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ROSKO, ‘Emperor’

roskoODDLY-MONICKERED regal-aspirational and one of several jocks poached by the Beeb when Radio Caroline finally came to an end, along with Blackburn and Everett, and installed on a variety of slots, including Saturday mornings, Rosko’s Round Table, and early version of the Roadshow on Aberavon beach, all of it delivered in a ‘mindblowing’ transatlantic vocabulary all of his own (he was, in his own words, a “toe-tapping, hand-clapping, lean, mean record machine”). More traditionally known as ‘Mike Pasternak’, which was a pretty far-out name in itself back then.



  1. Applemask

    July 23, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Distantly related to Boris “Zhivago” Pasternak, and that is a FACT.

  2. Richardpd

    April 15, 2022 at 11:51 am

    His stay at Radio 1 was cut short by having to return to the USA because his father was suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.

    since then he has managed a few short term stints on British radio, the most recent being recorded from his home studio in California.

  3. Glenn Aylett

    April 16, 2022 at 5:08 pm

    Rosko had a show called Rosko In Exile on Radio Luxembourg in the late seventies, but his Radio 1 years are a little before my time, like Stuart Henry. Yet his Roundtable managed to last into the nineties without the Emperor and is memorable for two things for me, Billy Idol swearing so much he was kicked out the studio and Malcolm Mc Laren referring to Wendy and Lisa as a pair of lesbians who eff about when he reviewed their single Waterfall. ( Actually it was pretty dire, but Malc’s opinion caused a real stir).

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