Nation's oldest DJ plays oldies in Sequim

Nation's oldest DJ plays oldies in Sequim

SEQUIM, Wa. -- Bob Massey -- or as his fans call him: Classy Bob Massey -- has been a radio man all his life.

"From an early age, a teenager, I had my own private radio station in the basement of my home," Massey said.

And when he celebrated his 90th birthday this year, he became the oldest broadcaster in the US with a regular show:

Weekday mornings, 9 to noon at KSQM in Sequim, Washington.

"Oh I love it here, this is my second home," Massey smiled.

Bob is a World War II Veteran -- after a stint in the infantry he transferred to Armed Forces Radio. And he's been in radio ever since.

"The music is the main thing. I love music."

But just this music. Frank Sinatra. The Ray Conniff Singers. Lena Horne.

"No Rock and Roll, no."

He might play old songs, but he's no slouch when it comes to new technology, as he explains a Google map that shows internet listeners from Germany to Vancouver BC.

And he's found something at this station that keeps him young at heart:

"I enjoy being here and, so many wonderful people that you meet."

The folks at KSQM -- and in Sequim -- call Bob their "National Treasure".

"You know what? There aren't many Bobs left," said Jeff Bankston, the station's programming director. "When Bob Massey went on the air, and first of all he started talking about this kinda music, playing this kinda music, the older folks in this town started to tap their feet.."

Laraine Claire, KSQM's executive director explained: "He comes in every Monday through Friday, who can do that at 90? He comes in every day, every morning, and says he just wants to make a person's day a little brighter."

'Classy Bob Massey' makes a lot of days 'a little brighter' just by showing up to work every morning. As for retirement plans? One guess.

"No, I'm gonna keep right on," Massey said, as he wrapped up his shift.


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