Kristi Lee will return to “The Bob & Tom Show” as a regular cast member on Monday after exiting the show in December, according to a news release on the radio show’s website.
Lee had been a regular on the WFBQ-FM 94.7 morning show for 27 years when she departed, telling IBJ that she “wanted to explore other opportunities.” In April, she launched a podcast that mixed news, guest interviews and comedy.
“I am thrilled to be back on “The Bob & Tom Show,’ even though I fully expect to be interrupted by the boys on a regular basis again,” Lee said on the show’s press release.
Lee’s departure coincided with the retirement of Bob Kevoian, who signed off Dec. 17. Kevoian announced his retirement Nov. 5 when he and co-founder Tom Griswold were inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame, 32 years after starting the popular comedy show.
Lee’s off-air name is Theresa Ritz. She graduated from Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, attended Indiana University and worked as a TV engineer at WRTV-TV Channel 6 in Indianapolis for six years before joining Q95 as a part-time disc jockey. She began working full-time on “The Bob & Tom Show” in 1989.
Lee often described her role on the show as that of a den mother, playing the straight role amid the typically immature and raunchy antics of the male cast members.
She helped make the program a national success and local ratings leader. The show went into national syndication in 1995 and is carried on more than 100 stations nationwide. It also won five Marconi Awards and generated more than 50 comedy albums over the years.
"It's great to have Kristi back on the show," Griswold said in the release.
On Monday, Lee will join the show’s current lineup, which includes Griswold, Chick McGee, Donnie Baker, and Scott Potasnik.