Miami News February 2, 1977 by Morton Lucoff
Homosexual Rights, Petitions Not Certified, Robert Blake
** MAS was interviewed by Radio Ink in January 2014 regarding the NEIL Audio Restoration Project. The interview was never published and the “reporter” never returned his follow up emails. Here is the interview assembled from that email thread. **
RI: Who’s behind keeping the memory of Neal alive? Why?
MAS: FYI it is spelled NEIL, not Neal.
The community of those of us keeping the memories of Neil Rogers alive are on the The Neil Rogers Facebook group. Members of the group not only include fans that listened to Neil throughout his 33 year career in Miami, but the group also includes people that worked with Neil.
The audio restoration project was a result of a few things. First was when Neil’s webmaster Eric Harold died. He ran the NeilRogers.com site by himself. I knew that it was just a matter of time before the site would go dark, so I collected all the audio I could from the site. I also used archive.org to grab as many shows as possible from different snapshots taken of the site going back 10 years.
Once we had this audio, at first it was placed on a file sharing site for download. Others stepped forward with more audio to share. Then YouTube announced it would not longer cap uploads to 15 minutes. At that point all the shows went up in their entirety. That attracted more fans, several of which had more audio to share.
The project started with 60 shows from 1999 and now has over 1,700 shows going back to 1987. As more people find the shows, I expect more audio will be located and shared.
RI: How many people engage in all of this?
MAS: On an average month the videos on YouTube get 15,000 views. In 2013, over 2.5 million minutes were listened to just on YouTube. This doesn’t include MP3 downloads. The Facebook group has over 1,600 members.
RI: What feedback do you get?
MAS: People love discovering old Neil Rogers shows that were assumed to have been lost forever. I myself can listen to shows broadcasted years before I discovered the show.
RI: In addition to those who believed Neal was a great broadcaster, there were many others who say he was the meanest person they ever met. What are your thoughts on that?
MAS: I never met NEIL, so I can’t answer that question.
RI: How long do you plan to keep this going?
MAS: When Eric Harold died there was no backup procedure in place. I also saw how the Bob Lassiter fans were left hanging when the Airchecks site lost all their audio. I made sure that wouldn’t happen with the Neil Rogers Audio Restoration Project. We have a document shared to core individuals with accounts, passwords and detailed instructions on what to do should any of us ever step away away from the project. Also all the shows are backed up in at least 5 places – not counting downloads – so there is almost zero risk of audio loss.
In the mid 1980s a young man, while still in high school, began sending out a newsletter to various talk hosts. He was one of the most prolific crank callers in the Miami market, and managed to befriend some of the board ops. He was able to get inside information about the talk stations. Neil dubbed him Fruit Cake, and the moniker stuck.
Below are comprehensive notes on video clips related to south Florida radio in the Wolfson Archives.
|Date||Number/Name||Number and Title||Notes|
|1977-03-01||061 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES||44. AL SUNSHINE REPORT ON PRESIDENT CARTER’S NATIONAL PHONE CALLS; CARRIED BY RADIO STATION, WKAT; LAKE WORTH MAN JERRY WILDMAN GETS CALL IN; (SIL) WALTER CRONKITE.||Starts ~56 minutes. Footage of Neil, but no audio.|
|1981-04-27||352 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES||26. NISSENSON SERIES PART I “BEHIND THE MIKE”; SOUTH FLORIDA DISC JOCKEYS; ALAN BURKE, WINZ TALKS SHOW HOST(SOT).||Starts 29:36 Alan Burke on WINZ|
|1981-04-30||353 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES||22. NISSENSON SERIES PART 7 ? BEHIND THE MIKE”; NEIL ROGERS, WNWS TALK SHOW HOST||Starts 33:32 #10 ROBERT HALL, #30 DOUG CARIK AND PRODUCER ED TYLL|
|1987-05-01||354 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES||8. NISSENSON SERIES “BEHIND THE MIKE” PART 10; CAPTAIN JOHN FORSYTHE, WQAM; COMIC ROUTINE; HOST CHANNEL 6 NIGHTOWL MOVI||Starts 8:50|
|1981-05-02||354 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES||14. NISSENSON “BEHIND THE MIKE” PART 11; SNADY (sic) PAYTON WINZ; (SOT); TALK HOST||Starts 18:31 Sandy was actually on WIOD|
|1981-05-02||354 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES||18. NISSENSON “BEHIND THE MIKE” SERIES PART 12; HANK GOLDBERG AND SONNY HIRSCH, SPORT ANNOUNCERS WIOD.||Starts 24:55|
|1981-09-22||396 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES||43. BOGERT; WNWS PROGRAM DIRECTOR JERRY WILLIAMS (SOT) ABOUT ROBBERY BY 3 GUNMEN; SHOT DISC JOKEY NEIL ROGERS SHOTS ON AIR; JERRY WICHNER TALK SHOW HOST||Starts 53:25|
|1983-11-07||652 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES||5. MINTON; MIAMI MAYORAL CANDIDATES DEBATE WINZ HOST BILL BAYER; XAVIER SUAREZ, MICHAEL SIMONHOFF, MAURICE FERRE AND EDUARDO LAMBERT ALL (SOT); CONFRONTATION BETWEEN BAYER AND LAMBERT||Starts 04:47|
|1983-11-16||655 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES||16. CARTER PARTS 1 & 2 RADIO MATCHING DATING AND MATING; “LOVE IS IN THE AIR”; WNWS; CALLS COME IN TO NEIL ROGERS||Part 1 21:22 Part 2 46:11|
|1983-11-18||656 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES||10. CARTER PART 3 “LOVE ON THE AIR”; DATING OR MATING WNWS; NEIL ROGERS||Starts 14:51|
|1984-05-07||713 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES||6. PUTNEY; PART I SERIES RADIO WARS; NINA COHEN, ADMINISTRATOR EXECUTIVE; STANLEY J. COHEN, GENERAL MANAGER WINZ; DAVID GINGOLD, PRESIDENT BITCH RADIO RATING (ALL SOT).||Starts 8:51|
|1984-05-08||713 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES||23. PUTNEY; PART II RADIO WARS; DON COX I-95; ROBERT WALKER, Y 100 PROGRAM DIRECTOR; GEORGE RUDOLPH, WLYF; SONNY FOX; Y 100 AND VOICEOVER RON HERSEY (SOT) MIMICS RENICK (SOT).||Starts 33:50|
|1984-05-09||714 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES||1. PUTNEY PART III RADIO WARS; FOLLOWING (SOT); SAM ROSENBLATT, GENERAL MANAGER WTMI; NINA COHEN, ADMINISTRATOR EXECUTIVE; LEE FOWLER, WGBS OPINIONS MANAGEMENT, BARBARA STUDLEY, WNWS; NEIL ROGERS, WINZ AND STANLEY COHEN, GENERAL MANAGER WINZ.||Starts 30 seconds|
|1984-05-10||714 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES||14. PUTNEY; PART IV RADIO WARS SERIES; SAM ROSENBLATT, GENERAL MANAGER WTMI; DENNIS COLLINS, GENERAL MANAGER WLYF; NINA COHEN, ADMINISTRATOR EXECUTIVE; DEAN GOODMAN, GENERAL MANAGER WLVE (ALL SOT).||Starts 22:51|
|1984-05-11||715 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES||15. PUTNEY PT V RADIO WARS SERIES||Starts 17:55 WKPX, and WDNA|
|Summer of 1985||Summer of ’85: Not the Kind of Jam You Want, On Toast or Radio||This WTVJ clip is interesting in itself, and it also offers a glimpse of Miami talk radio thirty years ago.. We hear from Neil Rogers (on-air and in a sound bite!) and get a taste of Tom Leykis’ show, which in 1985 was nothing like the show Leykis has today.||Story is about Castro jamming WINZ, and WNWS.|
|1986-10-30||B00276 — NEWSTAPE||3) ANGRY NEIL ROGERS, RADIO HOST SPEAKS, CASINO GAMBLING; 1986/10/30||Starts 1:16|
|1987-03-07||B00456 — NEWSTAPE||3) NEIL ROGERS; 1987/03/07 (01:41)||Starts 1:33 Live at Hallandale Mall|
|1987-04-17||B00506 — NEWSTAPE||11. Katrina Daniel reporting with reactions from Neil Rogers (WINZ), and Don Cox (WPOW) regarding the new FCC regulations. WTVJ||Starts 13:55 You can almost see Klye Isley|
|1987-04-22||B00513 — NEWSTAPE||4. NEIL ROGERS; 1987/04/22 (03:07)||Starts 3:07|
|1987-08-10||B00655||12. POPE DEMONSTRATION, NEIL ROGERS, POPE MOBILE;1987/09/10 (19:23) (not digitized)||Not digitized|
|1987-10-08||B00697 — NEWSTAPE||12. NEIL ROGERS;1987/10/08 (21:32)||Starts 21:12 short clip of 10/3/87 show (see the pic with G Michael McKay)|
|1989-10-27||B01886 — NEWSTAPE||7. NEIL ROGERS; 1989/10/27 (07:40)||Starts 7:37 short about FCC fines|
|1985-11-06||MON0927 — MONTAGE RAW FOOTAGE: NEIL ROGERS; OPEN LINE, THE RADIO WTVJ||1 – MON0927.mp4 NEIL ROGERS||Shot in WINZ studio on Friday Nov. 1, 1985 ~16 min. Talking about the upcoming election on Tuesday Nov 5|
|1985-11-06||MON0969 — MONTAGE RAW FOOTAGE: NEIL ROGERS ON THE RADIO WTVJ||1 – MON0969.mp4 WINZ 94, HE’S GIVING A SPEECH NEIL ROGERS||Shot in WINZ studio on Friday Nov. 1, 1985 ~18 min. Part of the 9PM hour. Neil is pissed off that the callers have not reposnded to the topics he brought up, except for a few call about the election.|
|MON0928 WTVJ||MONTAGE RAW FOOTAGE: NEIL ROGERS; OPEN LINE, THE RADIO (not digitized)||Not digitized|
|1985-10-23||MON0968 — MONTAGE RAW FOOTAGE: NEIL ROGERS ON THE RADIO WTVJ||1 – MON0968.mp4 (MEN IN A STADIUM, HOUSES.) NEIL ROGERS Shot at Calder Race Course on Oct. 23 1985. First 2 races, Bill Calder is hiding because of the TV cameras. No air date||Shot at Calder Race Course on Oct. 23 1985. First 2 races, Bill Calder is hiding because of the TV cameras. No air date|
|1986-06-22||MON1244 — MONTAGE RAW FOOTAGE: NEWS WATCH #169 FREEDOM OF SPEECH||1 – MON1244.mp4 GUESTS: STATE SENATOR JACK GORDON, TERE ZUBIZARREA; F.A.C.E. (FACTS ABOUT CUBAN EXILES), TOMAS REGALADO; WQBA-AM, NEIL ROGERS; WINZ-AM.||Hour long Sunday morning new show hosted by Michael Putney Channel 10 WPLG. Wide ranging discussion about Cuban politics, talk radio, and freedom of speech. Are the rules different in Miami? You can hear the lively discussions during the breaks.|
|1986-05-25||MON0264 — MONTAGE: SHOW #257B AND #258A||SHOW #258A: MIAMI BEACH: DEAD OR ALIVE? BRUCE SINGER AGAINST CASINO GAMBLING ON MIAMI BEACH. RADIO HOST NEIL RODGERS FOR IT. THEY CHALLENGE EACH OTHER TO SEE IF REPORTER ILEANA BRAVO CAN HAVE A GOOD TIME ON A FRIDAY NIGHT.||Starts 29:20 Segment ~7 min. Shots of Neil Roger’s show on May 23, 1986 reacting to Bruce, and Ileana taking a tour of the beach. This was a good idea for a show, all they needed were cell phones.|
|1997-12-30||PLG00881 — WPLG NEWSTAPE: NEIL ROGERS 1 OF 2||1. NEIL ROGERS HOST OF A WQAM-560 AM RADIO SHOW IS INTERVIEWED.||Neil’s debut on WQAM. ~19 minutes|
|1997-12-30||PLG00882 — WPLG NEWSTAPE: NEIL ROGERS 2 OF 2||1. NEIL ROGERS, HOST OF WQAM, INTERVIEWED BY REPORTER AT WQAM STUDIOS COMMENTS ABOUT BEING BACK ON AIR; SPONTANEITY AND SENSE OF HUMOR IN HIS SHOW; SPEAKS ABOUT BEING GAY||Neil being interviewed by Channel 10 reporter Tiffany Woods on Neil’s first day on WQAM. ~ 8 minutes|
|1986-11-10||PLG00921 — WPLG NEWSTAPE: TALK RADIO||THE “RADIO WARS” – AN EYEWITNESS NEWS EXTRA. IT RAN NOV. 10-14, 1986. HOSTS INCLUDE NEIL ROGERS, STEVE KANE, AL RANTEL, SANDY PAYTON, ALLEN BURKE, LEE FOWLER, AND TOMAS REGALADO.|
|1986-11-10||PLG07627 — WPLG NEWSTAPE: NEIL ROGERS||Raw footage shot for PLG00921 various hosts|
|1986-11-10||PLG07628 — WPLG NEWSTAPE: NEIL ROGERS||Raw footage shot for PLG00921 ~9 minutes of Neil being interviewed|
|1992-01-30||PLG00929 — WPLG NEWSTAPE: NEIL ROGERS||1. [START: 00:17:20] POPULAR RADIO PERSONALITY ARRESTED; IN FRONT OF HOME OF NEIL ROGERS TRYING TO SPEAK WITH HIM, KNOCK ON DOOR; MUG SHOT OF NEIL ROGERS; GAYETY BURLESQUE THEATER LOUNGE STORE FRONT AND ENTRANCE; MANAGER, MR. DISNEY, AND ATTORNEY SPEAKING TO PRESS ABOUT NEIL BEING ARRESTED FOR INDECENT EXPOSURE IN THEATER; NEIL IS OUT ON BAIL AND DENIES CHARGES; NO PLAN TO PULL NEIL OFF AIR; 610 WIOD NEWS AND TALK RADIO; INTERVIEW WITH MIAMI BEACH POLICE CHIEF ON THE CASE ABOUT TWO POLICE OFFICERS ARRESTING MAN, WHO IDENTIFIED HIMSELF AS NEIL ROGERS, WHO EXPOSED GENITALS AND MASTURBATING DURING A ROUTINE PERIODIC CHECK [END: 00:27:14]|
|1981-09-22||397 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES||4. LIVE EYE; BOGERT; WNWS RADIO, PROGRAM DIRECTOR JERRY WILLIAMS ROBBED BY THREE GUNMEN; WILLIAMS (SOT). 9/22/1981 Starts 2:38||Nick Bogert reporting about the robbery of Jerry Williams at the WNWS studio.|
|1979-05-21||196 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES||9. LIVE: TAX REVOLT DEBATE WKAT RADIO’S BILL SMITH; HARRY WILSON AND ROBERT FLOYD (SOT); FIRST PART STORY GROUP CONCERNED CITIZENS AGAINST CHAOS MEET OMNI COORDINATE COUNTY DRIVE.||Starts 11:18|
|Summer of 1984||Summer Of ’84: Talk Radio WTVJ||The shooting death of Denver talk show host Alan Berg prompted this pair of reports from Miami’s WTVJ, aired in June 1984, which should provoke radio nostalgia for longtime radio listeners.||Featuring Tom Leykis, with short shots of Alan Burke, Sandy Paton, and Neil Rogers.|
|1989-01-31||B01410 — NEWSTAPE||18. TALK RADIO; 1989/01/31 (24:59)||Starts 24:55 About the movie “Talk Radio”, includes footage of Steve Kane, and Debbie Ellis.|
|1978-04-18||030 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES||11. IKE SEAMANS REPORT ON WIOD RADIO PERSONALITY BILL CALDER (SOT) ; AND ON THE AIR.||Starts 14:15 Bill Calder doing his Sunday music show on WIOD, and he is doing it for free.|
|1984-06-19||729 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES||5. CBS; ABOUT MURDER TALK SHOW HOST IN DENVER; ALAN BERG; SCENE; HIM ON 60 MINUTES.||Starts 5:37|
|1984-06-19||729 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES||12. SAULSBY; TALK SHOW; SANDY PAYTON, WIOD AND JOEL DAY WIOD GENERAL MANAGER (BOTH SOT) REACTION ALAN BERG MURDER.||Starts 13:36|
|1984-06-19||729 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES||18. TRANK; RADIO HOSTS; TOM LEYKIS, WNWS RADIO (SOT) (ALAN BERG MURDER).||Starts 20:31 short shot and mention of Neil|
|1984-06-19||SVVN0297 — LIVE SHOTS #9||1) WILLIAMS: TALK SHOW MURDER / STEVE KANE||Starts 1:27 Steve Kane on WNWS|
|1986-07-22||B00159 — NEWSTAPE||1) SEX ON RADIO||Starts 00:21 Marilyn Volker on WVCG doing a sex show|
|1987-05-04||B00530 — NEWSTAPE||2. MIAMI HERALD, GARY HART FLAP, BIDEN HAS NO COMMENT, LOCAL RADIO SPEAKS OUT, HERALD OFFICAL INTERVIEWED||Starts 01:17 Remarks from Al Rantel|
|1993-12-08||PLG11741 — WPLG NEWSTAPE: RON AND RON||Controversy over their live appearance at the Hard Rock Cafe over the name of the band “Dead German Tourists”.||Live on WZTA, and an interview after the show. Ron and Ron|
|unknown||MON0742 — MONTAGE RAW FOOTAGE: RADIO STATION||LOVE 94 IN STUDIO; SHOTS OF EVERYDAY PROGRAMMING. With Dave Caprita, and Irene Richard.||See Dave Caprita on Love 94|
|circa 1985||MON0966 — MONTAGE RAW FOOTAGE: DON COX ON THE RADIO PART 1||PROMO, START UPS, ROCK LYRICS. DON COX ON THE RADIO AMY HUGGINS REPORTING||Don Cox on I-95 WINZ FM The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) was an American committee formed in 1985 with the stated goal of increasing parental control over the access of children to music deemed to be violent, have drug use or be sexual via labeling albums with Parental Advisory stickers.|
|circa 1985||MON0967 — MONTAGE RAW FOOTAGE: DON COX ON THE RADIO PART 2||MORE OF MON0966|
|1987-09-10||PLG01572 — WPLG NEWSTAPE||AM vs FM music radio||Featuring Big Wilson, Robert W. Walker, and Rich Shaw|
|Nov 1995||PLG01871 — WPLG NEWSTAPE||Al Rantel on WFTL talking about raising taxes for the schools||Starts 14:08 Al is having a bad hair day|
|1985-06-18||X265 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE||2. Talk Radio||Starts 1:10 unknown host on WNWS|
|1985-07-16||X286 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE||5. RADIO MANAGER Starts 4:48 Shirley Peters, Steve Kane, Bev Smith, and Alan Burke, WGBS bought WNWS||Starts 4:48 Shirley Peters, Bev Smith, and Alan Burke, WGBS bought WNWS|
|1985-07-16||X288 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE||5. RADIO MERGER||Starts 4:34 Shirley Peters, Bev Smith, and Alan Burke, WGBS bought WNWS|
|1979-05-08||175 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES||4. GAS CRISIS; WQAM ASKS LISTENERS TO CALL IN NAMES FOR TELEGRAM TO WHITE HOUSE ABOUT GAS SITUATION; TOM BIRCH, CAPTAIN JOHN FORSYTHE AND DAVE RYDER, NEWS DIRECTOR ALL (SOT).||Starts 05:15 (previous clip Bob Mayer on restaurants)|
|1977-06-02||072 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES||7. HALL; PART IV GAY RIGHTS ORDINANCE CONTROVERSY; DOCTOR ARTHUR STILLMAN, PSYCHIATRIST; GEORGE MICHAEL MCKAY, DISC JOCKEY, ALLAN B. MARGOLIS, WWWL OWNER AND MELODIE MOOREHEAD; COUNSELOR ALL (SOT).||Starts 11:36 (previous clip Bob Kunst v Antia Bryant) Joan Hall interviews G. Michael McKay, who just came out of the closet. Shots of him in the WWWL studio.|
|1977-06-04||MON0037-T02 — MONTAGE # 3614 GAY RIGHTS DEBATE||GAY RIGHTS DEBATE – SPECIAL 28:33||Mike Thompson is one of the panelists in favor of repealing Dade’s gay rights ordinance.|
Various Miami TV news reports about the life and death of Neil Rogers, put together by David Hine.