Neil Rogers 2016 Radio Hall of Fame Induction

In 2016 Neil Rogers was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. The acceptance speech was delivered by his long time producer Jorge Rodriguez.

Thank you thank you Scott Shannon. Neil used to say never trust anybody with two first names. OK, boy it’s tough tough crowd. Don’t worry I’m not going to talk for a long time so don’t freak out. I’m not going to read Neil’s Wikipedia entry you can and the literature that you have there is all pretty accurate for the most part. Not everything but nevertheless.

I just want to say that you know Neil would have been 74 the 5th of this month and on the 4th which was a Friday I do my internet humble little internet radio show what you can hear on sofloradio.com. And around his birthday we like to celebrate and wax nostalgic about the good old days and on this particular show I was joined by Joe Castello, my backup producer, who produced Neil’s show if I was not available and produced my show if I sat in for Neil under the Beasley regime at WQAM. We were also joined by Brit Somers formerly known as Boca Brian soundsmith extraordinaire – who assembled the audio clip that we’re about to hear – and as we’re listening to it and it was very poignant nostalgic for us we agreed that many of the people in the room probably wouldn’t get it because not something Neil…the Neil show is not something that you can get in three or four minutes.

Indeed it took me the better part of a month as his producer before I figured out what was going on. It sounded like just mean man insulting everything and everyone. Callers calling up and kissing his butt. Neil would insult them for doing so and then they would call back. So it didn’t sound like a radio show. To me it sounded like madness but people say it’s oh it’s an acquired taste. I’ve heard people say that it’s an acquired taste but I think that more accurately describes something that you get used to like Limburger or something as opposed to a joke that you’re not getting or that you’re not in on, until you are, until you do, and then you get it and then you’re hooked

It was vaudeville. It was live spontaneous vaudeville complete with slapstick and pratfalls, pies in your face and Neil was the one throwing pies and throwing banana peels out there and it was very spontaneous. As matter of fact I’ve never worked on a show that had less planning. I can’t imagine a show that has less planning because we didn’t plan the show at all and the hour or so before the show Neil and I would discuss all the things that we wouldn’t be able to discuss on the show because when you’re doing stream-of-consciousness you never know what’s gonna come falling out of your mouth and get you in trouble. So I would tell people if you like Neil show you think that Neil is brave and acerbic and you know a lot of balls during his show, you should hear that the pre-show – that’s the real show, but it was it was brave.

He was a very brave man we didn’t screen the calls at all or very little. If I did answer the phones it was just to ask what city they were calling from so that they would have a point of reference. I’ve worked on other shows where the call screening was was so intense that it was practically an orchestrated situation.

Neil didn’t fear what a caller would say. He didn’t care. He was going to get the best of them. They weren’t going to get the best of him. He was that quick and everything was a setup he had to come back for everything and if you did set him up intentionally in vaudeville fashion it was magical. It was very flattering when he would set me up and allow me to deliver the punch line. I was very honored when he would do that.

South Florida is a mixed bag of nuts. A great big bag of mixed nuts. Those of us who live there, we live there on purpose. We’re free to leave and and yet there we are. So obviously we like something about it, but there’s a lot about South Florida frustrates us and Neil would take those sources of frustration and like straw spin it into comedy gold. It made it less bad because it gave us the ability to laugh at the things that were bothering us. When it was the bridges being stuck in the up position or anything else that was very unique to South Florida. If you’ve ever lived in South Florida or visited South Florida you might know what I’m talking about.

It was a magical time. For over 30 years Neil emceed what was going on there. It was a giant roundtable discussion that included everybody who had the nerve and was brave enough or crazy enough to call in and enter the atmosphere that Neil maintained and presided over. It was an atmosphere of quality. He had very high standards for what went on on his show and I was honored to be up to those standards. He was already very popular by the time I joined the show for the last 19 years of it and I’m just happy that Neil felt that I was worthy enough to stay there with him to the end.

The clip that you’re about to hear was assembled by Boca Brit formerly Boca Brian and if you enjoy it half as much as I do that means that I’ll be enjoying it twice as much as you. Roll it!

After the video played, Scott Shannon and Jorge Rodriguez complete the Neil Rogers portion of the ceremony.

(Scott Shannon) Ladies and gentlemen into the National Radio Hall of Fame: Mr. Neil Rogers and accepting Jorge Rodriguez.

(Jorge Rodriguez) Thank you. On behalf of Neil I want to thank the South Florida audience, the people who contributed to the show, producers like Joe Castello, Miguel Escobar and people that were responsible for a lot of the audio production on the show KJ, Adam “Guitar Man” Austin, Mitch Lewis and of course the world’s greatest parodist and songsmith Boca Brian who now lives abroad as Boca Brit Sommers. Thank you very much and Boca you deserve a piece of this. I’m gonna put it in my studio and so when you come over next time I might let you touch it and the award too.

The Jorge Rodriguez Show (January 7, 2011)

SoFloRadio.com “More Neil Rogers highlights throughout the years. While putting this together, Boca’s computer tower exploded like the BP Horizon. So the highlights end at two hours fifty five minutes. Enjoy!” Clip #1 from the last hour of Oct. 9, 1987 with Stan Major, Glen Hill, and Jay Michaels. Clip #2 part of the noon hour on Neil’s first day simulcasting on WSUN June 22, 1992. Clip #3 from Sept. 25, 1987 with The Bird. Clip #4 a little block of Phil Hendrie. Clip #5 repeats #2. Clip #6 is more vintage Phil. Sports songs, Neil, This is Your Life, and some Moe bits. Next the famous Frat Boy call from Sept. 21, 1999, Jimmy and Danny, the extended cut, Neil’s Anniversary Song, Peggy Lee wraps up the show with her hit, Is That All There Is?

More: Fans and colleagues celebrate Neil Rogers http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2011-01-07/news/fl-neil-rogers-memorial-010711-20110107_1_neil-rogers-show-wiod-rick-suds

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The Jorge Rodriguez Show (January 5, 2011)

Jorge Rodriguez, and “Boca” Britany Somers, live on SoFloRadio, along with Monica. Neil memories continue with Roger Magdalin, Brian “The Beast” London, Jeff Cohen, Jeff Rimer, Woody Graber, Gina Martell, and Henry Barrow. Roger was a producer at WIOD many years before Neil moved there, his first job was working on Bill Calder’s show, later he worked on Sandy Payton’s show, while listening to Neil, and later produced Neil’s show. He is responsible for most of the Larry King drops. Brian started as an intern at WQAM, worked with the sports department, and later was a fill in for Neil, if Jorge was not available. When Neil was doing play by play he would stop at the Pizza Loft to get take out on his way back home in Kendell. Jeff may have fed Neil on the air more anyone else. Rimer was one of the few guests that Neil would have on after he changed his format. Woody with his famous pony tail provided Neil with concert tickets, and icecream starting in the WZTA days. Gina wrote copy for Neil at WINZ, and she was about the only person besides Glen who was allowed in the studio once they were on the air. Henry started at WIOD in 1964 and lived through the changes that came over the years. He was liked and respected by Neil and most everyone else. Many fine Moe bits by Boca, and Jolynn Daniel’s Anniversary Song.

More: Friday memorial service for Neil Rogers open to the public http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2011-01-06/entertainment/sfl-ent-tv-neil-rogers-memorial-service-010611_1_neil-rogers-memorial-service-wilton-manors

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The Jorge Rodriguez Show (January 3, 2011)

The Jorge Rodriguez Show with “Boca” Britany Somers, and Monica on SoFloRadio. Continuing the Neil Rogers tribute shows with clips, bits, and guests.

Scott Ferrall (From Howard 101) talks about his time with Neil at WQAM, his battles with management, and Howard David. According to Scott, Neil was “the best talent that I’ve worked with, that includes Howard”.

Jeff DeForrest was first on the air with Neil at WINZ in 1984, then later on WIOD, and WQAM. Jeff brings up how Neil started talking about hosts, when at the time that was unheard of.

Rick and Suds together again after 10 years. This segment is really the History of Rick and Suds Part 1.

Joe Castello’s auto racing show has been nominated for “Best Internet Radio Show”.

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The Jorge Rodriguez Show (December 31, 2010)

Jorge Rodriguez, and “Boca” Britany Somers, live on SoFloRadio, along with Monica, and Luis the Artist. Another Neil Tribute Show with guests Jim Schuyler, Rich Pachter, Adam Kirschner, Andy Kalb, Hank Goldberg, and Wayne Roberts. Jim calls in with Neil story. Rich tells about he got involved with Neil, and Glen. He was also worked with Boca, and Guitar Man on song parodies, such as Ron n Ron. Adam talks about how he got in the radio business, the trials and tribulations of the ownership change, and how Neil helped to create the environment that led to some of the best talk radio shows anywhere. And Jorge saved his life too. Andy, who was Phil Hendie’s producer reminisces about his time at WIOD. ESPN commentator Hank talks about his ups and downs with Neil. He first met Neil while he was suspended from his WIOD show, and was guest on Neil’s WNSW show. Hank also praised Sid Levine (WKAT), and the man who helped shape Neil’s career, Dick Casper (WNWS). They wrap up Producer Friday with Wayne Roberts. He was a backup producer who filled in for Jorge on Neil’s show when he was needed. Wayne has move to LA, and is on TV. He was many of the people who helped Jorge copy over 5,000 “audio elements” when they had to move to the new Paxson studios.

More: Memorial for Neil Rogers will be Jan. 7 http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2010-12-31/news/fl-neil-rogers-memorial-wilton-20101231_1_memorial-wilton-manors-friend

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The Jorge Rodriguez Show (December 29, 2010)

More tributes to Neil Rogers on The Jorge Rodriguez Show with “Boca” Britany Somers, and Monica on SoFloRadio. Today’s guests are Randi Rhodes, Teri Griffin, Rick Riley, and KJ. Randi talks about how she came to replace Hank Goldberg, how much she and Rick were paid at WIOD, some stories about Air America, and Rachel Maddow. Randi, and her new beau visit Jim on Christmas day. Teri talks about her days working with Neil, Hurricane Andrew, and what Rick Alpern put on the marquee the day Paxson took over the station. Rick was able to speak to Neil in the hospital. How he and Suds Coleman got back into Florida radio, their time at WAXY, and the move to WIOD, and of course Alex Bennett’s meltdown. More on the dead cat in the fridge with Phil’s birthday cake. KJ is live and in the studio, he talks about how Neil came to playing his songs, and was surprised when Jorge told him they were willing to pay for bits. They play a few of his fine songs.

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The Jorge Rodriguez Show (December 27, 2010)

The Jorge Rodriguez Show with “Boca” Britany Somers, and Monica on SoFloRadio. “Neil tribute continues with Ernie Sochin, Jaz McKay, Guitar Man, Phil Latzman, Cap’n Dave Caprita, Jennifer Rehm, Bob Green and Jim Schuyler sharing memories and back stories of Neil Rogers.” (Description from SoFloRadio.com) Some great stories of the old days with Ernie, Adam, Phil, David Caprita, and Mr. Schuyler. Jorge hears the socks story, many classic bits, and a block of Boca with “Condoleetha”, “The Restitution Song”, the call from Fox News’ Heather Nauert from Oct. 31, 2002, followed by “Fox News Heather”.

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The Jorge Rodriguez Show (December 24, 2010)

Jorge Rodriguez, and “Boca” Britany Somers have Christmas Eve day off, so Boca presents a clip show. “Relive memories of The Neil Rogers Show. Neil’s WINZ show from April 1987, rare tracks from ZETA-4, favorite comedy bits, calls, and more. Happy Holidays from Jorge and Boca!” (Description from SoFloRadio.com) Neil passed away a couple of hours before this show was streamed. Thanks for the Memories!!

More: South Florida radio legend Neil Rogers dies http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2010-12-24/entertainment/fl-neil-rogers-obit-20101224_1_neil-rogers-nelson-roger-behelfer-wkat

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