75 Years King of Radio, Bob Rogers, Talks To Greg Poppleton


Bob Rogers is an iconic Australian radio and TV broadcaster.

He has been in radio 75 years.

Tonight Bob interviewed me. 1920s-30s Band website www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

Bob Rogers at 2SM Radio
Bob Rogers at 2SM Radio

We talked about my  latest  album of songs from the 1920s and 1930s, ‘Back In Your Own Backyard’, now at Bandcamp / CDBaby / iTunes.

Bob played two tracks from the album. It’s rare, and a great honour, for an independent jazz band to be played on Sydney commercial radio, let alone by Australia’s radio legend.

backyard-full1920s - 1930s songs on Back In Your Own Backyard by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters-front
The fourth album of 1920s – 1930s songs on Back In Your Own Backyard by Greg Poppleton. Available at Bandcamp / CDBaby / iTunes

Back in 2012, Bob Rogers played  my entire ‘Doin’ The Charleston’ album of songs from the 1920s and 1930s.

That album has a version of the iconic 1920s song, The Charleston, and a version of the equally iconic 1920s Australian song, ‘Road to Gundagai‘. (Album now on Bandcamp / CDBaby / iTunes).

The second album of 1920s - 1930s songs by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, Doin' The Charleston.
The second album of 1920s – 1930s songs by Greg Poppleton, Doin’ The Charleston. Available now at Bandcamp / CDBaby / iTunes

Bob Rogers began radio as a panel operator on 3XY Melbourne in 1942. His first DJ show was in Hobart a few years later. He then went to Brisbane and made a hit of Slim Dusty’s ‘Pub With No Beer’.

He presented Australia’s first Top 40 show on Sydney’s 2UE from 1958 to 1962 and was Australia’s top radio DJ for the next 8 years.

In 1962 he joined 2SM Sydney which jumped to number 1.

In 1964 Rogers was chosen to represent 2SM on The Beatles’ tour through Europe, Asia and Australia. Rogers became known as the Fifth Beatle.

He returned to 2UE and presented his morning radio show with a new format of provocative commentary, gossip and music. His programme became the go-to interview show for Australian and international celebrities including Frank Sinatra.

The Bob Rogers Show, a late night TV variety show, ran for five years on the Seven Network.

In November 1995, Rogers joined Sydney radio station 2CH.

According to the Nielsen radio ratings survey, Bob Rogers’ Morning show became the fourth most heard radio programme in Sydney in that particular time slot – no mean feat for an easy listening station in Sydney to achieve a greater audience share than a talkback station.

His Saturday 2CH show is rated No. 1 in Sydney.

Bob Rogers with The Beatles.
Bob Rogers with The Beatles.

Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer with band. To book, contact Tony Jex at OzManagement

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