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Dr. Don Rose
 

'When you see a man who's skilled in his business, he shall stand before kings'. To paraphrase Proverbs 22:29 from the Book of Books, Dr. Donald D. Rose was certainly one of the more talented DJ's in the history of radio. We don't know how often he met up with royalty, but Don himself was 'King' of the ratings for decades in several major markets during the golden years of Top 40 radio. The Nebraska native began his journey through radio land in 1956 at one of the original Top 40 stations, KOIL in Omaha. For the rest of the 50's, Don spent time at KTSA in San Antonio and KRNY in Kearney, Nebraska. By 1960, the Doctor found another station...and a wife. While at KWMT in Fort Dodge, Iowa he met a lovely young lady named Kae who remained by his side for the rest of his days. It was also while at KWMT that Rose took over the morning show. That's where he began to blossom. In 1962, Don headed north to Duluth, Minnesota for a gig at WEBC. There he perfected the one-liners, puns, and sound effects that would entertain listeners for the next couple of decades. In 1967, it was on to warmer climes as the Peachtree State came a callin'. WQXI ('Quixie in Dixie') saw Dr. Don tear up the town. A sample of his work has been available for years on Ron Jacobs' popular series of 'Cruisin' albums (Cruisin' 67'). In 1972, a few guys broke into the Watergate hotel and Rose broke into Philadelphia at Famous 56 WFIL. He was only there for a year, but stayed long enough to receive the first of 2 'Disc Jockey of the Year' awards from Billboard Magazine. In 1973, Dr. Don moved to the Bay Area of Northern California. 61 KFRC was the 'epicenter' of Rose's belly-shaking antics each morning. He was so popular that he reportedly became the first DJ to propel KFRC into double-digit ratings in San Francisco. He was perennially number #1!. Rose stayed at KFRC for 15 years. In 1988, he left to work at KKIS. In '89, to KIOI. From there, to retirement. On March 29, 2005, Dr. Don Rose passed away from pneumonia. Sailing was a passion of his, and the Doctor enjoyed traveling. He was also active in his church and enjoyed Bible Study. Interestingly enough, Rose appeared on air at KFRC one week before his passing. He commented during that interview, 'May the Lord bless you on your way in and on your way out.' Suffice to say, his life fulfilled that creed. That recorded statement was played throughout a tribute to Rose broadcast the day following his passing on KFRC in San Francisco.

  

 
     

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