Meet Bob "Chopper Bob" Rall - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Meet Bob "Chopper Bob" Rall

Bob was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  His family moved to Jackson in 1954 when he was twelve years old . He attended Power, Bailey, Central and Murrah,   The University of Southern Mississippi -- it was  Mississippi Southern College back then -- and the University of Tennessee. Bob was  a member of the Mississippi Army National Guard for eight years.

He  has two sons, Mike and Rob, and one grandson, Blake. His family includes a dog, two cats, and an Australian tree frog. Bob has been a communicant of St. Philip's Episcopal Church for thirty years and currently serves on the church Vestry. He was awarded the Jackson Advertising Federation's Silver Medal in 2007.

Bob got his first job in radio in 1958 at WJXN in Jackson.  He and Bert Case were both disc-jockeys at WJXN for awhile.  Bob moved on to radio stations in Memphis, Knoxville, Mobile, New Orleans and Dallas from 1961 to 1971.

When he came home to Jackson, Bob and Al Simmons invented Jackson's first radio "talk" show on WSLI Radio..  Unlike today's talk radio, the show was a  a mixture of famous and not-so-famous guests across the USA, an occasional song, and daily foolishness.    Bob and Al talked to Roy Rogers,  Charles Schultz (Peanuts),  Queen Elizabeth's personal secretary (hoping to sing "Happy Birthday to the Queen), a woman who lived in a tree in Miami, Bob Hope,  and over two thousand other guests during the nine years the show was on the air in the afternoon.

Bob  managed radio stations in the Virginia Shenandoah

Valley, Biloxi, and here in Jackson from 1980 to 2002.

In 1997, he began reporting traffic from the original "Skycopter" for WLBT and  local radio station. The first Skycopter was not equipped with cameras.  But, within a few months, the present aircraft arrived and WLBT's "Chopper" Bob and Skycopter became -- and still are --      Mississippi's only traffic reports from a helicopter.  Skycopter is an essential member of the WLBT news team.  From the ground or in the air, WLBT offers news and traffic coverage available nowhere else in Mississippi.

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