Grant Robert ‘Bob’ Pinney

Grant Robert ‘Bob’ Pinney Longtime Valley resident Grant Robert “Bob” Pinney died on March 23, 2013, at Ridgecrest Healthcare. He was 73.

A memorial for Bob will be held at the Pinney home at 4100 Balboa in Lake Isabella on Saturday, March 30, from noon to 5 p.m. Friends and family are invited to attend, reminisce, and say goodbye to “The Voice of the Indian Wells Valley.”

Bob Pinney was born July 21, 1939, in East Liverpool, Ohio. In 1953 Bob’s father, Grant C. Pinney, was offered a teaching job in Randsburg. In a frequently told family story, Grant missed the turn to Randsburg and ended up at China Lake, where he was offered another teaching job and the family stayed. Bob, along with all of his siblings, his daughters and most of his nieces and nephews, grew up in Ridgecrest and graduated from Burroughs High School.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Bob was a driving force in local theater, appearing in dozens of productions for the China Lake Players and CLOTA and winning local awards for his acting and directing skills. He was very proud of his membership in the theatrical fraternity Delta Psi Omega at Bakersfield College.

Most people in the Indian Wells Valley know him from his years as a deejay, first on KLOA in Ridgecrest and then on KCNQ in Lake Isabella. Generations of valley residents woke up to his morning theme song, Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five,” and listened as Bob read the news of the day from the AP wire; more listened to him for the last few years as the voice of “Tradio on the Radio” in Lake Isabella.

He won awards for journalism and voice reporting and was highly respected in his field. He ran fishing tours out of Mazatlan, Mexico, as a side business; fishing and hiking were among his great loves, alongside performing and journalism.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Grant and Gertrude Pinney, and his younger brother John Pinney (for whom the Pinney Pool is named). He is survived by his daughters Julie Pinney Robb of Tulsa, Okla., and Jenney Pinney of Phoenix, Ariz.; his grandchildren Clinton and Madison Wallace of Phoenix, CJ Robb of Kodiak, Alaska, and Tanner Robb of Tulsa; and his sisters Diana Smith of Inyokern and Kathy Segovia and Pam Pinney, both of Ridgecrest.

Bob Pinney lived his life according to his own rules. He taught his daughters to be proud of their individuality, to appreciate good books and good theater and good wine and to not worry about what anyone else thought of them. He was smart and funny and talented, and his family is going to miss him very much.

Submitted by the family of Grant Robert “Bob” Pinney

Story First Published: 2013-03-27