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13 x 30 minute episodes
WBLZ radio is the voice of black Detroit, whose slogan is “We play the hits”. But the once profitable station has fallen on hard times through the mismanagement of Veronica Washington (Anna Maria Horsford), the wife of the late station owner, who took on the responsibility of running the station.
Desperate to get the station back on its feet again, Veronica hires DJ Bobby Soul (curly-haired comedian Roger Kabler), sight unseen, because of his soulful voice.
But Bobby – real name Robert Botticher Jr. – turns out to be white and his arrival triggers predictable shock, dismay and sitcom chaos. Fortunately, he is a talented mimic and can sound like a black DJ (and do a solid Red Foxx impression).
His efforts to prove he has the “Rhythm and Blues” and can help WBLZ make it back to the top are the focal point of the series.
Bobby lives at the Liberty Hotel (later at the Fairview Apartments on Ridley Avenue). He has a cat called Gilligan, two fish (Shamoo and Tutu) and a canary called Aretha.
Collette Hawkins (Vanessa Bell Calloway) is WBLZ’s beautiful and pragmatic program director. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and lives at 0730 Damon Street. Don Phillips (Barney Miller‘s Ron Glass) is the sales manager.
He is a former singer and member of The Five Tops (Don threatened to leave unless he was made the lead singer; he wasn’t, and they became The Four Tops).
“The Love Man” (Troy Curvey, Jr.) hosts a program of romantic music and refers to himself in the third person.
Anna Maria Horsford
Vanessa Bell Calloway
The Love Man
Troy Curvey, Jr.