When Bob Conners steps down on Nov. 30 from the radio show he's hosted for 33 years, he says he will stick around his Eastmoor neighborhood.

When Bob Conners steps down on Nov. 30 from the radio show he's hosted for 33 years, he says he will stick around his Eastmoor neighborhood.

Conners has lived in Eastmoor for nearly as long as he's hosted Bob Conners in the Morning for WTVN (610 AM).

"I have no plans to make Florida my permanent home," Conners said, referring to the winter home he owns on Marco Island. "I've been told that come April on the island, it gets unbearably hot and humid, like Columbus in August. So, no, I'll keep the arrangement I have already, living in Florida during the winter and in Columbus for the rest of the year."

And why not? To hear Conners tell it, Eastmoor is a little slice of Norman Rockwell's America, circa 1950.

"I've lived here for 30, 35 years," Conners said. "Neighbors come, neighbors go. We look out for one another. We put up our political signs during election season and take them down after we vote. We tend to our yards. We go to church.

"If there is a spate of break-and-enters, we become more watchful. We track things down and call the police, and then they get the guy."

With his wife, Linda, Conners raised four kids on Columbus' East Side: Kevin, Mike, Mark and Kathryn.

"We have a great parish in Eastmoor, St. Catharine's. And we have great schools: St. Catharine's, St. Charles and the Columbus School for Girls. It was a great place to raise a family."

Eastmoor is a microcosm of Columbus, Conners said. While the national discourse has become more coarse, Conners said, his listeners have remained even-handed for the most part, more polite than not.

"There honestly hasn't been that dramatic a change in Columbus," he said. "Folks use the same adjectives to describe things they like or dislike that they were using 40 years ago."

Conners has interviewed virtually everyone who is someone in Columbus, but he refrained from naming a favorite politician.

"I never did take sides with my radio show," he said. "When it comes to the issues, we'd always try to have both sides represented during a show. If we couldn't do that, we'd have the other side represented at a later date. We'd even try to get an objective third party, so everybody got a seat at the table."

A populist at heart, Conners is particularly proud of his weekend show, "BC's Saturday Morning Open Phones," a free-wheeling production that produced moments of unbridled hilarity and a stable of wacky regulars who became must-listen radio figures.

"Everyone knew what The Dispatch thought and what our politicians thought and what our television stations thought, but we didn't have in Columbus a voice for the people, a forum to find out what the people were thinking," Conners said.

"And it didn't matter how stupid or idiotic a thing was that a caller was saying, the only rule I had for the show was that you had to behave. I'd tell them, 'We won't ask you not to call back as long as you are polite and don't attack other callers.'"

Even the zany promotions that Conners and his team pulled off tended to be wholesome and, at worst, rated PG-13.

"The Top 5 craziest things I ever did on air had to do, I'm sure, with the (oldies rock band) Danger Brothers. And the sixth craziest thing we ever did, we were sitting around trying to think up a promo and we came up with a Boy George Look-alike Contest. It was absolutely swamped. And the best thing about it was, it didn't matter whether you were a boy or a girl, anyone could dress up like Boy George."

Conners said he doesn't have a bucket list because "I've been living my bucket list in radio for the past 47 years. I've been to the countries I wanted to see. I do have a couple of books I'd like to read and I want to learn a foreign language."

The language is Spanish, he said, "because of how important it is down in Florida. I'm going to let that Rosie or Rosetta gal teach me Spanish the way I learned English, by listening to it."