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A native of St. Louis, bobEE Sweet has been broadcasting on 88.1 KDHX for a decade. His current show, Uncontrollable Urge, has been on air since 2006, and its host plans to keep on rocking for many more years. In this interview, we discuss the history of his show, his connection to KDHX and his life in St. Louis.
To hear more from bobbEE, listen to Uncontrollable Urge on 88.1 KDHX on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon Central.
Becky Chanis: Let’s start at the beginning. Can you tell me when you first came to KDHX and what brought you to the station?
bobEE Sweet: Well, way back in the late ‘80s when they were first doing some of the planning work for it, I was in high school and this guy I know’s dad was involved with the station. So we went out and dug around with the transmitter a couple time and did some grunt work a few days.
Then I went off to school and came back, and just was a regular listener, a member, and worked the phone drive and membership drive for several years. 2001 was when I started doing — they were calling it the Morning Show at the time, and there was a guy named Roy St. John, who had been doing it five days a week. He had stopped doing [his show] and so the programming committee at the time was like, “Well let’s make it more like the rest of the week and the rest of the days, where every show is different and its not the same person.”
They were trying to do teams, and so me and this woman Mary Kay — we didn’t know each other — we got put together, and we did a show together for four or five years. I think five years, we did it together. It went from being called the Morning Show to When the Levee Breaks, and then shifted times by an hour here or there. We were mostly on from 6 to 8 in the morning. And then I think it was ’06 when I started doing this show, Uncontrollable Urge. That first started from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, and then it got move to where I am now, 10 to noon.
So what made you want to do your own show?
We were always kind of friendly knocking heads over what we wanted to do, or running out of time, or we each wanted more time for more music. And I think that the programming committee also realized that our tastes were different enough that it made sense to have two different shows than to have one.
I listened to your show and it seems to be this very eclectic mix of a lot of different genres and a lot of different time periods. How would you characterize your show?
I don’t know. (Laughs) I knew you were going to ask me something like that. I usually tell people it’s mostly a rock show with elements of some folk and country, and I lean towards punk and some poppy-er stuff and psychedelic stuff.
How’d you come up with the title?
Well, it’s the name of a Devo song. I kind of wanted [the show title] to be a song title. I was originally on after Afternoon Delight and I was on before the Big Bang. [I decided to] carry on the sexual innuendo thing, after an afternoon delight, you get an uncontrollable urge and then you have a big bang. I was coming up with names independent of that idea, but it also just worked.