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Talk show host Bob Lonsberry on his and his family's bout with COVID

Mobilia: "First of all, how are you feeling?"

Lonsberry: "I'm on the mend. I got the COVID, I still have some symptoms, they come and go but I feel blessed we're doing O.K. My family is healthy and we're going forward."

Mobilia: "So all seven of you had it, was anyone asymptomatic, did anyone have worse symptoms than someone else?"

Lonsberry: "That was one of the things that was so interesting about this that it affected everybody differently. I think a couple of our young sons were truly asymptomatic and we all sort of went our own way, about half the people had a fever, half didn't, half had coughs and sore throats, half didn't. It manifests itself very differently in each of us and lasted over a different course of time for each of us."

Lonsberry says the symptoms were more severe in his wife, their year-old son and himself.

"It was like the flu and also a very odd thing, it created like a nerve pain in my leg that's been almost frigging incapacitating. It's been a heck of a deal," Lonsberry said.

As a father, he says it's the unknown of this virus that's worrisome.

"It's a daunting watch because you don't know how it's going to end up until it does," Lonsberry said. "And you don't know if you're truly free of it until it's completely gone. And the most difficult part of it was the anxiety and concern for your loved ones."

Mobilia: "You've mentioned Halloween, we're almost to Thanksgiving. What advice do you have for people out there, because you guys are living this?"

Lonsberry: "I think as COVID is rising among us it would be pretty smart to keep your head down, holed up a little bit and not risk taking COVID to your loved ones or having them bring it to you. It would be a good Thanksgiving to stay home."

Lonsberry says the takeaway from his experience with COVID, is the virus is in charge, not you.  

He says don't blow it off, get tested and prepare now, in case you do get sick.

Mobilia: "Can you just go down kind of list off you know the rank and file of your family, you know who had kind of what symptoms?"

Lonsberry: "You bet. My wife, Amanda he had chills. She was incapacitated, a couple of days. Most of the time, she just felt miserable but hit her like the flu. She had fever she had quite a fever. My son Jack, who's He had lethargy and fatigue he was just listless for like almost 10 days had no life whatsoever. Ellie, my year-old girl. She likewise was a little bit like the flu, and she holed up and was just sick for a few days. She came out of it fairly quickly though she had the change in taste. She retained her taste, but everything tasted very odd to her. Then, Robbie, He didn't become ill. But he felt different. And he knew that he had it before he even got the test. But he didn't manifest in him particularly his illness. Then there are two young boys Scott and Sam and Scott was was asymptomatic and Sam was just kind of blurry-eyed for a day or two, but other than that. Fine. Then I had it. It was like flu, and also a very odd thing. It’s like neuralgia, a nerve pain in my leg. It's like almost frigging incapacitating it's just been a heck of a deal. And then I get like two weeks of the flu, those, those are basic symptoms."


Radio host schooled after comparing 'boomer' to N-word;, more on Twitter react

Radio host Bob Lonsberry is being criticized after comparing the word "boomer" to the N-word.

The phrase "OK, boomer" has been used on the video sharing app TikTok by Generation Z and millennials to show their resentment toward baby boomers.

In a since-deleted tweet, Lonsberry, 60, said "'Boomer' is the n-word of ageism," according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, which is part of the USA TODAY Network. 

"Being hip and flip does not make bigotry ok, nor is a derisive epithet acceptable because it is new,” he continued.

The Monday tweet garnered attention in the form of thousands of replies. 

"Just because something is insulting, it doesn't make it the N-word sporto. Nobody died connected to it. Nobody was enslaved or segregated in conjunction with it. Just stop," "The Mo'Kelly Show" host replied. "You want the pain of the word, just none of the lynchings, disenfranchisement and hatred. Hush."

"Jeopardy!" winner Ken Jennings also responded to the tweet: "Don't worry, I'm Mormon like this guy so it's okay: I can call him a boomer with the hard 'r'."

Another response tweet that shared a quote from stand-up comedian John Mulaney received more than 20, retweets and 80, likes: "If you're comparing the badness of two words and you won't even say one of them, that's the worse word."

Even slammed Lonsberry's comparison.

"Boomer is an informal noun referring to a person born during a baby boom, especially one born in the U.S. between and ," the digital dictionary tweeted. "The n-word is one of the most offensive words in the English language."

Lonsberry is a New York native who hosts a conservative radio show, NewsRadio WHAM-AM, in Rochester. 

This isn't the first time he's been under fire for controversial comments.

In , he was suspended for comments that were interpreted as a racial slur against Democratic Mayor William Johnson Jr., an African American who was running for local office.

Contributing: Joshua Bote

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Bob the Boomer: Lonsberry’s ageism take goes viral in since-deleted tweet

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Rochester area radio host Bob Lonsberry is known for a lot of things locally, but now when you search his name on the internet, one thing rises above the rest — ok boomer.

Outlets throughout the state, throughout the country, and even throughout the world, are reporting on Lonsberry&#;s early Monday tweet — that he&#;s since deleted. Here it is:

Lonsberry compared the word &#;boomer&#; as in &#;baby boomer&#; to the n-word. Something that the Dictionary did not take kindly to:

Lonsberry hasn&#;t explained the tweet, apologized for it, or commented on it at all — just deleted it and moved on. Lonsberry has not returned a request for comment from News 8.

The New York Times recently published a report about how millennials and Generation Z members have started saying &#;OK boomer&#; as a retort to older generations, but Lonsberry appears to be the first to compare the retort to the n-word.

Despite the deletion, Lonsberry&#;s take on ageism took on a life of its own. It skyrocketed to the front page of Reddit, and Twitter. It was picked up by every major media outlet, and was mocked incessantly online — so much so that now every time Lonsberry has tweeted since then, he&#;s received hundreds of replies, in some kind of variation, of &#;Ok boomer,&#; even with no context therein.

It would be impossible to isolate all of the replies and mentions, but here are a few examples:

Guys, I think I have to leave Twitter. Someone with a pink cartoon unicorn as their avi just called me a Boomer. I’m strong, but not that strong.

— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) November 5,

The reason “ok boomer” is such a devastating burn is the sputtering, outsized rage it produces proves the point.

— Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) November 5,

Kids: "Grandpa, tell us where you were the day Lonsberry was humiliated on the internet."

Grandpa: "I'll never forget it. I wasted a day of productivity, cackling at my phone like an imbecile. The locals dubbed it #Lonsboomer It was glorious."

Kids: "Wow!"

— James Simons (@rochplanner) November 5,

Watching Bob Lonsberry get eviscerated on a national level today is making my Rochesterian heart grow like the grinch

— W (@wulllim) November 4,

Bob Lonsberry is an embarrassment to Rochester.

— R.t Voll (@ORtvollO) November 4,

bob lonsberry really thought deleting his tweet comparing "boomer" to the n word would get people off his back lmao ok boomer

— keona🌺🧢 (@keonaaac) November 4,

Might be best to just delete this account. Although for a boomer that might be challenging to figure out.

— Chuck (@CGHess85) November 4,

Check back with News 8 WROC as we will continue to update this developing story.

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Upstate New York radio host Bob Lonsberry has deleted a tweet after it went viral and drew widespread criticism online.

“'Boomer' is the n-word of ageism. Being hip and flip does not make bigotry ok, nor is a derisive epithet acceptable because it is new,” Lonsberry wrote on Twitter Monday morning.

The conservative talk radio personality was overwhelmed by thousands of responses mocking him as “Boomer Bob,” while others simply tweeted “OK boomer,” which became a trending topic with more than , tweets. He also made the front page of Reddit, got zinged by time “Jeopardy!” champion Ken Jennings, and became an entry on

“Saying your generation’s official name is the equivalent of the most heinous racial slur in America is some real Boomer s--t,” one Twitter user wrote.

“The fact that you can type out ‘boomer’ and not the n-word shows me you know you’re wrong, bob,” another tweeted.

“Don’t worry, I’m Mormon like this guy so it’s okay: I can call him a boomer with the hard ‘r,’” Jennings joked.

“Boomer is an informal noun referring to a person born during a baby boom, especially one born in the U.S. between and The n-word is one of the most offensive words in the English language,” the official account for wrote.

The Democrat & Chronicle points out Lonsberry’s tweet “ratioed" negatively, with nearly 10 times as many responses as “likes.” @dictionarycom, on the other hand, had a positive ratio with 90, likes and 25, responses.

Lonsberry has since removed his original tweet without explanation or apology.

It’s unclear what prompted Lonsberry’s tweet, but The New York Times recently detailed how millenials and Generation Z have started using the phrase “OK boomer” as a flippant response to older generations whose actions, politically, socially and environmentally, have impacted today’s teens and young adults.

Lonsberry, 60, is part of the generation known as “Baby Boomers," born between and

Bob Lonsberry

Lonsberry currently hosts a morning show on WHAM-AM () in Rochester and an afternoon show on NewsRadio WSYR in Syracuse. He’s worked for iHeartRadio, formerly known as Clear Channel, for more than 15 years, and has a long history of controversies.

He was once fired from WHAM in after criticizing black teens as “raised like animals, groomed as predators” and referring to Rochester Mayor William Johnson Jr., an African-American who was running for Monroe County executive at the time, as a “monkey" and “orangutan.”

Lonsberry, who lives in the rural Livingston County village of Mount Morris, also sold FUBO merchandise in to criticize President Barack Obama -- the acronym stood for “F U Barack Obama” -- and drew criticism in when he railed against “he-she transformations" when the city of Rochester decided to add transgender health care benefits for city employees and their families.

He previously hosted shows on KNRS and KLO in Salt Lake City, and was later rehired at WHAM after completing sensitivity training. He’s hosted an afternoon show on WSYR since when he replaced previous Syracuse radio host Jim Reith. All the stations are owned by iHeartMedia, the parent company of iHeartRadio.


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Bob Lonsberry compares 'boomer' to N-word; tells him to watch his language

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In an attempt to squash the "OK boomer" catchphrase, conservative Rochester radio host Bob Lonsberry inadvertently became the poster adult for it. 

"'Boomer' is the n-word of ageism. Being hip and flip does not make bigotry ok, nor is a derisive epithet acceptable because it is new," Lonsberry, 60, tweeted on Sunday. 

The tweet didn't terminate the "OK boomer" trend. It made Lonsberry a trending topic. 

Oh snap! Stephen Colbert dunks Lonsberry for 'grade-A casual racism'

The hashtag #okboomer catapulted to the top 10 trends in the United States with more than , tweets. Lonsberry's tweet ratioed — it received more replies than retweets and likes, an ominous sign — with nearly 20, responses, including a rebuke from

Lonsberry deleted the tweet but those pesky millennials and Gen Zers don't just take pictures of their food, dogs and duck-face selfies. They take pictures of everything. Even tweets before they vanish. 

"Boomer is an informal noun referring to a person born during a baby boom, especially one born in the U.S. between and ," said in a quote tweet that went viral. "The n-word is one of the most offensive words in the English language." 

Lonsberry made the front page of Reddit. made a new entry on its site to clarify "OK boomer." A Twitter account that identifies the platform's "main character of the day" awarded Lonsberry the title on Monday. 

"Don't worry, I'm Mormon like this guy so it's okay: I can call him a boomer with the hard 'r,'" time Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings, replied. 

A tweet responding with a quote from stand-up comedian John Mulaney received more than 20, retweets and 70, likes: "If you're comparing the badness of two words and you won't even say one of them, that's the worse word."

"OK boomer" is a punchline popularized by teens and young adults to dismiss what they consider outmoded views and behaviors of older generations. It's a digital eye roll and akin to saying someone is out of touch. 

New York Times:'OK Boomer' marks the end of friendly generational relations 

Lonsberry, who hosts an eponymous talk show on NewsRadio WHAM-AM (), did not immediately respond to a voicemail or text message seeking comment.

He may dedicate a segment of his radio show to the topic Tuesday. His newfound Generation Z, though, would probably prefer to listen as a podcast.

Others came to Lonsberry's defense

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Bob Lonsberry

Bob Lonsberry (born July 18, [1]) is an American radio talk show host, columnist, author and conservative.

He has been a newspaper reporter, columnist,[2] photojournalist and editor, as well as a magazine writer and commentator on radio and television and a television reporter and manager.[3] He is the author of "The Early Years," a collection of newspaper columns, as well as a collection of essays, and four short novels.[4]

Lonsberry is a native of Canisteo, New York.[5]

Radio shows[edit]

Once using the promotional tagline "The most fired man in Rochester media,"[6] Lonsberry hosts two radio talk shows featuring a mix of news, political commentary, callers, and day-to-day anecdotes. One show airs on WHAM (AM) in Rochester, New York from 8 AM to 12 PM ET. The other airs on WSYR (AM) in Syracuse, New York from 3 PM to 6 PM. website.

Lonsberry almost always expresses a conservative opinion about the issues he discusses on his talk shows. Typically, Lonsberry spends most of his shows discussing local and state issues—less frequently discussing national issues. Lonsberry also discusses life and family issues. Lonsberry is married to his third wife. He and his first wife divorced and his second marriage was annulled.[7]

When Lonsberry is absent, progressive talk radio host George Kilpatrick has occasionally filled in for him, a situation that brought Kilpatrick a certain degree of hate mail.[8]


In February , Lonsberry coined the term FUBO[9] and began selling T-shirts and other merchandise with the term at[10] This term, an acronym for the phrase "F-ck U Barack Obama", is often used on his radio show to express disgust with the actions and policies of the US President. He also promotes NOBO (NO Barack Obama) apparel and accessories.[11]

Controversy, firing, rehiring, and latest firing[edit]

While Lonsberry was working as a talk show host for WHAM-Rochester in late , an orangutan had temporarily escaped its cage in Rochester's Seneca Park Zoo. Lonsberry made the comment while monkey sounds played, "a monkey's loose up at the zoo again--and he's running for county executive." He was insinuating that Mayor Johnson was unfit for the position. The two candidates were Maggie A. Brooks, a white woman who was then county clerk, and William A. Johnson, Jr., a black man who was then mayor. Lonsberry never mentioned the three-term mayor by name. WHAM radio said in a statement that "although Mr. Lonsberry expressed a willingness to change, it became obvious to us that he is not embracing diversity."[12]

Lonsberry was later fired from WHAM-AM for the remarks (but not from KNRS, both Clear Channel radio stations). When WHAM ratings in his time slot plunged, he was rehired following completion of sensitivity training. During his absence, many fans of his Rochester show boycotted the station and its sponsors until he was returned to the airwaves.

On June 16, , Lonsberry was fired from KNRS in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he'd hosted show weekdays between 5 AM to 9 AM MT for a decade. In Lonsberry's daily web column, he indicated that the station attributed his firing to his lower listener ratings following the introduction of the Portable People Meter.[13] Lonsberry also suggests that his opposition to Republican primary candidate for US Senate, Mike Lee, a Utah-based attorney whose employer, a law firm whose clients includes one of KNRS's advertisers, may have been a factor in his firing. Lonsberry writes:

Of course, being suspicious is my stock-in-trade, and the timing of my termination and the stand I’ve been taking on the looming senatorial primary and the fact I’ve been opposing a candidate who made $, from one of our largest advertisers last year, does make me wonder. Strings get pulled in the real world, and politics is hardball, and our program’s effort helped tip the nominating convention, so it’s not impossible that I lost my job in Salt Lake so that somebody else could get a job in Washington.[14]

Lonsberry vocally supported Mike Lee's primary-election opponent, Tim Bridgewater, a businessman and former Chairman of the Utah County Republican Party.[15] The Bridgewater Campaign subsequently pulled all its ads from radio station KNRS.[16]

Interest in Lonsberry's firing from KNRS was high with over a thousand reader comments—several times the normal response—to Lonsberry's weekday blog.[13] Lonsberry fans also started a grassroots listener campaign with the objective of restoring Lonsberry to his position ([17] Lonsberry returned to the Utah airwaves in February on radio station KLO AM.

On December 20, , Lonsberry announced that he was doing his last morning broadcast on KLO due to an upcoming schedule change at WHAM. Lonsberry no longer broadcasts in the Utah radio market.

While the content of Lonsberry's Rochester and Salt Lake City shows were politically and socially conservative, his approach in two broadcast markets differed due to local content and interests. The former Salt Lake City show was more genteel and included frequent religious references whereas the Rochester show is more raucous and occasionally risqué. (On the WHAM show, Lonsberry frequently mentions his affinity for women's breasts.)[citation needed] Lonsberry broadcasts his Rochester show from the WHAM studio, although he occasionally originates the program from his home.

In November of , Lonsberry was ridiculed online after comparing the word “boomer” to the N-word.[18] The phrase "OK boomer" had been used on the video sharing app TikTok by Generation Z and millennials to show their resentment toward baby boomers.[19] chimed in on the controversy, noting that "Boomer is an informal noun referring to a person born during a baby boom, especially one born in the U.S. between and " and "The n-word is one of the most offensive words in the English language."[20]


Lonsberry is a former columnist for the Rochester Times-Union.[21] Lonsberry currently writes a weekday column published on his own website. Lonsberry has also been published in The Washington Times[22] and on the National Rifle Association's website,[citation needed]

Lonsberry has authored five books:


Lonsberry was a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) on the Navajo and Hopi reservations in the American Southwest.[24] Lonsberry was excommunicated from the church for bad conduct some time before [25] Although less frequently than on KNRS, he continues to discuss religious topics on his WHAM show and still considers himself an adherent of Mormonism. He has written in defense of the veracity of the Book of Mormon[26] and of Mormonism's place in broader Christianity.[25] Lonsberry avoids publicly discussing his former membership status in the LDS Church but has often discussed topics related to the church during his radio shows.[27] These religious discussions were frequent on the former Salt Lake City show but are discussed much less often with the Rochester and Syracuse area audiences. As of , Lonsberry's Twitter bio states that he has since reconciled with and rejoined the LDS Church.


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  18. ^Herbert, Geoff (). "Radio host Bob Lonsberry says 'boomer' is like N-word, gets ridiculed online". syracuse. Retrieved
  19. ^Moniuszko, Sara M. "Radio host schooled after comparing 'boomer' to N-word;, more on Twitter react". USA TODAY. Retrieved
  20. ^Miller, Ryan C. "Bob Lonsberry compares 'boomer' to N-word, tells him to watch his language". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved
  21. ^"YOUR HOST TELLS HIS LAME STORY". Retrieved 17 January
  22. ^Column in the Washington TimesArchived October 14, , at the Wayback Machine
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