Bob Rogers 20 Years at 2CH
A genuine legend of the business, Bob Rogers today celebrates 20 years with Macquarie Radio Network’s 2CH.
He joined Radio 2CH in 1995 and at the age of 72 John Singleton persuaded him to sign a 10-year contract. “This wouldn’t have been possible without Singo and by the way – what is this new thing called FM?”, said Bob.
Bob celebrated his 20-year milestone with a special event at Macquarie Radio in Sydney with 2CH staff this morning.
Bob started his career in the record library at 3XY before transferring to studio duties as a panel operator in 1942. He worked at many country Victorian radio stations over seven years before moving to 7HO Hobart, where he was given a copy of Vaughn Monroe’s ‘Riders in the Sky’ by an American freighter docked at the time, played it on 7HO and thus began Rogers’ career as one of the country’s first ‘disc jockeys’.
After a stint at 4BH in Brisbane, he joined 2UE and began the “Top Forty” in 1958. Later joining 2SM as one of the ‘Good Guys’ he famously became known as the ‘Fifth Beatle’ after flying to Australia with The Beatles and broadcasting their entire tour of Australia and New Zealand.
He has interviewed a ‘who’s who’ of music and movie stars including Shirley Bassey, Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Chubby Checker, Cleo Lane, Billy Hayley, Pat Boone, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Johnny O’Keefe, Andy Williams, Gene Krupa, Rock Hudson, Buddy Greco, Betty Hutton, Barry Humphries, Stan Freiberg, Debbie Reynolds, the Bee Gees, Peter and Gordon, Frankie Lane, Ann Miller, Nat King Cole and Sammy Davis Junior.
Macquarie Radio Network Sydney Operations Director Paul Bowd said:“We consider ourselves extremely privileged to have a broadcaster the calibre of Bob at 2CH and he continues to delight his loyal listeners with the music they love and guests they admire, who have most recently included Chris Isaak, Judith Durham and Tina Arena.
“Bob has enjoyed an outstanding and stellar radio career and it is fitting that we celebrate this 20 year milestone at 2CH.”