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Cliff Rodgers
Born:  February 27, 1916
Died:  June 10, 1982
WCBS Springfield, IL
WHKK Akron, OH
WTAX Springfield, IL

About The Artist

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

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Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

Rec. No. Side Song Title
  No Number A Will Ya or Won't Cha
  No Number B Harbor Of Broken Dreams

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