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WCBS-FM host Bob Shannon dies at 74

The afternoon drive personality spent most of his radio career in the New York City market.

The afternoon drive personality spent most of his radio career in the New York City market.

Don Bombard, a well-known New York City radio personality best known by his on-air name “Bob Shannon,” died on Wednesday following a lengthy illness.

Bombard, who was 74, worked for several years as the afternoon drive host at WCBS-FM (101.1 FM) in the New York market, a job he first took in the mid-1980s and held on to until 2012, taking a hiatus just once — between 2005 and 2007 — when the station briefly flipped its format to “Jack FM.”

Bombard’s passing was first announced by his wife, Connie Frances, in a social media post.

“Please remember all the positive things he brought to all,” Frances said, ending the note with a request for privacy.

Bombard started his radio career in Syracuse at WNDR (1260 AM), where he was promoted to the position of program director for the station. He moved to Pittsburg and WKTQ (1320 AM) after accepting an on-air role there.

His time at WCBS-FM came to an end following a medical diagnosis that was not disclosed to the public. The decision to leave the station was mutual, and allowed Bombard to focus on recovering.

Bombard leaves behind his wife Connie and two adult children. Memorial services have not been announced.

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