →

Destination: Hawaii (Motivation Strategies Magazine)

By Bob Andelman Originally published in 2005 Hawaii is an ideal incentive destination because it is still viewed as a dream vacation by almost everyone in the world. And as the meeting point between East and West, its appeal has… Continue Reading →

Knight News Challenge 10th Anniversary series: five stories

In November 2017, the Knight Foundation published a collection of 10 profiles of organizations that received Knight News Challenge grants from it over the past decade. I wrote five of these stories, which you can read at the Knight Foundation… Continue Reading →

Fast Eddie Yarb slows down! INTERVIEW

(I used to write a bi-weekly column, RadioRadio, for Players magazine in the Tampa Bay area. The following story appeared in 1990.) By Bob Andelman They bid him farewell with a medley of Neil Diamond/Air Supply/Johnny Mathis and then “Fast”… Continue Reading →

Jazz singer Fred Johnson making a name for himself! 1985 INTERVIEW

  By Bob Andelman Originally published October 16, 1985 Fred Johnson wears Klompen – Dutch shoes. “I know they’re weird,” he said, “but I don’t care.” The St. Petersburg-based jazz singer also has a distinctive tattoo on his left forearm…. Continue Reading →

Rock fans fill Jimmy Page vigil with some idol gossip! 1986 FEATURE STORY

By Bob Andelman Originally published March 14, 1986 The fans started waiting around the parking lot at 5:30 p.m. Most never got to see more than the back of Jimmy Page’s head, but it didn’t matter. They were there, and… Continue Reading →

Joan Baez mixes humor with strong spirit! 1985 CONCERT REVIEW

By Bob Andelman Originally published July 1, 1985 Three summertime faces of Joan Baez: Singing in a recent episode of the syndicated TV show Fame, helping the students of a performing arts school understand the importance of speaking up for… Continue Reading →

‘Ultimate dream’ comes true for faithful fan – she kissed a Loverboy

By Bob Andelman Originally published March 8, 1986 Mike Reno, the lead singer, gave her a big hug and a kiss. So did the other four members of the rock ‘n’ roll band. They also signed her handmade, blue Loverboy… Continue Reading →

Jermaine Jackson’s struggling under the shadow of his brother 1986 CONCERT REVIEW

By Bob Andelman   August 4, 1986 There were three times Saturday night when a person in the more than half-empty Ruth Eckerd Hall could have forgotten that Jermaine -Jackson was you-Know-Who-With-the-Gloves older brother. The first was during a handsome… Continue Reading →

My Drug Testing Results Revealed! BOOK EXCERPT

(The following story first appeared in Tampa Bay Life Magazine in 1990 and was reprinted in the book Navigating the Yellow Stream.) By Bob Andelman First things first: I don’t smoke, drink or do drugs. Never have. So, why did… Continue Reading →

Rock-It with Tampa’s Bobby Friss Band! TAMPA BAY LIFE

Profile By Bob Andelman (Originally published in Tampa Bay Life, 1990) “This is like the guy next door that you grew up with,” says Russ Albums. “If you wanted to have a best friend, this would be the guy. He’s… Continue Reading →

Bob Merkle for the Defense! 1989 INTERVIEW

(Originally written in November 1989 for Florida Business/Tampa Bay; also published the same year in the Orlando Sentinel Sunday magazine. Merkle died at the age of 58 on May 6, 2003.) The man who stared down Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega,… Continue Reading →

Before art took off, Lance Rodgers rocked at DEFCON-1! INTERVIEW

(This story originally appeared in Music magazine, May 17, 1984.) By Bob Andelman The name refers to a military state of readiness, the highest level of nuclear war anticipation. DEFCON-1, a term made familiar to millions in last summer’s film… Continue Reading →

Elizabeth Kovachevich The Judge is a Lady (Tampa Bay Life)

(Originally published in Tampa Bay Life in 1989) By Bob Andelman “If I had any respect left for Elizabeth Kovachevich, that disappeared when she locked me up. She had a good public image, but I discovered firsthand that she was… Continue Reading →

Crisis Text Line Delivers a Helping Hand, One Text at a Time (Knight Foundation)

By Bob Andelman OCTOBER 2016 — Last night, pajamas-clad 22-year-old Tessa Shapiro spent four hours curled up on her couch, computer on her lap, a pot of tea and snacks at arm’s reach, texting with strangers. She’s part of the volunteer… Continue Reading →

12 Reasons to Master Supply Chain Management (Global Trade Magazine)

By Bob Andelman What are the reasons to continue your education in supply-chain management?  If you’re the chief executive, what reasons might you have to support employees interested in returning to school? Employees need to know how squeezing night and… Continue Reading →

The Value of a Global MBA: A Wealth of Knowledge (Global Trade Magazine)

Story by Bob Andelman Sean Scott is the director of strategic business at Celadon in Indianapolis. He might just be the poster child for the value of a global MBA. “There’s been a lot of stuff that I learned in… Continue Reading →

A Tour of St. Petersburg’s Murals (Visit Florida)

Story by Bob Andelman, Photographs by Bill Serne As outdoor murals have multiplied across St. Petersburg, it seems everyone has a favorite. Science fiction fan? Get a picture of you and your friends running from the city’s former landmark –… Continue Reading →

Ringling Museum of Art: Old Masters, New World (Visit Florida)

Story by Bob Andelman; Photographs by Bill Serne The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota is anything but a circus, despite its familiar name. Found in a remarkably gorgeous, serene setting on the Intracoastal Waterway amidst banyan… Continue Reading →

WTVT Ch. 13’s Kelly Ring: The Reluctant Anchor in Tampa PROFILE

(Originally published in Tampa Bay Life in 1991) By Bob Andelman Call her the reluctant anchor. She’s knock-down beautiful, a blonde-haired, blue-eyed stunner, the kind of woman the television camera loves and the home viewing audience can’t seem to resist…. Continue Reading →

How Executive Education Propelled These Careers… by Bob Andelman

 Another recent story that I wrote for Global Trade Magazine. http://www.globaltrademag.com/executive-education/how-executive-education-propelled-these-careers

Keep Control: When To Use A 3PL… by Bob Andelman

… Rather Than Depend On A Foreign Distributor To Arrange Logistics Another recent story that I wrote for Global Trade Magazine. http://www.globaltrademag.com/features/keep-control

Balancing Act: How Executive MBAs Are Evolving… by Bob Andelman

… So Your Employee Can Handle Work And School Another recent story that I wrote for Global Trade Magazine. http://www.globaltrademag.com/executive-education/balancing-act

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