By Bob Andelman

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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… 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 chief of staff! 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

Profile: Oba Chandler’s defense attorney Fred Zinober by Bob Andelman

(Originally published in Pinellas County Review, September 1994) They call it the Oba Chandler Room. In it, more than 75,000 documents and 300 pieces of evidence are stored, helter-skelter, in thick blue binders and floor-to-ceiling metal cabinets, all relating to… Continue Reading →

RIP Lance Ringhaver, Tampa Bay business and baseball leader BOOK EXCERPT

(Lance Ringhaver, a prominent Tampa Bay businessman and once a member of the Tampa Bay Baseball Group, died in a car accident on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. I profiled him in my 1993 book, Stadium For Rent: Tampa Bay’s Quest… Continue Reading →

Georgia Company, Florida Success, by Bob Andelman

Sometimes you can find my work — sans byline — in Florida Trend, too. http://www.floridatrend.com/article/19569/georgia-company-florida-success The Party Authority in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland!

Class Action: How to Pick a Supply Chain Management School by Bob Andelman

Another recent story that I wrote for Global Trade Magazine.   http://www.globaltrademag.com/global-trade-daily/commentary/class-action The Party Authority in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland!

Fully Covered: The Importance of Insuring Shipments by Bob Andelman

My work pops up in all kinds of places these days… such as Global Trade Magazine   http://www.globaltrademag.com/global-trade-daily/commentary/fully-covered The Party Authority in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland!

Thomas Huggins. He knows people. People you should know. PROFILE

By BOB ANDELMAN Written September 17, 2005 Maddux Business Report Thomas Huggins knows people. Construction people, engineers, environmental consultants, accountants, attorneys and all kinds of professional, small business people. He’s made an entire business of knowing people, knowing people who… Continue Reading →

Meet long-time Tampa Bay Rowdies owner Cornelia Corbett! INTERVIEW

(Originally published in Florida Business/Tampa Bay, 1989) Before her, Cornelia Corbett’s team, the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Behind her, a few thousand exuberant soccer fans who haven’t given up the dream. There isn’t much to cheer on this overcast Sunday night… Continue Reading →

Ironman triathlon’s roots are in the Tampa Bay area! INTERVIEW

(UPDATE: This story, originally written in May 2009 and published in the Maddux Business Report in July 2009, became worth posting online for the first time when the Tampa Bay Times reported on August 28, 2015 that Dalian Wanda Group of… Continue Reading →

Joking Under Pressure: In the spotlight at UF’s amateur comedy night

By Bob Andelman (Photograph by Bill Braunstein) (Originally published in Gainesville Magazine, either 1979 or 1980.) This was not going to be easy. These people just lost a football game to Alabama 40-zip, were drinking heavily, and wanted to laugh… Continue Reading →

Q & A: Tampa Mayor Sandy Freedman! MADDUX REPORT 1991

(This interview with Tampa Mayor Sandy Freedman was recorded in March 1991 for the Maddux Report.) Sandy Freedman’s fingerprints are all over her city. In typical big city fashion, nothing of any significance happens in Tampa these days without the… Continue Reading →

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