Worldwide internet listeners are in for a thrill as the Little Bossman Show takes to the airwaves on jukinoldies.com each Tuesday 10-Midnight EST. With a prise collection of classics rhythm & blues the Pittsburgh-born, California based Little Bossman, AKA Bill Roberts, specializes in mixing frantic rave ups with smooth vocal group harmony to create some of the most satisfying musical sessions on contemporary radio. Roberts’ mix of affable charm and Jive exhortations have a boundless appeal to not only his core audience “wrinkled rockers” in Bossman parlance-but also to younger listeners just discovering the exciting world of 1950s-era black music.
A natural hipster, the Little Bossman was born for this job: “I became an admirer of the music very early. I’d take the keys to my brother’s car and sneak out to listen to the radio until the battery went dead or he caught me” He said. “As a teenager I often went to record hops that featured popular local disc jockeys like Porky Chadwick.
I lived just a short distance from the Jumpin’ Jive Beehive where Porky appeared each week. He had some thing very special and I’d go to his hops all the time. The first rock & roll show I saw there featured Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lyman & Teenagers, The Chantels, Dickey Do & Don’ts, The Blond Bombshell Joanne Campbell, and a host of others-that was my introduction to rock& roll.
“I had always loved radio, and disc jockeys were a very important part of my life. I’d hang out at the local radio stations every chance I got. This is when I discovered that many really excellent records, 45s mostly, were simply chucked into the dumpsters once the station had rejected most of them for airplay. I became a collector and eventually acquired a stack of oddball 45s, most of them very limited vinyl pressings. One day-finally-Porky invited me to come by the station and play them.”
Once he got in front of the microphone, the Little Bossman was hooked, and those “oddball 45s” that he liberated from the trash bins remain the heart of his broad cast repertoire, minor masterpieces of vernacular pop culture. “I love these recordings and am pleased to present these rare, unusual and hard to find discs each week on my show. “Old records never die, they just groove away,” He said.
A glorious throwback to the heyday of the untamed personality jock, the Little Bossman unfailingly delivers the goods with self-deprecating charm and sounds that you’re unlikely to hear anywhere else.
The Little Bossman