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Lee Rodgers, Rest In Peace (KSFO, KGO conservative talk show host)
Melanie Morgan ^ | Melanie Morgan

Posted on 01/31/2013 8:24:36 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture

Lee Rodgers, Rest in Peace

Written by Melanie Morgan

I really don't want to write about this, I don't want to think about this, and I don't want it to be true.

Lee Rodgers, friend and mentor, is dead.

I owe everything that I have in my professional life to Lee Rodgers, who took me under his wing back in 1988 in the halycon days of KGO Radio.

Lee was a nighttime talk show host, a former rock and roll DJ, hired by my husband Jack Swanson. He hired him twice, in fact.

"Lee Rodgers was a real radio guy. He was remarkable. He worked very hard, didn't always play well with other children, but always made our industry proud," Swanson said.

Lee and I worked together at KSFO radio on the "Lee Rodgers and Melanie Morgan Show, with Officer Vic" (and Sheri Yee) for 14 years, but it was always the Lee Rodgers show, and we got to go along for the ride. Lee was demanding, brilliant, perfectionistic, generous, very very loyal and HUGELY entertaining. I learned my conservative principles from him. He helped mold and shape my politics and you can sometimes hear Lee speaking through me on the radio. I learned to capitalize entire words on paper from Lee, like HUGELY.

Lee Rodgers first and foremost was a devoted husband to Susan, his 'bride' as he called her. They were married for over 30 years, and were inescapably in love and twinned forever. I talked to Susie and she wants Lee's fans to know that he was completely dramatic until the very end.

"Lee had 110 people in the operating room, which he loved. He told the nurse before he went under that since he was naked, everyone else should be too."

Lee underwent a 13 hour operation for a heart by-pass, and Susie said he just couldn't pull through.

Lee used to say "when I leave this vale of tears, I want elephants, dancing women and marching bands." Instead, Lee's ashes will be spread among his favorite hills of Arizona, where he and Susie have lived for the past decade.

This is the part where I am supposed to write my final thoughts about Lee but there will always be a million unfinished thoughts about him. He will be with me and millions of radio fans forever. All I can do is cry and mourn the passing of a genius, a total professional and the damned funniest man I have ever known.

Lee would like the last comment the best.

Although the genius part is a close second.

Really close.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: kgo; ksfo; leerodgers; melaniemorgan; officervic; rodgers
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1 posted on 01/31/2013 8:24:50 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture
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To: Syncro; gaijin; Carry_Okie

ping...


2 posted on 01/31/2013 8:26:06 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture
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To: bootless

ping...


3 posted on 01/31/2013 8:26:46 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture
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To: CounterCounterCulture

Lee Rodgers was great. RIP.


4 posted on 01/31/2013 8:28:26 PM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: CounterCounterCulture

That is a very nice tribute.


5 posted on 01/31/2013 8:29:14 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: CounterCounterCulture

Along with Rush...

HE WAS THE GREATEST...!!!

I freaking LOVED that guy! A genius! He’d start his show-prep for his 5 am start from MIDNIGHT.

A workhorse, and extremely funny..!! Only Rush is on his level.

I’ve heard them all, and this guy WAS TOTALLY AMAZING..!!!

He’d respond to my email on a regular basis, too. GREAT GUY!!!

Very sad. :(

He and Mel -AMAZING TEAM....! (his replacement is a complete duffs)


6 posted on 01/31/2013 8:29:21 PM PST by gaijin
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To: CounterCounterCulture

Just damn. He was great.


7 posted on 01/31/2013 8:30:47 PM PST by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: CounterCounterCulture

A shame. Rest in Peace.


8 posted on 01/31/2013 8:31:45 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: CounterCounterCulture

RIP Lee Rodgers.


9 posted on 01/31/2013 8:32:00 PM PST by skeeter
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To: gaijin

He grew up poor as hell in Tennesee, and he was a pilot. A world traveler...

He was cantankerous but funny, and when he did any interview he knew the guests background cold and his book solidly —none of that Larry King, “I didn’t read your book..”-b.s.

Just sharp as a whip, that guy. Very, very principled.

He was the salt, and Mel was the sugar —an amazing team.


10 posted on 01/31/2013 8:34:08 PM PST by gaijin
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To: CounterCounterCulture

Lee was terrific, RIP Lee


11 posted on 01/31/2013 8:35:15 PM PST by WonkyTonky
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To: CounterCounterCulture

I used to wake up to Lee and Melanie when they were on KSFO. They were great. May he rest in peace.


12 posted on 01/31/2013 8:37:14 PM PST by aquila48
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To: CounterCounterCulture

When they let him go, I tried to find him his next gig —only now can I see the full picture, and why he might have suddenly gone, back then.

When he quit, I stopped listening to morning drive —it was never the same without him.

I’m SO SORRY to hear this. I just forwarded to a bunch of people.


13 posted on 01/31/2013 8:37:18 PM PST by gaijin
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To: CounterCounterCulture

RIP Uncle Ree!

There are few radio personalities in his league.. and even fewer worth listening to since he left the air.

I can hear him now, joking about his travels. He is and will be missed.


14 posted on 01/31/2013 8:39:04 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: gaijin

He was the greatest. KGO went downhill after he was no longer there. A man of substance. He was a no nonsense interviewer.


15 posted on 01/31/2013 8:39:14 PM PST by notaliberal (Democraps denied God thrice!)
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To: notaliberal

Not KGO—KSFO!!!!!!!!!!


16 posted on 01/31/2013 8:41:57 PM PST by notaliberal (Democraps denied God thrice!)
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To: gaijin

He was a real A-Hole-but I loved him.


17 posted on 01/31/2013 8:41:57 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET
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To: gaijin

One of the more odd interviews... The infamous Turkey Tugger interview...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XO19VncInYo


18 posted on 01/31/2013 8:43:30 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture
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To: CounterCounterCulture

Wow! That is a real loss. He was one of the last who was a true journalist. He obviously prepared for every interview, and asked insightful and probing questions of his guests. He didn’t let people slide with B.S. answers.

He was one of the few things I missed leaving California.

God speed Lee Rogers.


19 posted on 01/31/2013 8:44:38 PM PST by Empire_of_Liberty
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A few Lee-isms...

“We are soooooooo screwed.”
“What is wronnnng with you people?”


20 posted on 01/31/2013 8:45:21 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture
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To: notaliberal

They BOTH went downhill. :-)


21 posted on 01/31/2013 8:46:16 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture
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To: CounterCounterCulture

Damn. He was a GREAT talk show host.


22 posted on 01/31/2013 8:54:08 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable Tyranny)
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To: CounterCounterCulture

RIP Lee. My morning drive buddies for many years. Was never the same without him.


23 posted on 01/31/2013 9:02:22 PM PST by bayareablues
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To: CounterCounterCulture

RIP Lee...you ALWAYS made my drive into work every morning well worth it. You will be sorely missed my friend.

Prayers and condolences to wife Susan and everyone else that’s been affected.


24 posted on 01/31/2013 9:02:48 PM PST by Kevin in California
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To: CounterCounterCulture

My favorite grumpy old man. He told it like it was and took no prisoners.


25 posted on 01/31/2013 9:16:41 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: notaliberal

Um, he was on KGO before he was on KSFO.


26 posted on 01/31/2013 9:38:46 PM PST by Politicalmom (Liberalism. Ideas so great they have to be mandatory.-FReeper Osage Orange)
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To: Politicalmom

Yes, I know he was on KGO. I listened to him on both stations, but my initial comment I meant to say KSFO.


27 posted on 01/31/2013 9:43:29 PM PST by notaliberal (Democraps denied God thrice!)
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To: notaliberal

Sorry, I didn’t realize you were yelling at yourself. :p


28 posted on 01/31/2013 9:49:58 PM PST by Politicalmom (Liberalism. Ideas so great they have to be mandatory.-FReeper Osage Orange)
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To: CounterCounterCulture
I picked up Lee and Mel on KSFO right after their return from Seattle. They became my wake up call every morning. An irascible curmudgeon, Lee was always right in his predictions about politicians and said, "never put your faith in a politician, they will always break your heart". His passing is our loss.
29 posted on 01/31/2013 9:58:55 PM PST by Baynative (I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I can't put it down.)
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To: CounterCounterCulture

Lee Rodgers, Dan Sorkin, Coyle and Sharpe.
Great radio in SF.


30 posted on 01/31/2013 10:01:41 PM PST by alpo (What would Selco do?)
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To: CounterCounterCulture; nickcarraway; NormsRevenge
I'll never forget when I called the show once, and Lee stopped the usual pace just to let me talk. He knew I had something. He was that kind of person. Perceptive, committed, and still entertaining. There was something magical about the trio with Melanie Morgan and Officer Vic, but it was obviously so expensive something had to give.

When KGO wouldn't renew Lee Rodgers' contract, I haven't listened to the pompous idiot who replaced him since. Not once.

31 posted on 01/31/2013 10:07:54 PM PST by Carry_Okie (Islam offers us choices: convert or kill, submit or die.)
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To: Baynative
From RedState.com:

" On Thursday morning, February 18th, with one minute left of his popular San Francisco Bay Area early morning talk show on KSFO 560-AM, veteran radio host and dedicated conservative, Lee Rodgers, received his pink slip without warning for refusing to. “…say nice things about Muslims.”

Over the 15 years that Rodgers was morning host, he was famous for not suffering fools gladly and holding firmly to conservative principles. He repeatedly stated that the last, true President of the United States concerned with the actual welfare of America was Ronald Reagan and that the Islamic nation building conducted under President Bush II was a disastrous waste of American manpower and money. Rodgers advocated secure borders, reported on Islamic terrorism, cultural jihad and creeping sharia within the USA, and repeatedly hammered on the Obama Administration over its gross incompetence, corruption, conflicts of interest, bailouts and willful shredding of the Constitution.


32 posted on 01/31/2013 10:08:28 PM PST by Baynative (I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I can't put it down.)
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33 posted on 01/31/2013 10:13:35 PM PST by Baynative (I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I can't put it down.)
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To: CounterCounterCulture

ANother good one.....May the angels sing him home. He will be sorely missed


34 posted on 01/31/2013 10:43:08 PM PST by Nifster
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To: CounterCounterCulture
darn it!

back in the 90s and early 2000s i listened to Lee, Melanie and Officer Vic every morning on my way to work...

35 posted on 01/31/2013 10:57:08 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: scripter

ping


36 posted on 01/31/2013 10:58:19 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: CounterCounterCulture; Carry_Okie; NormsRevenge; notaliberal
"Never fall in love with a politician... They'll break your heart everytime!" Lee Rodgers...

May God rest your cranky old soul... we've all missed you and now you've really left without us!!!

37 posted on 01/31/2013 11:34:17 PM PST by SierraWasp (Mark Twain said: "It's easier to fool someone than to convince them they've been fooled!!!)
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To: CounterCounterCulture

I am so sorry to hear this.

Our Republic needs people like Mr. Rodgers, more than at any time in our history.

Please don’t let his message be lost.


38 posted on 01/31/2013 11:34:33 PM PST by hedgetrimmer
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To: CounterCounterCulture

Prayers offered up for Lee Rodgers and his family.

Thank you CCC for posting this tribute.


39 posted on 01/31/2013 11:54:18 PM PST by Diver Dave (Because He Lives, I Can Face Tomorrow)
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To: Empire_of_Liberty

He was one of the few things I missed leaving California.


Same for me. I listened on the web sometimes while being relocated 2600 miles away after leaving the left coast.


40 posted on 02/01/2013 4:40:18 AM PST by bytesmith
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To: Politicalmom

Used to enjoy listening to Lee kick that pretend-catholic pervert’s butt on KGO way back when. He was way ahead of the curve on that guy, as well.


41 posted on 02/01/2013 6:15:03 AM PST by skeeter
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To: CounterCounterCulture

We left the Bay Area in 1998 but thankfully the internet brought Lee Rodgers to us online. I would go out to our dial up computer early every morning and listen faithfully to KSFO. I would often email Lee and he always replied.

What a loss.

And by the way Mr. Sussman. You’re no Lee Rodgers


42 posted on 02/01/2013 6:33:35 AM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: skeeter

Lee is with the angels, that pretend Catholic pervert is where he belongs, too.


43 posted on 02/01/2013 6:37:29 AM PST by Baynative (I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I can't put it down.)
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To: Utah Binger

Gotta agree, the morning show now makes me wince at times.


44 posted on 02/01/2013 7:24:45 AM PST by skeeter
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To: skeeter

I stopped listening to KSFO. Doing WMAL now.


45 posted on 02/01/2013 7:44:51 AM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: CounterCounterCulture

Too bad Lee could not have seen the US come back to greatness. BOzo was probably too much for his ailing heart. He was one of the best.


46 posted on 02/01/2013 7:52:09 AM PST by jetson
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To: CounterCounterCulture

Wow, how sad.

What a great loss to mankind, Lee was da man


47 posted on 02/01/2013 8:49:23 AM PST by Syncro ("So?" - Andrew Breitbart The King of All Media (RIP Feb 1, 1969 – Mar 1, 2012)
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Remembering Lee Rodgers

“I represent the spirit of free enterprise. I’m a no-holds-barred capitalist,” said Lee Rodgers in his characteristically brash, up front style. Known as the “open-line king” during the 10 years he was a host on KGO Radio in San Francisco, and moved to KSFO 560, where he hosted a weekday morning show with Melanie Morgan until 2010.

A passionate believer in the American Dream, Rodgers said, “It’s almost impossible for anybody to begin life in lower circumstances than I did (admittedly without racial handicap). I figure that if you observe the wisdom in the words ‘deferred gratification,’ and are willing to work your butt off, this society, with all its faults, offers you the opportunity to succeed. That’s the starting point.”

Rodgers was always been primed to succeed. He was born and raised in poverty near Memphis, Tennessee, lost part of a leg at age 13 working in timber industry and then spent years living in different parts of the United States. A self-described part-time coach, referee, catalyst and provocateur, he began his broadcasting career at WIND in 1963 as a disc jockey and sportscaster, followed by stints with radio stations in ST. Louis, Miami and Chicago.

After 10 years with KGO, Rodgers went north to KIRO radio in Seattle. One year later, he returned to the Bay Area where “the most interesting and spirited dialogue in talk radio takes place.” He believed, “Even with good guests, it’s the simulation of the callers that makes the show.”

He spent over 25 years broadcasting from San Francisco and continued making his voice heard even off the air through his blog at radiorodgers.com. His last blog entry was on January 28, 2013, two days before his death.

Certainly Rodgers show was spirited. With lines like “A conservative is a liberal who got mugged last night,” and “it’s my mission in my life to educate the heathen,” he took pot shots of government, liberalism and all aspects of American culture while championing rampant free enterprise. No one was safe from critical review as long as Lee Rodgers was on KSFO!

http://www.ksfo560.com/common/page.php?pt=Remembering+Lee+Rodgers&id=2681&is_corp=0


48 posted on 02/01/2013 9:25:24 AM PST by CounterCounterCulture
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To: CounterCounterCulture

RIP.


49 posted on 02/01/2013 9:49:10 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: CounterCounterCulture
Lee Rodgers' Blog.

-PJ

50 posted on 02/01/2013 9:55:08 AM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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