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Lee Rogers, Former KUPL Mornings Passed Away Today

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  • Started 4 years ago by Craig_Adams
  • Latest reply from bossjock


  1. Craig_Adams
    Radio historian

    -----------------------------------Country Radio Hall Of Famer Lee Rogers Passes-----------------------------------

    ALL ACCESS sends condolences to family and friends of LEE ROGERS, who passed away TODAY (6/11) in SANDY, OR of complications from a stroke suffered last week. He was 67.

    As reported yesterday (NET NEWS 6/10), ROGERS had recently been moved to hospice care.

    A 2011 COUNTRY RADIO HALL OF FAME inductee, ROGERS’ 40-year career in radio included on-air and programming positions at Country outlets KMPS/SEATTLE, KEEY/MINNEAPOLIS and WQIK/JACKSONVILLE. He was most recently with KUPL/PORTLAND, where he served 15 years as OM, PD and morning personality before retiring in 2009.

    He is survived by wife PEGGY, step daughter GINA, and son, LEE ROGERS JR.
    No word on services.

    A sad day for our Portland Radio family. Back in 2009 I asked Lee to E-Mail me his Radio history bio:

    I'll do the best I can Craig. I just realized it's been 15 years since I've even thought of doing a resume, so the dates may be off a year here or there.

    1969 WKLK AM Cloquet, Minnesota. Air Talent.
    1970 KBAM AM Longview, Wash. Morning Air Talent.
    1970 KBFW AM Bellingham, Wash. Morning Air Talent.
    1972-75 KLAK AM Denver, Colorado. PM Drive Air Talent.
    1975-81 KMPS AM/FM Seattle. PM Drive Air Talent.
    1981-83 KGHL AM Billings, Montana, Program Director, Morning Talent.
    1983-84 KCBQ FM San Diego, Program Director.
    1984-88 KRPM FM Seattle, Program Director.
    1988-90 WROO FM Jacksonville, Florida, Program Director/AM Air Talent.
    1990-91 KEEY FM (K102) Minneapolis, Minnesota, Program Director.
    1991-95 WQIK FM Jacksonville, Florida, Program Director.
    1994-09 KUPL FM Portland, Program Director/AM Air Talent.

    Billboard Magazine Small Market Station/Program Director of the Year.
    American Radio Systems Program Director of the Year.
    Infinity Radio Country format Program Director of the Year.
    Two time nominee for Country Radio DJ Hall of Fame. (maybe next year!! Smile) Led WQIK Jacksonville to 16 #1 Arbitrons in a row.
    At K102 we were the first station to beat the legendary WCCO in two decades.
    Obviously pulling KUPL out of the hole, it was back in 1995 against #1 KWJJ has been one of the highlights for me.

    Holy Crap...I'm tired from just typing that stuff. I think I need to retire!! (smile)


    Posted on June 11, 2014 - 05:38 PM #
  2. radiodawgz

    The radio resume above isn't quite accurate, but he had a lot of gigs to try and remember, just like any good radio jock.

    I know that because Lee gave me my first radio job--part-time weekend overnights--at what was then WCRJ-FM in Jacksonville, Florida. It was 1987, and 'CRJ became WROO not long after I arrived.

    I remember how angry he got at me when I left to go work at the cross-town rocker where I thought I'd have better opportunities. I was both right and wrong in that decision.

    I got back in touch with him 10 years ago when I arrived in town to work for his competitor. He wished me well and told me I sounded terrific, like he always knew I eventually would when I first started working for him all those years before.

    Thanks for the career, and RIP, Lee.

    Posted on June 11, 2014 - 11:33 PM #
  3. bossjock