The first mention we found of Kentucky native, Cliff Rogers, was on the cover of an old
Jamboree Magazine from November 1948. Back then, he had been in radio
for some 15 years.
Cliff started off as a cowboy and singer who played the guitar over
radio station WTAX out of Springfield, Illinois. From that point on,
he had tried his hand at various radio duties such as copywriting,
newscasting, announcing and anything in between.
He went into the army in 1943 was promptly given an assignment
with a specal service company. He organized a Western Show that
toured the European Theater of Operations for nearly two years.
When he got his discharge from the service, his career took him
to radio station WHKK in Akron, Ohio where he started as a staff
announcer and eventually organizing two daily shows.
He had two daily shows over WHKK in Akron. First there was
"Cliff's Morning Jamboree" that was on from 6:00am to 6:55am. Then
there was "Melody Roundup" that aired from 2:15pm to 2:45pm.
Jamboree magazine noted that it was rare for any disc jockey to achieve
a bit of national fame, but if they 'had what it takes', they could
certainly be popular in their regional broadcast areas. They said Cliff
was an example of those hundreds of dj's who were out there pitching
and promoting what was starting to be then called "American Folk Music".
And so, they dedicated that issue to him and all the other "Folk Music"
disc jockeys across the land.
Credits & Sources
- Jamboree Magazine; November 1948;
Western Song Club; Ventura, CA