Executive Vice-President and General Manager
Tim is a veteran broadcaster, having spent over 20 years with National Public Radio in Washington, DC as an executive producer of cultural programming, and another eight years as the Director of Programming for WETA-FM, the DC areas classical and NPR News station. Over the years, Tim’s programs for NPR and WETA have garnered numerous awards including two Peabody’s, radio’s most distinguished honor. These award winning programs include “Jazz Alive” with pianist Dr. Billy Taylor, “Jazz Profiles” with singer Nancy Wilson, “Jazz Smithsonian” with Lena Horne, and the classical concert series “Music from Washington.” Tim continued to work with NPR after moving to Santa Barbara in 1997. He joined American Public Media in 2002 to create the network’s “Weekend America” weekly news magazine in Los Angeles. In 2004, he became the Executive Director of Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic in Santa Barbara. In February 2010, he joined the Santa Barbara Foundation as the head of KDB.
Steve joined the staff of KDB in January 2012. He is a 24-year radio veteran. Steve began at classical WFCC on Cape Cod in 1988, and then moved to nearby WQRC in 1990 where he played soft rock. In 1992, he moved to Boston's North Shore and worked at classical WBOQ (WBACH) as on-air host, production director, and operations manager. Steve left his New England roots in 1997 for a job as program director and on-air host at classical WFMR in Milwaukee and stayed until 2007. In 2008, he became a nationally syndicated morning host for the World Classical Network.
Steve is a trained singer, having studied voice at Westfield (Mass.) State University and New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He was a member of the professional core of the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus for 13 seasons, and soloed on several occasions with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Steve is an avowed sports junkie, and loves all the Boston sports teams, the Milwaukee Brewers, and Green Bay Packers.
After serving in WWII as a bomber pilot with the 8th Air Force in England, Bob returned to the University of Kentucky in Lexington, graduating in 1947. Augmenting income from the GI Bill, he began his broadcasting career at a Lexington radio station. Married, with one son, he took radio jobs in Jacksonville, FL and Nashville, TN. Seeking greater opportunity, he moved to Los Angeles in 1952 and took a sales job with KPOL, not yet on the air. Under his leadership as Program Director, KPOL became the number one rated radio station in the top radio market in the US. In 1971 he left KPOL and, with partners, acquired KDB, owning it until 2003 when it was purchased by the Santa Barbara Foundation.
Station & Sales Manager
Roby has been with KDB since 1971. He performs almost every non-music or announcing task at hand, including advertising sales and oversight of the day-to-day business. He is married with three daughters.