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Rob Whitehurst

A Tampa native, Rob developed an interest in the arts when he caught The Beatles first guest appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. When he turned 13th he got a guitar for his birthday and later formed his first rock band while in high school.

After graduation, Rob went on to college and received his degree in Speech/Broadcasting from the University of South Florida. While there, he helped out at both WUSF Radio and TV, learning all he could about the business.

Rob’s first radio job came in 1973 when he was hired to run the board at WKES-FM. Then came work at WSST-AM a year later, doing the station’s weekend Christian Rock show. In 1976 he took the Music Director’s position at WINQ, then left radio in 1978 to pursue business interests in the corporate world. 

In 1985, the freelance production industry was developing in central Florida and Rob got a foot in the door when he was asked to do some sound work for a TV show that was being taped locally. Five years later he left corporate America to work full-time as a sound recordist in the film and television industry.

Some of the TV shows Rob has worked on include American Idol, 60 Minutes, The Today Show, Entertainment Tonight, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Cops, and America’s Most Wanted. His work also extends to the motion pictures industry and includes In the Line of Duty, To Die For, and the IMAX film, Stormchasers.

Today (2006) Rob continues his work as a sound recordist/mixer and is based in the Tampa Bay area.

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