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Houston Public Media Remembers Kathy Rogers

  Longtime Houston Public Media Account Executive Kathy Rogers — known for her colorful hats and big personality — has died. She leaves behind many friends, colleagues and clients who will never forget “The Hat Lady” and her impact on their lives. Kathy was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma; a real-life “Okie from Muskogee.” As a […]

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Longtime Houston Public Media Account Executive Kathy Rogers — known for her colorful hats and big personality — has died. She leaves behind many friends, colleagues and clients who will never forget “The Hat Lady” and her impact on their lives.

Kathy was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma; a real-life “Okie from Muskogee.”

As a child, she witnessed her father and grandfather’s strong work ethic in their family’s paint, wallpaper and frame store. There, she learned the value of personal relationships and customer service, qualities that served her well throughout her life.

In time, Kathy moved to Dallas, where she worked as a fashion model and even owned her own modeling studio. Kathy also kicked up her heels as a Fred Astaire dance instructor. She entered the corporate world as an executive secretary in the oil and gas industry, but the “Oil Bust” of the early 80’s led Kathy to take a temp-job at the Dallas Business Journal. That led to a full-time sales position and it’s where the one-time model and dance instructor discovered she had a true gift for sales.

After coming to Houston in 1991, Kathy landed her first radio job at KQUE where, for six years, she further honed her sales skills. Kathy arrived at Houston Public Media in 1998 as an underwriting account executive. She quickly realized public broadcasting was where she truly belonged. Kathy was proud and privileged to represent Houston Public Media and what it stood for. She loved working with extraordinary underwriters, the station’s gracious volunteers and she never tired of hearing from loyal members and listeners. Kathy found the magic in those cherished relationships.

Kathy’s powerful personality and her trademark hats became a calling card. But her remarkable commitment to making friends and caring for them like family is what made her special.

Plans for a memorial at Houston Public Media will be announced next week. 

 

To honor Kathy and her wishes, the Kathy Rogers Memorial Fund has been established to support staff professional development. Donations can be made online or sent to:

Kathy Rogers Memorial Fund
c/o Houston Public Media
4343 Elgin
Houston, TX 77204

 

 

 

Houston Matters: Remembering “The Hat Lady,” Kathy Rogers

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