Caesar the Geezer

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Caesar The Geezer
Other namesChris Rogers, Chris Ryder
EmployerCTG Broadcast / SFM Radio – Sittingbourne
Known forBritish radio personality

Chris Rogers, also known as Caesar the Geezer, Caesar the Boogieman, and Deck Rider, is a British radio personality.

Early career[edit]

He began his career as the on air character "Deck Rider" on the Kenny Everett Radio Show on Capital Radio (London) in 1974.[citation needed] He went on to get his first "paid gig" on the Rod Lucas Show on BBC Radio Kent.[citation needed]

Shortly afterwards they both moved to the newly created Invicta Radio.[citation needed]

Invicta FM[edit]

Rogers later changed his radio name to Caesar the Boogieman when he landed his own show on Invicta Radio after Rod Lucas left the station. Caesar the Boogieman orchestrated some ambitious on-air practical jokes during his time at Invicta. One example: he built up the premise that an asteroid was about to hit the moon, creating a bright light, it would only be safe to look at the light by wearing sunglasses. The show had its serious side with legal advisors and social workers as constant guests helping listeners with problems.[citation needed]

The popular shows in his 9–1 am slot featured characters including Barry Bethall as 'Basil the Butler', Ian Collins as 'The Yob', and Bobby Prior as 'Venus', Richard Knight as 'Clarence', 'Number 5' and 'Grandad' and Steve Mallion as 'Spartacus'. In 1991, Invicta sacked him over fraud allegations.[1]

Essex Radio[edit]

Rogers joined Essex Radio 96.3/102.6 FM where he presented a competing night time show to the one he had left at Invicta, before moving onto Kiss 100 hosting the early breakfast show.[2]

Talk Radio UK[edit]

Rogers joined Talk Radio UK for its launch in February 1995 where he became known as a shock jock, he presented the weeknight (Mondays–Fridays) phone in between 22:00 and 01:00. He was joined on some Friday evenings by football agent Eric Hall and lawyer Gary Jacobs, he regularly combined his programme with a similar American show presented by Tom Leykis, alternating between UK and US callers.[citation needed]

He continued his ambitious practical jokes during his time at Talk Radio. Another such wind-up involved making listeners believe he was broadcasting his show from the street outside the Talk Radio building in protest at the station's anti-smoking policy. In reality, he was producing his show from inside the studio with a microphone hanging from the window to pick up the background noises of the street below.[citation needed]

During his tenure at TRUK, he was often accompanied by the show's Canadian producer Colin Lloyd, assistants Dixie, Jane and Aphrodite, and the man on the phones, also called Tony (Caesar referred to him as Bogey – "Because he always gets up my nose").[citation needed]

He was fired from Talk Radio in September 1995, along with fellow controversial presenter Terry Christian,[3] as part of a station shakeup to tackle sagging ratings.

After talk radio[edit]

After this he brought his phone-in show to Galaxy 101 in Bristol for a short time, as well as a brief stint, slightly toned down, on London's LBC. At around this time, he also started doing voice links for the UK porn TV station, The Adult Channel[citation needed]; and presented a programme called Caesar's Rude Arena for Television X.[4]

Chris Rogers joined Capital Gold in February 1996 and did his own weeknight show called Elvis hour which would regularly overrun as he is an Elvis fan himself, he pulled in an audience of over 2.4 million.[citation needed] In mid-1997, he resigned, and was sentenced for breaking the law regarding undischarged bankrupts.[5]

He then retired from radio to pursue a career in marketing and promotions, returning to the air in 2012[6] with Sittingbourne's SFM Radio.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Welcome - caesarthegeezer.co.ukArchived 21 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Williams, Rhys (19 May 1994). "Caesar's goodbye kiss". The Independent. Retrieved 24 March 2010.
  3. ^ Williams, Rhys (5 September 1995). "Jocks shocked by sacking as Talk Radio cleans up its act". Independent.co.uk. The Independent. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Caesar's Rude Arena". Retrieved 24 November 2017 – via www.IMDb.com.
  5. ^ McCann, Paul (2 July 1997). "DJ Caesar Jailed for Deception , he was cleared of this charge after 5 months in Prison which he won on Appeal". Independent.co.uk. The Independent. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Caesar The Geezer returns with SFM Radio – RadioToday". RadioToday.co.uk. Retrieved 24 November 2017.

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