The Real Bob Oakes.

Ted Larsen
Tue Aug 4 21:24:20 EDT 2009

Yes it has been a long time. Ok, I think after tireless efforts I solved the 
"Oakes Mystery." It appears the EEI / BUR Oakes is his real name, but you 
were in town first.

Links 1-2 are the "Other Bob Oakes." Link 3 is an "Oakes" you know very 

Re; Jack Pluntze. I haven't a clue what he did after leaving 'BZ. When 
announcing he was retiring Jack said he was moving to LA be in oil executive 
recruiting for the Middle East. I've searched and searched the web...and 
nothing except a few mentions of his days at WNEW.

But at least the "Oakes Affair" has been solved.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bob Oakes" <>
To: "Ted Larsen" <>
Sent: Tuesday, August 04, 2009 5:21 PM
Subject: Re: The Real Bob Oakes.

> Hello Ted ...
> Long time.  I'm the 'BZ Bob Oakes.  Any idea where Jack Pluntze is now?
> So far my question re who was Bob Oakes in Boston first.  Just curious if 
> the 'EEI guy picked up my name.
> Best regards,
> Bob
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Ted Larsen" <>
> To: "Donna Halper" <>; "Dan.Strassberg" 
> <>; "Bob Oakes" <>; 
> <>
> Sent: Sunday, August 02, 2009 4:55 PM
> Subject: Re: The Real Bob Oakes.
>> Yes, Bob Oakes #1 was on WEEI and Bob Oaks #2 was 'BZ PD.  He was boss 
>> for several years when Jack Pluntze was my news director.
>> ----- Original Message ----- 
>> From: "Donna Halper" <>
>> To: "Dan.Strassberg" <>; "Bob Oakes" 
>> <>; <>
>> Sent: Saturday, August 01, 2009 5:14 PM
>> Subject: Re: The Real Bob Oakes.
>>> At 04:20 PM 8/1/2009, Dan.Strassberg wrote:
>>>>For decades, I've been under the impression that the WBZ Bob Oakes and
>>>>the WBUR Bob Oakes are the same person. You are telling me that this
>>>>isn't so. But I could swear that I heard someone on 'BZ years and
>>>>years ago who went by the name Bob Oakes and who sounded just like the
>>>>WBUR Bob Oakes. Besides sharing the name, do the two of you also sound
>>> Actually, the Bob Oakes on WBUR had been on WEEI back when it was a news 
>>> station.  According to the Fitchburg Sentinel, the Bob Oakes on WBUR is 
>>> a graduate of Mt. Wachusett Community College (1974) and he came to WBUR 
>>> when WEEI changed format.  There is no mention on the WBUR bio nor on 
>>> the Sentinel story that he ever worked at WBZ, but he may 
>>> people do get around!

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