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Donald Rosenberg
Born July 5, 1934
Died March 30, 2005
Other names Dr. Don Rose
Occupation Disk jockey

Don Rose (born Donald Rosenberg- also known as Dr. Don Rose or just Dr. Don (July 5, 1934 – March 30, 2005) was an American radio personality on KFRC AM 610 in San Francisco, California from October 1973 to 1986. Prior to joining KFRC, Rose had been a prominent broadcaster at WQXI (AM) in Atlanta, Georgia, and WFIL in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was known for his one-liners, sound effects and philanthropy.

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Early years

He was born Donald Rosenberg in North Platte, Nebraska. He started in radio at KOIL in 1955 while attending the University of Nebraska.[1]

KFRC

During the 1980s, Jane Dornacker worked with him doing traffic. One of his running gags was feeding the dog Roscoe. This would involve Rose telling about what he and his wife Kae ate for dinner the night before, and then Roscoe would eat the "leftovers."

"I'm married to radio," he told The Chronicle (San Francisco) in 1975, "and I'm thinking about suing it for nonsupport. I would describe my show as therapy, for myself."

With Dr. Don as anchor, KFRC was voted "Station of the Year" four times by Billboard Magazine. He was considered by many to be the king of radio in the Bay Area during the final decade of AM's musical dominance. He was named by Billboard Magazine as Disc Jockey of the Year on both the East Coast (while with WFIL Philadelphia) and on the West Coast (while with KFRC San Francisco). One of Rose's characteristic "sound bite" mannerisms when he was at KFRC was to state the words "that's right" in a continuous fashion that was intended to sound "crazy" or funny, which also served to represent the overall morning zoo radio format, style and "feel" of his show.

In addition to his radio broadcasting work, he hosted cartoon shows on Field Communications television stations in Chicago (WFLD 32), Detroit (WKBD 50), Philadelphia (WKBS 48) and San Francisco (KBHK 44) for over a decade. Dr. Don Rose raised a total of over $10 million by hosting March of Dimes Superwalks for 20 years. As well, he emceed many golf tourneys, including his own, with proceeds going toward Special Olympics and special education.

Despite his cheerful persona, Rose suffered over three decades of debilitating pain from assorted medical problems. In 1972, he underwent a botched heart surgery, which caused chronic knee infections that required 11 more operations and led to his losing his kneecap. He broadcast his daily radio show flat on his back from his home hospital bed for months. In 1984, after a fall made the knee problems worse, one leg was amputated.

Rose had to alter his on-air act in 1986 when KFRC changed its format to Big Band Music and its logo to Magic 61. He left KFRC permanently by the end of the year. He went back to morning radio in 1988 on KIOI, but retired four months later following a heart attack on the air. He died in his sleep due to complications from pneumonia at the age of 70.[1] He was married for 45 years to his wife Kae and they had five children.

References

  1. ^ a b "Legendary Morning Air Personality Dr. Don Rose Dies". Radio Online. March 30, 2005.  

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