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By Jessica Y. Lilly

September 14, 2010 · For those in Southern West Virginia reminders of the funny guy from the deserted island can be found through the work of his widow and a unique radio station.

Five years ago this month actor Bob Denver passed away but his legacy lives on in the hearts of fans around the world.

Little Buddy radio hit the airwaves in the Princeton/Bluefield area in 2004. The station plays mostly oldies and is sprinkled with the voice of Bob Denver himself.

While he was alive, his voice promoted local companies with his wife Drema. Those tuning in can still hear his voice.

Dreama says Bob was a very private person but the the radio station is a personal legacy. She says it also helped to bring healing after losing her husband.

“I didn’t know what to do with myself and honestly I didn’t know if I’d survive it,” she said. “That sounds dramatic but my family everyone who knew me was really concerned because I didn’t really want to live without him. I didn’t know how I would do that. I had Little Buddy Radio to submerse myself in.”

The radio station is nonprofit, owned and operated by the Denver Foundation. Bob and Dreama because their son is autistic and they wanted to help West Virginia families in similar circumstances.

“His last legacy, the radio station and the foundation, he left that to West Virginia,” she said. “I mean that’s the most personal thing he had and he left it to this area because he loved it here and he wanted to help families here.”

Dreama can also be heard on her station, promoting things she says West Virginians should be proud of.

Dreama grew up in Bluefield. While the couple lived in several different cities across the U.S., it was Bob’s idea to move to the mountain state.

Bob and Dreama lived on top of a mountain in Princeton. She says he enjoyed waking up and looking at the rolling hills around him. He showed his love for the state through his involvement and investment into the area.

Steven Jarvis works at the Concord University Bookstore and remembers seeing Denver at several school events.

“He started making some appearances at Homecoming some local events you could see him he was really out and about everywhere,” Jarvis said. “He really became almost a legacy to this area. With Little Buddy radio I still listen to it.”

“It’s just a nice little thing to know that he cared so much about southern West Virginia and he was able to help and he continues to help long after he passed away.”

Carolyn Cox has lived in Southern West Virginia for more than 30 years. She says she remembers being very young during Denver’s role as Maynard G. Krebs on the show “The Many Lives of Dobie Gillis.” Like so many Americans, she remembers Denver as Gilligan.

“I think the fact that he valued the community, of course he came with his wife she was from this area,” Cox said, “but he valued the community in that he was willing to he came back he wanted to live here, establish his radio station and live here the last years of his life.”

Read in Full:  http://www.wvpubcast.org/newsarticle.aspx?id=16645

 

“Bob Denver 1935-2005”:

http://www.bobdenver.com/

 

“Bob Denver, TV’s Gilligan, dead at 70”:

 

Bob Denver & Alan Hale

1964: Gilligan (Bob Denver, R) schemes to capture a Japanese sailor (Vito Scotti) who doesn’t know the war is over in a scene from CBS Televison’s “Gilligan’s Island.”

Cast of Gilligan’s Island

Gilligan's Island Cake

Gilligan’s Island Cake(Coconut Cream Pie)

http://debbiedoescakes.blogspot.com/2010/03/all-about-board.html#uds-search-results

“Honeybees”, Gilligan’s Island

 ca. 1964-1967 — From left to right, sex-kitten Ginger (Tina Louise), girl-next-door Mary Ann (Dawn Wells), and millionairess Mrs. Howell (Natalie Schaefer) in a scene from the 1960s television comedy .

Gilligan’s Island 1966

Bob Denver in “For Those Who Think Young”



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