Rod Simons, a Twin Cities broadcast journalist and former sports anchor at KSTP television, died Monday in Fort Myers, Fla., where he was covering Twins spring training. Simons, 56, suffered an apparent heart attack. Simons, owner of Rod Simons Media Communications, ran Game On! TV, which featured freelance television reporting and was a contributor to the Twins broadcasting station, 96.3 FM. He was a sports anchor for KSTP from 2003-08 after working for television stations in Seattle and Portland. Minneapolis Star Tribune
Before moving to Minnesota, Simons anchored the launch of FOX Sports Net’s “Regional Sports Report” in the Pacific Northwest and Detroit Regions while also hosting KOMO-AM sports in Seattle. In all, Simons spent 18 years as a lead news and sports anchor at KSTW-TV (CBS/UPN) in Seattle; KOIN-TV (CBS) in Portland; KJR-AM in Seattle and KVI-AM in Seattle. His body of work as sports director at KSTW included covering Rose Bowls, the Mariners’ AL playoff runs from 1995-2001 and the Sonics’ 1996 trip to the NBA Finals against Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls. -Seattle Times
I uploaded a short video that I created from the audio of a KPUG 1960s spot. The ad is for a long gone electronics shop in Lynden, WA. The voice is KPUG’s Dave Hall. He was at the station, working as a deejay, PD and in sales for more than 50 years. Some of the outdated language in the 57 year old spot made it nostalgic and I wanted to incorporate visuals of the equipment he was promoting and the era. For example, there is a reference to the new “Zenith record playing instrument.” When I was a kid, getting into music in the mid-60s, we always just called those things record players. Images include Dave Hall, the KPUG studio and authentic 1960s Zenith electronics. At the end is a KPUG promotional photo of the mid-sixties KPUG “live guys.” Dave is in the center, but keen observers will notice a very young Steve West holding up the sign. And at the top, over Dave’s head, is longtime KPUG jock and PD Bob Tria. Tria was known on the air as Bob O’Neil. I have yet to find anyone who could authoritatively identify the air name of the fellow at the back of the motorcycle.