It's no longer a Dr. Donald D Rose-y morning.
The Bay Area has lost its voice — the voice of one of its wackiest, most upbeat personalities. Former morning disc jockey Don Rose — known to listeners as "Dr. Donald D. Rose" — died in his sleep Tuesday night at his home in Concord. He was believed to be 70 years old.
He was known for his on-air antics, telling jokes rapid-fire and working with his engineer to play dozens of sound effects before editing or digital technology became a part of the scene.
When I was a teenager in 1977, my family moved to central CA. Like most of my new friends, I preferred to listen to KFRC, and Don Rose, from cle-e-e-ear off in San Francisco, to the country-western and mariachi stations they had around our immediate area. He was great to wake up to, if you liked jokes and noise-makers and silly voices. And cowbell! Nowadays I prefer not to let any oh-so-chipper morning dj's jumpstart my brain ... but for a long time in my life, boy, Dr. Don was It.