Arkansas radio legend Bob Robbins dies after heart attack

Bob Robbins, an acclaimed Arkansas radio personality and Country Radio Hall of Famer, died from a heart attack on Saturday morning.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Acclaimed central Arkansas radio personality and Country Radio Hall of Famer, Bob Robbins died from a heart attack on Saturday around 12:45 a.m. 

Robbins, whose real name is Robert Spears, had his death confirmed by Little Rock radio station, 105.1 The Wolf, where he worked as a DJ. The station posted the following statement online after his death: 

“It’s with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Country Radio Hall of Famer and Central Arkansas radio legend Bob Robbins.  Bob’s love for his listeners, generosity to the community and love of country music and the artists who create it made him one of a kind.  Please keep his family and his radio family at iHeartMedia in your thoughts as we mourn this tremendous loss.”

Following his death, Robbins is survived by his wife of 45 years, Susan, along with his 3 kids and 5 grandkids.

Robbins, who was originally born in Florida, began his Little Rock career at 1090. am KAAY, but spent a large period of his time at Arkansas’ top country station, KSSN 96 (iHeart), where he worked from 1979 until 2013.

During his time at iHeart, Robbins was inducted into the Country Radio Broadcasters’ DJ Hall of Fame in 2008. He was also named Broadcast Personality of the Year in 1996.

At the time of his death, Robbins was working as a DJ for 105.1 The Wolf but had been away for roughly 2 months due to health problems. 

With Robbins’ passion for helping children in mind, his family is asking for people to donate toys that will be distributed to Arkansas kids. The family plans to start taking donations on Monday and will accept the toys at Rodney’s Cycle House, which is located in Little Rock at 8120 Doyle Springs Road.