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[NOTE: Excellent podcast with THE Dr. Bob Lee. It was done in a television studio and, unfortunately, did get some intermittent cell phone interference. Enjoy this wonderful conversation with the Doctor and his many personal, powerful, kind, and deep thoughts about life, family, career (radio/television/acting), racial identity, bullying, commitment, his love and passion to help others, and much more].
Radio & TV personality “Doctor” Bob Lee began his career in 1979 after receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communications from New York Institute of Technology. Dr. Bob, affectionately called such after playing doctor as a youngster and getting “hooked” to a curiosity about how life works; this resulted in a knack for precision that became a part of his personality and friends dubbed him the “Doctor.”

Upon completion of graduate school, Dr. Bob continued DJing, but also advanced to Music Director, Program Director, and eventually General Manager of WTNY Radio. By 1980 the momentum of his career was beginning to escalate. He was accepted as an intern at N.Y.’s hottest R&B radio station, WBLS, under legendary host Hal Jackson, on the time honored “Sunday Classics” broadcast. By 1986, he became a staple on the evening (and then weekend) edition of the “Quiet Storm” with the smooth baritone voice of Vaughn Harper. Not long after, he became an integral part of the highly popular “Morning Show” with Ken Webb in which he developed the “On Time” program spotlighting positive outlooks at community schools and healthy food programs. "Daily Dose" and "Juice Mobile" were also popular programs started by the Doctor that became models for urban listening programs in cities across the nation.

While continuing his on-air role at WBLS, he's held numerous hosting duties, including "The Bob Lee Show," a music-intensive radio series and, for more than ten years now, the weekly live television program “OPEN,” which broadcasts on BronxNet and builds on the station's mission to provide useful information to the Bronx public, while helping young adults develop media careers.

In addition to his on-air roles, Lee is also the Community Affairs Director for WBLS. He appears frequently in the Harlem community as the host of live music and other events, such as Harlem Summer Stage and classic soul programs at the Apollo Theater. His strong ties to the community are reflected in his many charitable endeavors. Among other activities, Lee is a Founder and President of the Make The Grade Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that provides mentoring and aid to school children. Lee also helps college students interested in radio careers by serving as a mentor for "Table for Two," a weekly music program which broadcasts from WLIU 88.1 FM radio in Brooklyn and which is staffed by interns from Long Island University. Finally, he is also involved in corporate speaking and promotional work for businesses with an interest in the welfare of the community.

Listen to Dr. Bob tell his story about dealing with racial identity issues as a child, tough family vs. career choices he had to make, as well as what motivates him to work so hard and give so much to others. Also find out more about this veteran radio and television personality at the links below:


Make the Grade Foundation




BronxNet OPEN Show

EURWeb: Doctor Bob Lee Making a Difference

Read Doctor Bob's motivational and inspirational self-help book written to advise and guide young people in their quest to make the grade and become successful in their journey through life:
7 Ways to Make the Grade: A Living Guide to Your Community's Success

Listen to the Doctor live on New York City's WBLS (107.5FM) at the following times:
Sunday - Thursday
12midnight - 5am

See him on BronxNet's OPEN program:
12pm (and on rotation thereafter)
Channels 67-70 (Optimum)
Channels 33-36 (Fios)

"What you are is God's gift to you and what you make of yourself is your gift to God. So choose your choice and let your choice control your choosing. And always remember whether you say you can or you can't, either way, you're right."  -Doctor Bob Lee

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