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WGN’s Bob Kessler At Grand Ole Opry With Whisperin’ Bill Anderson

September 15, 2012

This is just great news.

As both a WGN radio listener, life-long fan of the Grand Ole Opry, and decades long fan of Bill Anderson–this can only be categorized under the label ‘great news’.

Late night radio in Chicago for decades was dominated by Steve King and Johnnie Putman.  One of their producers was Bob Kessler.  He is more  than just talented in a radio studio, where he also reports the news.

Kessler is a fantastic harmonica player and will be backing  Whisperin’ Bill
Anderson on the Grand Ole Opry tonight (Saturday, Sept. 15.)

To stand on that stage–maybe even one foot inside the famed circle–that would be the entire Christmas card letter for one year with that single event!

Bob Kessler studied with David Bloom (head of the Bloom School of Jazz), Howard Levy and Corky Siegel (both harmonica geniuses), Nick Bisesi (jazz expert who also taught Kessler clarinet),  and Sean Cleland (Irish fiddler who taught jigs, reels and hornpipes).

Bill Anderson will be a must hear on WSM tonight for the Opry broadcast.

  1. September 17, 2012 8:01 PM

    Congratulations!! Thanks for providing a link to this story. I can only imagine what you must have felt to stand on that piece of musical history. What a rush. Thanks again.

  2. September 17, 2012 7:19 PM

    Thanks for the post! It was as incredible as I thought it would be…Bill motioned for me to stand in the circle after we played and had me take a bow. It was humbling, thrilling, totally unforgettable!

    Here it is, if anyone missed it:

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