Bob Rogers interviewed by Debbie Kruger
Excerpt from oral history- Bob Rogers, approaching his 70th anniversary in Australian broadcasting, talks through his life and career from his childhood days in Depression-era rural Victoria. He describes his first experience of having a radio at the age of 10, his family's move to Melbourne and his first forays into professional radio as a panel operator at 3XY when he was 15. He reflects on his first on-air jobs in regional radio stations, and from 1947 his full-time on air roles in Melbourne, Hobart and Brisbane. Eventually his star turns as a pioneering DJ in Sydney on 2UE, 2SM as one of the legendary 'Good Guys' including his famous association with the Beatles on their Australian tour, and later stints on air with 2GB, 2KY, 3UZ, 3AW, and several returns to 2UE and 2SM. He discusses his years hosting television programs, details of his family life, raising his children and stepping outside of broadcasting to open a chain of clothing stores. He describes settling into a historical run as morning presenter on Sydney station 2CH where he still works today. Bob mentions relationships with key media figures including John Laws, Derryn Hinch and Rod Muir, the changes in radio technology over his lifetime, his experiences meeting and interviewing major music and Hollywood stars, and his feelings about being an octogenarian.