Longtime Detroit radio and TV host Bob Allison passed away Wednesday, March 25 at age 87. Allison was the host of the popular radio show “Ask Your Neighbor,” which began on WWJ in 1962 and has been airing on WNZK-AM in recent years, co-hosted with his son Rob. Other Detroit stations Allison worked for include WIID, WEXL, WLQV and WJR.
He also hosted Detroit’s iconic 1970s TV show, “Bowling for Dollars” and played the milkman on the children’s show “Milky’s Party Time.”
Allison was born Bob Allesee in LaPorte, Indiana and started in radio in 1950, right out of high school.
In 2018, Allison was inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame at ceremonies on the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.
When questioned about retirement plans last year in a WWJ radio interview, he responded “I don’t know. I never worked. I don’t work. I do what I want to do, which is perform, and radio’s a great vehicle for that. And that’s the way it was here at WWJ. I was somebody who liked radio, and I did and I still do. I am a performer.”
Allison was on the air daily on WNZK up until three weeks ago.
Art Vuolo, Jr., who nominated Allison for the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame, share video from the 2018 induction ceremony:
Allison is survived by his wife and four children, Funeral arrangements are pending.