Bob Venturini is a Rhode Island based Public-access television cable TV show host, presenting An Hour with Bob and Bob's Big Adventures. He has been a television personality since 1991. He works pro-bono for these public-access television cable TV programs; legally American cable access performers may not receive compensation. The show is broadcast on Cox Communications and Verizon FiOS Television in Rhode Island and some of the South-Eastern viewing area of Massachusetts including Fall River.
Each year, Bob Venturini and his television crew put together the Victor J. Venturini Memorial Toys for Tots Telethon to collect toys for needy children across Rhode Island. The telethon gets its name in honor of Bob's late father and late brother. The show is broadcast live from the Warwick Mall as a partnership with Cox Cable and gains the attention of the local media. Attendees include the US Marines, personalities from WPRI-TV, WJAR-TV, and WLNE-TV plus numerous radio personalities from WPRO, WPRO-FM, WHJJ, WHJY, WCTK, WSNE-FM, WWLI, WWBB; and lots of local and regional entertainers who donate their time and talent. Most importantly, Bob and friends collect thousands of toys each year for children who might have otherwise gone without.
In addition to appearing in numerous local television and radio spots, including a series of TV commercials based on his success with a local hair transplant doctor, Venturini was also an extra in the feature film A Civil Action with John Travolta, and a guest in the ballroom scene of Meet Joe Black with Brad Pitt.
Bob has traveled to five continents and currently lives with his Beagle (Jack) in his hometown of Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Bob's son, Zachary, also has his own show on Cox, Zachary's Adventures. It is similar to Bob's Big Adventures, instead it follows Zachary on his "adventures".
In June 2010, Bob Venturini threw his hat into the political arena and became an independent candidate for Lt. Governor of the State of Rhode Island. His regular guy persona, independent status and sincerity has made his campaign a popular grass roots effort.