Bob Denver and his wife had an oldies radio show

''Denver and Denver'' was broadcast on stations in West Virginia.

Fans of golden oldies were in for a real treat back in 1997 when the worlds of classic music and classic television merged for an amazing radio broadcast.

Art imitates life and life imitates art again in turn. Maynard G. Krebs—Bob Denver's first great big, famous role—was notably the inspiration for Shaggy Rogers from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

Shaggy was, of course, voiced by Casey Kasem, the iconic radio personality of American Top 40 fame. Denver informed Kasem's performance in the famous animated series, and things came full circle in 1997 when Bob Denver hosted his own oldies radio program, surely playing lots of the same songs Kasem had debuted on the earlier show.

Baby boomers rejoiced in West Virginia with the premiere of "Denver and Denver" a weekly radio program presented by Bob and Dreama Denver. The show, launched in '97, saw the pair curating a playlist of hits from the days of yore each week.

The Denvers spoke with Jennifer Bundy of the Associated Press in '97 about their new show.

"We chose oldies because—I hate to admit my age—that's my favorite music," said Dreama. "That was really my era. Bob was in Hollywood working. Those were my years—the '60s. I was growing up."

While Bob was doubtlessly the more famous face of the couple, Dreama was considerably more important to the radio show. Each week, she chose the music and researched artists from the '50s, '60s, and '70s.

More than even the most experienced on-air pairings, the Denvers had chemistry. The fact that they were married made the rapport palpable and was a genuine delight for listeners.

"We've literally been together 24 hours a day for 20 years," said Bob.

Were you lucky enough to catch the Denvers on air? Let us know in the comments section whether you would've tuned in!

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WGH 5 months ago
I've lived in West Virginia most of my life and I've never heard of this radio show.

What station was it on? What city / towns? time?
jrussell 5 months ago
I wonder if there are any recordings anywhere? It'd be really cool to have a listen.
Runeshaper 5 months ago
I never knew that and this was so cool 😎!!!
SparkleMotion 5 months ago
I have never heard the name Dreama. I like it.
WGH SparkleMotion 5 months ago
Dreama is a really common name in southern West Virginia. I had never heard of it myself, prior to moving here as a young man in 1993.
cperrynaples 5 months ago
Wonder if he played Jazz for Maynard G. Krebs? Of course to do that he would have to WORK...LOL!
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