Robert Arthur (radio announcer)

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Robert "Bob" Arthur (June 21, 1921 – March 25, 1997) was a radio personality, a television newscaster and a motion picture actor. He is best remembered for partnering with Ken Minyard on the "Ken and Bob Company" morning radio program on KABC-AM (790) Los Angeles, California from 1973–1990. The pair coined the popular term "EGBOK" meaning “everything’s gonna be OK.”[1]

As actor, Arthur had roles in The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988), True Confessions (1981) and Skin Deep (1989)[2]

Born Joseph Arthur Prince in Kansas, Arthur studied journalism in college and began his career in Wichita. He was an anchorman at KOAT-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico before coming to Los Angeles in the mid-1960s to work for KTLA/Channel 5. After two years at KNX, he started at KABC in 1969 as a newsman.[3] He retired in 1990, to devote more time to a project setting up care homes for Alzheimer's patients in Long Beach.[4] Arthur died March 25, 1997 at his home in Albuquerque.[5]

For their contribution to radio, Bob Arthur and Ken Minyard were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6808 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.


  1. ^ Ken Minyard & Bob Arthur Radio Team, Los Angeles Times, Greg Braxton in the Los Angeles Times Sept. 13, 1990 and Myrna Oliver in the Los Angeles Times April 5, 1997
  2. ^ Robert Arthur Biography, Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ "Where are They Now", LA
  4. ^ Without Bob, Is EGBOK at KABC?, Greg Braqxton, Los Angeles Times, September 13, 1990
  5. ^ Bob Arthur; Half of 'Ken and Bob' Radio Duo, Myrna Oliver, Los Angeles Times, April 05, 1997

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