Natives launch new talk show

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 9, 2015


The show may not have a name yet, but Andalusia natives Bob Brooks and John Jay are heating up the airwaves on Andalusia’s WKNI.

“We are trying to talk about the positive things in the community,” Jay said. “We want to find something special or positive. Andalusia is a special place.”

Brooks said he and Jay grew up in the same neighborhood, went to the same schools, and Jay’s mother even met his father at Brook’s Hardware.

“We are grateful to be able to share with the community,” he said. “We want to share the love we have for the community.”

Jay said the community prepared them for life.

“I have traveled all over the world,” he said. “These opportunities are because of Andalusia. It’s a pretty special place.”

The duo, who affectionately call themselves Uncle Bob and Brother John, have been on the air a little more than three weeks.

“We are here every day from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m.,” Brooks said.

There are four chances to catch them on the air: 11 a.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., and 6:30 a.m., the following morning on AndyCable channel 15.

Brooks and Jay said the station is in the process of purchasing new equipment such as microphones and cameras.

“We plan to employ five or six people,” he said. “We plan to have a good working relationship with the Andalusia Star-News. We are a special town and it’s important to have a good working newspaper.”

Brooks said they want to be positive and be fun and entertaining for viewers.

“A lot of what we do is off the cuff,” Brooks said. “This is an opportunity for me not to be a house husband.”

Speaking of off the cuff: Thursday’s show featured impromptu singing of Elvis songs, and Johnny Horton’s “The Battle of New Orleans in celebration of Elvis’s 80th birthday and the bicentennial of the famous battle to end the War of 1812.

Plans are for them to cover events on the Court Square, which they said they have already begun.

“We covered the parade and the New Year’s Celebration,” Brooks said. “We also have plans to have the county’s mayors and superintendents on the show.”

Additionally, the duo wants to work with local schools to have students produce film about their schools.