Hilly Rose

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Hilly Rose is an American radio personality[1] and a pioneer[citation needed] of the talk radio format. He currently specializes in paranormal events, with shows available from Fate and guest host appearances Coast to Coast AM. He also writes a monthly column for FATE Magazine.

Early career[edit]

Rose began his career as a child radio actor, appearing on shows such as Ma Perkins and Mr. First Nighter. His career was interrupted by military service, but he returned to the air on KCBS in San Francisco hosting one of the earliest talk radio programs.

Career highlights[edit]

Rose has hosted talk radio programs on KFI, KABC, and KMPC in Los Angeles as well as KGO-AM and KCBS in San Francisco. He won the California State Fair award for investigative reporting.

During the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing, Rose solicited AT&T to build a communications infrastructure so that troops could contact their families.

Rose authored But That’s Not What I Called About, a book with many autobiographical stories and biographies on many of the major pioneers and leaders of talk radio prior to network syndication.

In the mid-1990s, Rose developed a series of radio shows about marine life for the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California.

In 1999 Hilly guest-hosted the Art Bell show, often running a Y2K theme. His guests included such "End -of-the-World" figures as notable survivalists, hackers responsible for stopping all Amtrak trains, builders of fallout shelters, and others.


Rose began covering the paranormal in the 1970s while on KFI in Los Angeles. He was an early pioneer of Internet broadcasting with a paranormal talk show called The I-Files. His paranormal investigations provided a large volume of content for the early years of satellite radio, with 500 programs airing on Sirius. These programs are available through Fate along with new shows he continues to record for the Fate audience.


Rose lives in San Francisco with his wife Mary. He has a daughter and three sons: Patricia Sweeney who teaches literature at the University of London in Britain, the late television news anchor Judd Rose, actor and voice over artist Roger Rose, and Adam Rose who is a sports writer for the Los Angeles Times and appears on KNBC Channel 4.4 in Los Angeles.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Irwin, Robert (2007-06-25). Rent to Own: Use Your Rent Money to Get Started Owning Real Estate. McGraw-Hill Professional. pp. 27–. ISBN 978-0-07-148829-7. Retrieved May 17, 2011. 

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