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Art Roberts

Art Roberts career dovetails nicely with the evolution of Rock and Roll. A native of New York City, Art attended Southeastern Louisiana University. Not only did he graduate from there in 1953, it's also the place where he met his wife to be. In the Summer of '53, Roberts began his successful journey in radio at KALT in Atlanta, Texas. One year later, he left that East Texas town for KTBB in Tyler. Art says 'M.E. Danborn was the manager...and my mentor'. In 1956, Art began to rock and roll at his first major market - Dallas, Texas. There, he worked for Gordon McLendon at KLIF 1190. Having received schooling in the innovative McLendon way, Art Roberts' career really began to take off. After about a year at KLIF, the family packed up and headed to Akron, Ohio for a stop at WCUE, plus a cup of coffee at WONE in Dayton. By late 1958, Roberts held the nighttime slot at 1520 WKBW in Buffalo. The 50,000 watt powerhouse was heard throughout the eastern and midwestern US. In 1961, a station in Chicago named WLS had just one year prior adopted the Top 40 format. 'LS heard about Art and hired him that year. Roberts stayed at WLS for more than a decade. He first handled the 9-Midnight shift, and then in later years worked elsewhere around the clock on Chicagoland's 89. During his tenure at WLS, Art Roberts worked with the likes of Larry Lujack, Ron Riley, and Jerry Kaye to name a few. WLS' Silver Dollar Survey was one of the most hit-laden charts of any Top 40 station in America. When the Beatles came to town, Art had a hand in the event. By 1972, Art began a series of moves which would take him to Milwaukee (WOKY/WBCS), San Francisco (KNBR/KNEW), San Antonio (KBUC/KXTN), another stop in Chicago (WKQX), and back to Dallas (KLUV). By the end of the 80's, Art had worked in all areas of the biz, including Sales and General Manager. In early 2002, Art passed away after suffering a series of strokes. He is survived by his wife and 5 grown children. His last active radio gig was in Reno, Nevada. To the end, Art was involved in consulting and marketing work on an occasional basis, and operated one of the internet's best radio web sites ( At the site, there were numerous testimonials from other radio greats who either worked with or were influenced by Art Roberts. It's a legacy that will endure for quite awhile.



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