Toms River Honors Radio Legend Bob Levy

Photo by Jason Allentoff

TOMS RIVER – Bob Levy, the Ocean County radio icon who was there when WOBM signed on the air 50 years ago, was honored with a special ceremony in Downtown Toms River earlier today.

Levy died on March 1st at the age of 86, which was also the anniversary of the radio signal’s launch. He helped build the station and was an integral part of its success.

Bob Levy (Photo courtesy Gary Gellman/Gellman Images)

Toms River officials along with Bob’s wife Marianne, family, friends, fans and many of Bob’s co-workers attended the unveiling of “Bob Levy Way.” It’s the street that runs behind Toms River Town Hall near the Townsquare Media headquarters.

WOBM’s Kevin Williams, who has been with the station almost 40 years, gave a short speech. He recalls Bob fondly. “Bob was the person who hired me 39 years ago and for that entire time was a co-worker, confidant, mentor and friend. His impact on WOBM is immeasurable. He was the original employee and for 50 years, did just about everything you can do in the radio business from sports director to host and general manager.”

From left to right: Mayor Tom Kelaher, Marianne Levy, Councilman George Wittmann, Councilwoman Maria Maruca, Councilman Maurice “Mo” Hill and Kevin Williams (Photo by Jason Allentoff)

Williams also described Bob as unique saying “if Bob were alive today, he would likely complain that it wasn’t a more well known street like Washington Street or Hooper Avenue. The good news is no one will complain about the traffic on Bob Levy Way.”

Mayor Tom Kelaher and Councilman Maurice “Mo” Hill also spoke and the ceremony.

Marianne Levy, Bob’s wife and radio co-host, fought back tears. She said “He made me who I am today. He was always about community. If anyone asked him for anything, he never hesitated or said no. He never asked for anything in return. Never wanted any kind of recognition. Never wanted to be put on a pedestal. Well, guess what Bob, you’re on a pole today.”

Photo courtesy Toms River Township

In March, the Township Council passed a resolution to name the street in honor of Bob’s 50 years of service to the community.

I had a personal connection with Bob as I worked alongside him for many years. Read my memories of Bob in this special tribute.