CLASS OF 2003
Roger Dodson was born in Nehawka. In 1957 while still in high school, he got his first radio job working for KNCY in Nebraska City. When he later graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1964, he almost immediately was brought in as general manager of KODY North Platte.
He worked as an announcer, salesman, and Vice President/General Manager of Stuart Broadcasting. As Stuart Broadcasting general manager at KRGI Grand Island, Roger broadcast for four hours during the June 3rd, 1980 tornado that ravaged the city earning citations from the U. S Department of Commerce and the Nebraskaland Foundation.
In January 1981 Roger became President of Long-Pride Broadcasting in Wichita, Kansas. While there, he was profiled in the “Radio: In Search of Excellence” publication sharing the secrets of America’s top Radio Managers.
Dodson later became the president of Radio One Broadcasting, a group of ten stations in South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska. He then joined the Radio Advertising Bureau as Senior Vice President for Training in 1995, where he appeared at RAB training seminars all over the country.
Roger was involved in many community activities, including service to both the Nebraska and Kansas Broadcasters as a board member. He was the 2003 University of Nebraska Outstanding Alumni for the College of Journalism.
Roger passed away on October 26, 2017.