MIAMI (CBS4) – Longtime South Florida radio host Neil Rogers died Friday morning at 9:45 a.m. at the age of 68, according to his attorney Norman Kent. Rogers had been suffering from several health ailments recently including progressive vascular dementia.

The talk show host spent more than three decades on South Florida airwaves, starting at WJNO in Palm Beach. He has also been on WKAT, WNWS, WINZ, WIOD. He was most recently on AM 560 WQAM, before he retired in 2009.

Rogers suffered a stroke and heart attack in October and his condition had declined since Thanksgiving.

According to Kent, doctors said surgery was too risky and he would likely not survive it and referred him to a hospice, where he passed away 21 days later.

Kent said in mid-December that Rogers was suffering from Sundowners Syndrome, in which people suffer from an uncomfortable sleep and mood disorder which causes them to experience periods of extreme agitation and confusion during the late afternoon or early evening hours, leading to irritability towards even caregivers or hospital staff.

Kent said earlier in December, “As you remember him, recall what he used to say- “It’s only a radio show”. Hopefully, in those hours on the air he taught all of us to press on in our daily lives with an abiding sense of wit and humor.”

Hank Goldberg, a legendary sports radio commentator who now works for ESPN, said he met Rogers when he was suspended for his radio gig.

“I think one of the reasons for his popularity is that he went after the boss everyday,” Goldberg said. ‘Everybody likes to go after the boss everyday so people in a way could relate to that. He got away with it too.”

Comments (18)
  1. Father Del Corio says:

    RIP Neil may the angels take you into paradise

  2. Bernie says:

    My respects to the family and those close to him who loved him. To me, he will
    always be the “Big Man” on local radio. Please post funeral information when
    Good Bye Neil..

  3. Ann P. Fernandez says:

    Don’t know what year or what month it was, but first time I listened to Neil was the day Donny Osmond called from his limo and I was hooked since then.
    I never let a day go by without turning in to hear Neil. Did not care what he said, he made me laugh and enjoy listening to radio talk from that time. I missed him when he retired. I’ll always miss him. I am going to be 71 in March, 2011.
    Ann P.F.

  4. Phil Landers says:

    He was the best. I doubt you’ll ever see another local personality on the public airwaves like him again. Especially now that 90% of talk radio is syndicated right wing propaganda. I consider it a privilege to have been able to listen to Neil Rogers. Thank you sir and farewell. 8-[

  5. mike says:

    the best radio, Rick and Suds,Neil Rogers,Phil Hendrie, those were the good old days, radio has never been the same since they all left.

    Will miss you Neil

  6. Paul Harvey jr jr jr says:

    Neil, Tears in my eyes RIP you were the best

  7. ag says:

    RIP Neil, you were the greatest………We will miss you……….peace

  8. john paul says:

    Best ever the world and radio will never be the same remember DNH. RIP neil. You’ll be missed by many.

  9. Fred Wolf Jr. says:

    Neil God. Now we can bowl. WXYZ Detroit.

  10. alfred cook-bodden says:

    No one will come close to your greatness.You made me laugh and educated me on so many subjects.A great sense of humor and intelligence.I miss your radio show.
    I am honored to have been a loyal listener.THANK YOU and will cherish the good times NEIL GOD!

  11. Steve says:

    Neil Rogers… now, he sleeps with the fishes.

    The best — absolutely correct, sir!!

  12. Arthur Morse says:

    Listened to you and “The Bird” & Caprita for MANY years at work. I have all your tapes & CD’s. You will alwys be “GOD” to me.

    Love & Peace, Arthur

  13. Bill Plunkett says:

    Listened for over 20 years. RIP Neil , you will be missed ((((((

  14. phyllis Blane says:

    Listened for over 25 years. Loved Neil and felt lucky to be living here because of him. Wish there was a memorial for him.

  15. Gustavo says:

    Hope he repented.

    1. father delcorio says:

      judge not lest you be judged

  16. Mubarboricill says:

    miert ne:)

  17. Murray says:

    You were THE BEST Neil !
    You made living in Miami tolerable .
    hope that we get to meet on the other side .