Emperor Rosko

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Emperor Rosko

Emperor Rosko early in his career
BornMichael Joseph Pasternak
(1942-12-26) 26 December 1942 (age 70)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Other namesEmperor Rosko
Michael Prescott
OccupationRadio host, presenter, disc jockey
Years activec. 1960 - present
Known forFast-paced US style rock show
ParentsJoe Pasternak
Dorothy Darrel
Website
www.emperorrosko.net
 
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Emperor Rosko

Emperor Rosko early in his career
BornMichael Joseph Pasternak
(1942-12-26) 26 December 1942 (age 70)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Other namesEmperor Rosko
Michael Prescott
OccupationRadio host, presenter, disc jockey
Years activec. 1960 - present
Known forFast-paced US style rock show
ParentsJoe Pasternak
Dorothy Darrel
Website
www.emperorrosko.net

Mike Pasternak (born December 26, 1942), known by his stage name Emperor Rosko, is a well known pop radio presenter.

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Early life

Born Michael Joseph Pasternak, he is the son of Hollywood film producer Joe Pasternak. He was influenced in his career choice by KYA Radio Los Angeles DJs Lord Tim Hudson and Wolfman Jack. Pasternak's opportunity to broadcast came whilst in the US Navy where he presented a show on the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea, using the name Michael Prescott.[1] He then moved to Europe and hosted sponsored programmes in France and Belgium.[2]

Origin of stage name

In an interview with Chris Edwards, for Offshore Echoes, Rosko explained: "I used to listen to a guy named Roscoe, who used to listen to a guy called Boscoe and the double-syllable name ending in "o" was synonymous with rhythm and rhyme which was a precursor to rap. I also used to listen to several other people like Wolfman, Tom Donahue, etc. So I took a little bit of everybody and became Emperor Roscoe to distinguish myself from all the others."[3]

Offshore radio

He joined Radio Caroline, a pirate radio station broadcasting from a ship off the coast of England, in 1964. There, his American-influenced quick presentation style soon made him one of the station's best-loved DJs.[2] He was often joined on air by his mynah bird Alfie.[4] After his time at Radio Caroline, he presented for French-language stations Radio Monte Carlo and Radio Luxembourg.[2]

Rosko compered the Stax/Volt Tour of Europe in 1967 and can be heard introducing Booker T. & the M.G.'s, The Mar-Keys, Carla Thomas, Eddie Floyd, Sam & Dave, and Otis Redding on the two-album set The Stax/Volt Tour in London, recorded at the Finsbury Park Astoria (later the Rainbow Theatre on 17 March 1967. It is Rosko who can be heard introducing Redding and encouraging the crowd to chant and spell his name on Redding's album Live in Europe, recorded on March 17 and March 21, 1967.[5]

BBC career

As a disc jockey with Radio 1 at its launch in September 1967, Rosko initially recorded shows in France for the Midday Spin programme. On his first Midday Spin show, Rosko introduced himself with "I am the Emperor, the geeter with the heater, your leader, your groovy host from the West coast, here to clear up your skin and mess up your mind. It'll make you feel good all over." He highlighted the new Motown, reggae and rock music.[2]

Rosko moved to the UK in 1968 and from 1970 presented Radio 1's Friday Roundtable where new records were reviewed by a panel of guests. He also presented in a Saturday lunchtime slot. Together with fellow Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis, he launched the first mobile discothèque, the "Rosko International Roadshow". He stayed with Radio 1 until September 1976, when he left for America to re-join his father, who was suffering from Parkinson's disease.[6] Around 1975, he briefly hosted Crackerjack on BBC TV with Little & Large. During that year, he also presented a few editions of Top Of The Pops, including the edition broadcast on 10 April.[7]

When Rosko returned to Europe, he was heard via recorded shows on Radio Luxembourg. In 1982 he returned to Radio 1 for a 13-week Sunday series of shows, and continued to broadcast at weekends during the Summer for four years. In 1992 he helped celebrate the station's 25th birthday with a special broadcast, before joining Virgin Radio 1215 in April 1993.[8]

Recent years

Since 2001 Rosko has been heard on the Classic Gold Digital network, from October 2001,[1] and REM.FM, his programme being pre-recorded in California. Hi has also made broadcasts for the UK's Forest FM based in Verwood, Dorset and for Vixen 101 in East Yorkshire.

He also ran his own soul station "Rosko Radio" for Live 365, which aired its final broadcasts in December 2007. There was no sponsor and the free distribution was challenged by the societies of authors and composers in the USA based on complaints of unfair competition for FM radio. The service continued in podcast form.[9]

He also broadcasts a programme called "The LA Connection" from his studios in California, which can be heard in the UK on 96.5 Bolton FM and across Europe on several stations including Central FM in southern Spain, and Radio Ayia Napa in Cyprus.[2]

On 11 April 2009 Rosko presented a three-hour show within a BBC-sponsored commemorative broadcast from the lightship LV18 berthed at Harwich.[2]

Film

Rosko was the inspiration for the Philip Seymour Hoffman character "The Count" in the 2009 British comedy film The Boat That Rocked, known as Pirate Radio in the United States.[2]

Awards

Publications

His book Emperor Rosko's DJ Book was published by Everest in March 1976 (ISBN 10: 0903925923).[12] It was re-published, with additional material, as an eBook on 21 October 2012.[13]

References

  1. ^ a b "Having an audience with Emperor Rosko". Soundscapes. Octoberr 2004. http://www.icce.rug.nl/~soundscapes/VOLUME04/Rosko.shtml. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Official Website". Emperor Rosko. http://www.emperorrosko.net/#/about-rosko/4568633698. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  3. ^ Radio Caroline South, Emperor Rosko at offshoreechos.com
  4. ^ "The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame". www.offshoreradio.co.uk. http://www.offshoreradio.co.uk/djsq2r.htm. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  5. ^ Armstrong, Roger. Otis Redding—Live in Europe liner notes; Stax/Volt; 2008
  6. ^ Rosko, Emperor (1976). Emperor Rosko's DJ Book. Everest Books. p. 224. ISBN 0-903925-91-5. http://homepage.ntlworld.com/waffler/info.htm. Retrieved 2007-07-26.
  7. ^ "Rosko" at imdb.com
  8. ^ "People, Emperor Rosko, Radio1". http://www.radiorewind.co.uk. http://www.radiorewind.co.uk/radio1/rosko_page.htm. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  9. ^ "Rosko Radio". Soundscapes. http://www.emperorrosko.net/#/rosko-radio/4568764118. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  10. ^ "Hall of Fame". Radio Academy. http://www.radioacademy.org/hall-of-fame/. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  11. ^ "Awards". International Radio Festival. http://www.internationalradiofestival.com/awards/awards-2011/. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  12. ^ "Emperor Rosko's DJ Book". Amazon Books. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Emperor-Roskos-DJ-Book-Rosko/dp/0903925923. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  13. ^ "Emperor Rosko Official Website". Emperor Rosko. http://www.emperorrosko.net/#. Retrieved 5 October 2012.

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