David "Doc" Kirby




David "Doc" Kirby has been a part of the Troy community since coming to Troy State University in 1973 to "be in Dr. Long's Band". While in the Sound of the South he met and married Troy native Becky Griffin and they settled here after graduation. Doc came to WTBF March 1975, while in Graduate School to be a band director, He was hired as a full-time Music Director and Salesman in 1976, Production and Music Director in 1977, and Program Director in 1979. He has also become a Methodist preacher (1990) , owned his own business (Doc's Music Place, 1986-90), raised two sons who also worked at WTBF Radio (Sean and Scott), squeezed in some time as a high school band, chorus & drama teacher and began teaching in the Hall School of Journalism at his alma mater in 2004. He is still Program Manager at WTBF AM and FM, and teaches full-time at TROY. His favorite memories at WTBF are of the hundreds of TROY students who trained under him as announcers, some of whom have gone on to careers in journalism, and the times he has been a part of special service to the community through WTBF.


Doc Kirby also hosts the "On The Bookshelf" program. He interviews authors of Christian books, holiday books, and history books. Over time, the weekly column became a daily radio review, whose name was changed to “Book Bit” to separate it from the interview show. .

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