Roger Dodson, Nebraska Radio Legend, Passes At 74
October 28, 2016 at 2:03 PM (PT)
NEBRASKA BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME inductee ROGER DODSON passed away at the age of 74 after suffering a major stroke a year ago.
DODSON was a group head at several companies and later a SVP Training with the RADIO ADVERTISING BUREAU.
DODSON got his first broadcasting job at the age of 15 in 1957 at KNCY in NEBRASKA CITY.
He worked as an announcer, salesman, and VP/GM at STUART BROADCASTING until JANUARY, 1981. He then became President of LONG-PRIDE BROADCASTING in WICHITA, KS, where he became known as one of the country top radio managers.
DODSON later became the President of RADIO ONE BROADCASTING, a group of 10 stations in SOUTH DAKOTA, MINNESOTA, IOWA and NEBRASKA before joining the RAB in 1995. He was inducted into the NEBRASKA BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME in 2003.
As STUART BROADCASTING GM, ROGER broadcast for four hours during the JUNE 3rd, 1980 tornado in GRAND ISLAND, NE, earning citations from the U.S. DEPT. OF COMMERCE and the NEBRASKALAND FOUNDATION.
Former NAB exec GARY FRIES said, "he touched money," a tribute to his business savvy, adding, "He was always the best -- except at golf."
ROGER is survived by his wife JEANINE and two children, WHITNEY and ALESIA.