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Ken Roberts dies at 73; promoter transformed KROQ-FM into a powerhouse
Ken Roberts dies at 73; promoter transformed KROQ-FM into a powerhouse

Ken Roberts, a concert promoter who rescued a debt-ridden Pasadena rock music station and oversaw its rebirth as powerhouse KROQ-FM (106.7), which helped acts like Prince and Culture Club gain mainstream attention, died May 22 in New York City. He was 73. Roberts had been ailing since a heart attack in February, said his former wife Harriette Craig, who announced his death last week. Under his ownership in the 1970s and '80s, KROQ went from being a much-maligned renegade to one of the most influential modern rock stations in the country, with deejays like Richard Blade, Freddy Snakeskin and Jed the Fish championing alternative music in the widely emulated "ROQ of the...

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