Hi, I’m Roger. Welcome to my site.
I’ve been interested in all media since ever since I can remember. I think my fascination with television started in the third grade when I was living in Miami. A classmate invited me to join him in the audience for a taping of the very popular “Skipper Chuck” show on WTVJ-Channel 4. I then made the rounds of all the local Miami kids shows, including South Florida’s version of Bozo the Clown.
After briefly leaving the Sunshine State to go to high school in Boise, Idaho, I returned to attend the University of Central Florida with the intention of going into broadcast journalism. But a funny thing happened — I found out I loved newspaper reporting more than TV reporting. I went on to become a print journalist but remained interested in television news — keeping tapes of local and national broadcasts I thought were cool or noteworthy. Those tapes help form the library of Orlando TV history that became RogerSimmons.com — a website/blog I launched in March 2001. (Why RogerSimmons.com? Well, I wanted a name that I could remember!)
Over the years, the site has grown and changed in many ways. A big thank you to all the individuals who have contributed photos or stories to help document Orlando’s TV news history.
Currently, I live in Orlando with my wife and our son. I previously was the Digital Editor for the Orlando Sentinel, overseeing OrlandoSentinel.com – the region’s most popular local news website — and Director of Content for Tribune Co.’s east coast newspaper websites. Now, I’m executive sports editor for Orlando Sentinel and OrlandoSentinel.com. But please note — my site/blog is NOT in any way related to the Orlando Sentinel, OrlandoSentinel.com or any other Tribune Co. website. The views expressed here are mine only and not connected in any way with my employer.
(P.S.: In addition to television memorabilia, I also have a rather large collection of historic newspapers — some of which are more than 200 years old. But I don’t have a website for them — yet.)