It’s not simply Bob Griffin’s amazing longevity in the Shreveport-Bossier City market that makes him stand out- it’s his impact and commitment to the people, places and things he’s reported on for over fifty years.
From Fort Smith, Ark., Bob attended the University of Arkansas and the University of Nebraska. After college he worked for a movie company in St. Louis and appeared in an Off-Broadway show in New York. When he returned to Arkansas, he went to work for a radio station in Fort Smith and then moved on to Texarkana. After joining KSLA in 1961 as a staff announcer, he hosted a children’s show “Bob and His Buddies” through the 1960’s. In short time Bog began doing both sports and weather and soon added sports coverage to his on-air skills. It wasn’t long before he focused solely on sports. His comprehensive coverage of high school sports, particularly football, has made him a seminal figure to generations of youth and fans in the area for over six decades.
Bob has received numerous career awards from Shreveport-Bossier organizations, including the Independence Bowl’s 2000 “Sportsman of the Year”, 2004 “Mr. Shreveport” award from The Optimist Club in recognition of his community activism and longtime impact. He earned the National Football Foundation northwest Louisiana chapter’s “Contribution to Amateur Football” award in 2005 and serves on that organization’s board.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Bob has become known for his travel stories which not only aired on KSLA TV but throughout the Southwest and in some cases nationally and internationally. His favorite local series was Griffin’s Ark-La-Tex. Today Bob is busier than ever promoting the positive things about the Ark-La-Tex. Today Bob’s Ark-La-Tex Living the Good Life is a regular feature on KTBS TV’s Monday mornings First News.
Bob and his wife, Denise, are members of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Shreveport. They have twin daughters. Both are married. Bob has ten grandchildren.