|Art's radio career began
in Atlanta, Texas in 1953. In 1956, Art Roberts joined the legendary KLIF
in Dallas. In 1959, Art worked in Buffalo at WKBW before joing WLS in 1961.
Art stayed at WLS for 10 years before heading to San Francisco's KNBR in
1971, Other career stops included WCFL, WOKY, and KLUV. Art's final radio
stop was KGVM in Reno in 1998, Art Roberts suffered a stroke in October
1999 and passed away on March 6, 2002.
Art began his WLS years in
1961 on the air from 12:30 - 3:00 pm when Mort Crowley moved to mornings.
In September 1963, Art moved to nights (9 - midninght) on WLS. In 1969
Art moved back to midday (10 - 2 pm), before making the move to mornings
on WLS in 1970.
Art's book Thinking Out
Loud is still available through Larry Shannon at Texas Radio Hall of
Art with Tommy
Art with Gary Lewis
Art with Dex Card
Art with Dick Clark
Sadly, Legendary WLS Personality Art
Roberts has passed away.
(the following is from
e-mail Art's family
is publishing tributes from those who
knew and worked with
Art during his lifetime. The tributes
are located at www.radiodailynews.com/artroberts.htm
the family and friends of Art, we wish you all the best during this trying
time. Rock 'n Roll Heaven now has one amazing addition to the Air Staff
and Programming department." Jeff
the WLS Website
Legend Art Roberts dies
It is with extreme sadness we announce the loss of one of the great disc
jockeys of WLS' music years, Art Roberts. Art passed away at 10:30PM on
Art was best known throughout the United States as the 9 PM - Midnight
DJ during those amazing years when the Beatles were breaking in America,
and the entire country listened to WLS to hear the best in music and personality.
Current WLS Director of Programming Mike Elder said, "Art was a giant in
the industry, a great wordsmith and thinker, a true communicator, and a
kind and gentle man whose passion for the industry was strong until the
The thoughts and condolences of the entire WLS Staff are with Art's family
at this time.
"Art was a wonderful broadcaster who worked
for legendary stations such as WOKY, KNBR, WKQX, KLUV, WCFL, and of course,
over ten years at WLS.
His love for music and dedication to creating a great and entertaining
show was only surpassed by his affection for his listeners, co-workers
and colleagues. He treated them all with respect, never talking down
to them, always interested in what they had to say. In addition,
it was clear that his family was always number one, followed closely, I
suspect, by his horse!
I had the pleasure of meeting Art in person about 2 years ago. Art
and his family were back in Chicago for a wedding and I had invited him
to visit Windy 100 and to lunch. I figured that he would be very
busy and politely decline, but to my surprise Art was more than happy to
stop by. When he arrived, he was an absolute delight. He had
lots of questions about our stations and the technology we used. We talked
about the current state of radio and he was happy to chat with some of
the staff. Afterwards we had lunch and swapped some great stories.
I was thrilled to spend the afternoon with a radio legend. He wouldn't
even let me pay the restaurant check!
a cab ride back to the train station, Art was on his way and I was left
with a good feeling.
As time passed, we continued to chat. Then the news that Art suffered
a stroke, but he came through strong with the support of family and friends.
And even though his physical body didn't move the way it used to, Art's
mind was as sharp as ever! I always enjoyed trading stories and pleasantries
with him via email. And his website was always a treat to read as Art offered
advice, support and his special brand of wit.
Art suffered another stroke this past February and it was obvious that
his family was very concerned. One of his daughters wrote that she wished
that the news was good, but....
passed away on March 6th near his home in Nevada. Services will be
held on March 16th.
always told Art how I looked forward to his return to Chicago for another
chance to pay for lunch.
sure hope he knows how much I appreciated his kindness, concern and friendship.
Rook said it very simply
Lost another great friend....Art Roberts