Rob Brandt


Tune in to Rob Brandt afternoons from 3-7! Your ride home won’t be same after you try the Five O’clock Happy Hour! It’s right in the middle of an hour of non-stop classic rock commercial free that kicks off at 4:30PM!


  • From Rob:

    I am a proud 3rd generation broadcaster, my father & grandfather both owned radio stations, my grandfather, Paul, owned several stations here in Michigan, my father Roger owned radio stations in Colorado & California. I first hit the airwaves when I was 13 years old on my father’s A.M. station in Victorville, CA.

    In February of 2014, I celebrated my 20th anniversary on the air here at WLAV. In those 20 years, I have spent the majority of the time in the 3 to 7 pm shift. I have also hosted LAV’s Sunday morning Jazz Brunch for over 18 of those years. I have had the privilege of being WLAV’s program director for over 8 years. In addition to programming WLAV & hosting a daily show on WLAV, I am also the “voice” for the Huge Show on 107.3 WBBL FM & the Huge Radio Network.

    When I’m not on the air, my escape is cooking, I love finding new recipes & trying them out on my wife & friends, most of the time they’re pretty good! I have fairly large Smoker (it’s on wheels!) Brisket is my favorite, but brisket takes a long time, so I don’t get to it very often. I smoke just about everything you would normally BBQ. My pork ribs are outstanding as well as my beer can chicken! One mention on Facebook or a simple text & there is a crowd of friends at the house in short order! They bring the sides & I do up the main dish. My friend Bubba & I have worked for years at perfecting our “art”. I also cook up some pretty good chili.

    I have been married for over 25 years to my best friend, Shelly. We have 2 children, Mike & Reiney. We became “empty nesters” this past fall with daughter Reiney heading off to Western University to study psychology….it’s kind of weird after all these years but Shelly & I are getting used to it! I also have a beautiful daughter Erica from my first marriage, she lives in Colorado.

    Music is my life; just ask my neighbors who regularly get to hear whatever I am into at the moment. It may be hard to imagine but I have a pretty loud stereo……

    I love WLAV & our wonderful & loyal listeners! Keep Rockin’!!

Rob Brandt's Blog Posts

Gene Simmons to Unveil Art Collection in Las Vegas

After years of painting his face, Gene Simmons has moved on to a more durable medium: canvas.

The KISS singer-bassist has reached an agreement with the Animazing Gallery — located inside Las Vegas’ Venetian Resort — that will see his original artwork displayed in a two-day exhibit that’s set to open October 14th, Simmons reveals.

“Moving to the United States from Israel as a young boy, I didn’t speak English,” Simmons says. “I fell in love with comics and American television, and they not only helped me learn the language, but inspired creativity and a passion for drawing and painting. With the KISS “End Of The Road’ tour taking a pause during the pandemic, I had a chance to pull decades of my art out of storage and it reignited my passion for drawing and painting again.”

Do you think Simmons’ artwork might appeal to people who aren’t KISS fans? Will KISS fans even be interested?

Mellencamp Announces Live Album

John Mellencamp is releasing the live album to go along with his upcoming documentary “The Good Samaritan Tour 2000.”

The trailer is available now but the film won’t be out until August 27th.

The documentary, which is narrated by Matthew McConaughey, chronicles Mellencamp’s 2020 trek when he performed for free in public parks across the country.

“The Good Samaritan Tour 2000” will also be streamed on Turner Classic Movie’s YouTube channel and Mellencamp will be a guest programmer on the network in September.

Check out the trailer at

What band would you most like to see perform in your local community park?

Fans Start Petition to get Styx Inducted into Rock Hall of Fame

Although Styx has been eligible for induction since 1997, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has yet to recognize the ’70s and ’80s supergroup. But a coalition of fans hopes to change that.

The fans, headed by Styx enthusiast Ken Shafer, has started a petition on that calls for the band’s induction. “For 20-plus years Styx has been eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” Shafer says. “Their influence and accomplishments warrant their induction alongside their peers. We created our online petition to demonstrate to the Hall that fans of Styx want to see them receive this recognition.”

Styx manager Charlie Brusco says the band’s induction into the Rock Hall is long overdue. “We all feel the band deserves to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — and would like to see the band inducted while many of the band members are healthy enough to attend a ceremony if there indeed will still be ceremonies,” he says. “We welcome fan support.”

What other bands deserve to be inducted, but haven’t as yet? Can you come up with a reason why Styx shouldn’t be inducted?

Neal Schon Guitars Auction For $4.2 Million

A guitar collection belonging to Journey’s Neal Schon has auctioned off for more than $4.2 million.

More than 90 guitars were included in the auction, some of which fetched more than $300,000.

One guitar – a Les Paul played on “Don’t Stop Believin'” – was sold to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, a famous collector of rock’n’roll memorabilia.

If you could own any guitar from rock history, what would you choose?

Fans Voice Concern For Vince Neil

Fans are worried about Vince Neil.  The Mötley Crüe frontman’s girlfriend Rain Hannah recently shared a post revealing her Sunday yoga flow and fans took the opportunity to express their concern about Neil’s physique and health.


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Neil disappointed fans at the Boone Iowa River Valley Festival two months ago, sounding tired and out of breath and eventually leaving the stage after losing his voice.

One person begged Hannah to help, writing, “Can you please get Vince to train like that? We are concerned fans.”

Do you think Vince will get it together before the Crüe tour?

Bruce Springsteen’s Daughter Gets Her Olympic Moment This Week

Bruce Springsteen’s daughter Jessica will get her Olympic moment this week.

Yes, if you haven’t heard, Jessica Springsteen is an accomplished equestrian rider and is competing in Tokyo in the individual and team Jumping events – where the rider guides their horse over an obstacle course.

However, you’ll have to wake up early to catch Springsteen in action – Individual Jumping begins at 6am on Tuesday and Wednesday, with Team Jumping beginning at 6am Friday and Saturday.

The events will broadcast on the livestream at

What was your favorite sport to play growing up?  What are the best ‘obscure’ Olympic events to watch?

ZZ Top pay Dusty Hill tribute in first performance since his passing

ZZ Top used their Friday show to pay tribute to their bassist Dusty Hill.

Bringing out Elwood Francis on bass, guitarist Billy Gibbons said, “Got a new guy up here, as you know. Dusty gave me the directive. My friend, your pal, Elwood Francis is gonna hold it down behind me.”

Gibbons later acknowledged Francis during the show, saying, “How about that Elwood, tearing up that bottom there for Dusty.”

According to Gibbons, Hill had wanted the band to continue on-even without him.

Do you think ZZ Top will be different without Dusty Hill? What is your favorite ZZ Top moment?

Motley Crue Announces Dr. Feelgood Digital Reissue

Motley Crue is releasing a digital remaster of “Dr. Feelgood.”

The release is part of the celebration of the band’s 40th anniversary in music.

The reissue will be available September 3rd but can be preordered now.

The album is the band’s best-selling album, with over six million copies sold worldwide.

What is your favorite Crue record?

Slash Releasing Solo Album On Gibson Records

Slash will be releasing a new album with his solo band Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.

The album will be the first-ever release by Gibson records – a new record label launched by Gibson Guitars.

Slash – who’s famous for playing Gibson Les Paul guitars – said “I know they will be a label that genuinely supports their artists creatively.”

The album will be Slash’s third with the Conspirators.  No title or release date has been announced yet.

What’s the best non-GN’R Slash project?

Metallica Shares Unreleased Footage from “Enter Sandman” Video

Metallica are sharing more rarities with fans in anticipation of the upcoming ‘Black Album’ reissue.

On their Youtube channel, Metallica released a short video of unreleased footage from their classic “Enter Sandman” video.

The band also shared pre-production rehearsal audio for the song “Don’t Tread on Me.”

The ‘Black Album’ reissue and covers album ‘The Metallica Blacklist’ will be out September 10.

What do you think of this early footage and audio from Metallica? Will you be getting the ‘Black Album’ reissue?