Emperor Rosko to join Pontypool radio station

First published in News

ONE of the voices which launched Radio One will be heard on a Gwent radio station run by disabled volunteers next week.

Emperor Rosko will appear on Pontypool-based station Able Radio next Tuesday.

The DJ has had a glittering career, was part of the original Radio One line-up during its launch year of 1964 and went on to appear on stations such as Radio Monte Carlo and Radio Luxembourg.

Emperor Rosko is also known for being the inspiration behind Philip Seymour Hoffman's character The Count in the 2009 film The Boat that Rocked, which depicts the passion of a pirate radio station based on a boat- something Mr Rosko experienced in the 1960s when he broadcast off the coast of England for Radio Caroline.

He gave up his career in Europe to return home to America and care for his father, Hollywood producer Joe Pasternak, who was suffering from Parkinson's Disease.

And it is through caring for someone with a disability that Mr Rosko became aware of Able Radio- the UK's only live station broadcast for disabled people by disabled people.

You can hear Mr Rosko on Able Radio's Able Soul Train show on Tuesday from 7pm with presenter Lee Vincent. Mr Rosko said the station is "showing empowement" for disabled people and is in talks about appearing on a more regular basis.

Able Radio's programme co-ordinator Malcolm John said: "I grew up with Rosko as my idol and now he is presenting a show for us. I’m excited."

Listen at www.ableradio.com

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