Dr. Don Rose
Elected to the
Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame, 2006
EDITOR'S NOTE: Dr. Don Rose
passed away in 2005 at the age of 70. He was elected to
the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame in 2006 as a member of
the first class to be enshrined. His original Broadcast
Legends biography follows.
Noted radio researcher Bill Earl called
him "probably the greatest air talent in the country ...
ever!" In a career that lasted 33 years and 28 days, Dr.
Don was honored as "Disc Jockey of the Year," while both
on the East Coast (WFIL, Philadelphia) and the West
Coast (KFRC, San Francisco).
After four years at the University of
Nebraska (he majored in accounting!) Rose worked at
KOIL, Omaha; KTSA, San Antonio; and KRNY, Kearney, Neb.,
and with the same dismal result in each city: he was
It took several humiliating months to
get another job, but Rose ended up at KWMT, Fort Dodge,
Iowa, where his luck changed: he met his one and only
wife Kae, and by default, inherited the morning show.
("Did you wake up grouchy, or is she still in bed?")
Next Rose's career led him to Duluth,
Minnesota ("It's hard to be funny when it's 40 below ...
you look outside at your car and there's a dog frozen to
After five frigid years, he was off to
Atlanta ("I said, 'Where do you do your cotton pickin'?
And the boss said 'cotton pickin' what?"). Then came six
very successful years in Philadelphia ("I spent some of
my finest days in Philly. Vacations... weekends... sick
All of this set Dr. Don up for the
finest part of his career. In 1973 he landed the morning
show at KFRC in San Francisco, and what a run it was!
KFRC was voted "Station of the Year" four times by
Billboard Magazine, with Rose as anchor. His morning
program was #1 for a solid decade!
Dr. Don's 20 years of March of Dimes
Superwalks raised more than $10 million. He emceed a
myriad of golf tournaments, including his own, which
benefited Special Olympics and Special Education.
Rose was featured in "Who's Who In
California," and for more than a decade hosted Field
Communications TV cartoons in Chicago, Detroit and
Philadelphia, as well as San Francisco.
Rose is an avid sailor (longest sail: to
Hawaii, broadcasting all the way), and enjoys exploring,
traveling, movies, and making the best Caesar Salad West
of the Pekoes. He is active in church, enjoys Bible
study, and playing Scrabble and cribbage with Kae. He is
free to speak his mind, travel, and pursue real estate
Most of all he enjoys his family; Kae,
his wife of forty one years, his five children, their
four mates and nine grandchildren. The best is yet to
hear Dr. Don Rose in action on KFRC, please visit the
Bay Area Radio Museum, which has an extensive
archive of his broadcasts.