Born in the UK in 1943, former Merchant Seaman Roger's first radio job was at WPTR, Albany, NY, USA, in April 1966. After a year he headed north, to work at CFOX, Montreal in Canada. One of the highlights of his career there was presenting his daily show from the room in the Queen Elizabeth Hotel where John Lennon and Yoko Ono were staging their "bed-in" in 1969. Give Peace A Chance was recorded in that hotel room, and Roger's chorus chanting, not to mention his coffee-table tapping, are somewhere in the mix!
He returned to the UK in 1971 after hearing of plans for the introduction of commercial radio here. Roger took a job at UBN, the in-house radio service run by United Biscuits for its factory workforce.
A little-known fact is that Roger appeared on Radio One during the early part of 1973. He was given two separate four-week stints on the Saturday afternoon show. To preserve his true identity for his start at Capital, Roger decided not to use his real name for his temporary work on Radio One, and adopted instead the name of his former CFOX colleague, Bob Baker.
He joined Capital Radio at it's London launch in October 1973, where he stayed for 15 years. It was here he presented his highly popular Friday evening Rock and Roll show Cruisin'. The show included interviews with many of the top artistes of the genre.
Roger moved to Radio One in mid-1988 to present the popular Saturday Afternoon 'Stereo Sequence' show, later moving to a Sunday night 10pm - 2 am slot 'Scott on Sunday'.
Roger Scott's last show was on Sunday 8th October 1989 and he sadly passed away on 31st of that month aged only 46, having suffered from cancer.
A tribute programme about Roger's life on the air was broadcast by Radio 1 on 4th November 1989 at 4pm, entitled 'Radio, Radio', recorded just a few weeks before his death.
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Roger as 'Bob Baker' on R1 in 1973 - Clip 1 2 mins
'Bob Baker' 1973 Clip 2 - Memories are Golden! 2 mins
Introducing 'Stereo Sequence' 1988 (56kbps) 32kbps 1 min
'Scott on Sunday' Show 1989 3 mins
Another clip from the Show (1989)
The following clip is believed to be his final sign-off. His words are both moving and poignant.
Signing off at the end of his last show 08.10.89
With thanks to Alan Field for text and audio on this page.