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Ken Roberts (28 Feb 1941 - 22 May 2014) was a concert promoter who developed KROQ 106.7 FM into an important modern rock station, helping to introduce Prince, Culture Club, and Duran Duran.[1][2]

Roberts was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. After attending Seton Hall University, he became a concert promoter in the 1960s, with such acts as The Temptations, Harry Belafonte and The Supremes.[1]

When he took control of the KROQ in 1974, it was seven million dollars in debt, but he sold it for $45 million to Infinity Broadcasting in 1986.[2] This was the highest price paid for a US radio station up to that time.[3]


  1. ^ a b [1]"Ken Roberts, who nursed KROQ into radio behemoth, dies at 73," Variety, 7 July 2014. Retrieved 17 Feb 2015
  2. ^ a b [2] Woo, Elaine "Ken Roberts dies at 73; promoter transformed KROQ-FM into a powerhouse," LA Times, 4 July 2014> Retrieved 17 Feb 2015
  3. ^ [3] McNamara, Denis, "KROQ to Infinity for $45 Mil," Billboard, Vol 98 No. 17, 26 April 1986. Retrieved 17 Feb 2015