Veteran DJ, Former Rockline Host Bob Coburn Passes Away
December 18, 2016
Bob Coburn, legendary L.A. DJ and longtime host of the syndicated show Rockline, has passed away at the age of 68. He had been fighting stage four lung cancer.
Coburn began his career in radio in the late '60s in Texas, with stops in Chicago and San Diego before ending up on the west coast. While he is most associated with Rock KLOS/Los Angeles, he spent time in San Francisco and at other stations in California throughout the years.
However, Coburn is best known as the host of Rockline, which aired nationwide for 33 years. Rockline began in 1981, airing Monday nights and later adding a Wednesday night show in 1999 as well. The call-in show featured countless artists from the Rock world over three decades, as well as Bill Clinton and Al Gore during the 1992 presidential campaign. Coburn joined as the show's host six months after its debut and left for a few years in the mid-90's, before returning in 1997. Rockline was owned by a number of syndicators over the years and Coburn himself purchased the show in 2003.
A statement posted Saturday on the KLOS website reads, "The outpouring of love and support for this man has been truly beautiful, and we are saddened to announce that our family member and friend, Bob Coburn passed away today at 12:32 P.M. Bob was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer earlier this year, and while he has been fighting like a champion ever since, all rock and roll journeys eventually come to an end. He wasn’t in pain and he was with his family. Today the music world lost a legend and he will forever be in our hearts. Rest easy, BC, we love you!"