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Roshell "Mike" Anderson

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Television News Reporter
Musician and Singer
Radio DJ

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Collard Greens, Neckbones, Okra
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Good Lord Willing.Don't Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch.

Birthplace

Born:
9/16/1952
Birth Location:
Bogalusa, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Television News Reporter
Musician and Singer
Radio DJ

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Collard Greens, Neckbones, Okra
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Good Lord Willing.Don't Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch.

Birthplace

Born:
9/16/1952
Birth Location:
Bogalusa
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Biography

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, television news reporter Roshell “Mike” Anderson was born on September 16, 1952 in Bogalusa, Louisiana, and raised in New Orleans. His mother, Mellenese Magee Anderson moved to New Orleans where she was a cook at The Court of Two Sisters Restaurant. His father, Robert Anderson, was a sergeant in the Korean War. Anderson was raised in the Algiers Church of God in Christ, where he first gained experience in public speaking and singing for an audience. In 1968, he developed a popular impression of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Graduating from Clarke High School in New Orleans in 1970, Anderson, known as “Cool Breeze,” patterned himself after Dr. Daddyo, a local radio personality, and CBS-TV news anchor, Walter Cronkite. Anderson attended Louisiana State University and the Career Academy School of Broadcast Journalism in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating in 1971.

Anderson earned his first class license in Atlanta in 1970 and worked at a number of southern radio stations, including WXNS, WKLS, WAOK, as announcer and disc jockey. He has been known as Roshell Magee and General Frank Magee. Anderson developed a singing and song writing career before getting involved with television. His 1972 record, “Snake out of Green Grass” made the Billboard charts followed by “Grapevine Will Lie Sometimes” in 1974. Anderson then took to the concert circuit. He joined WLWI-FM in Montgomery, Alabama in 1978 and switched to rival WXVI-FM in 1979. That same year, Anderson got his start in television at WAPI-TV in Birmingham, Alabama. As a news reporter, “Mike” Anderson covered the tense case of a black woman shot nine times by Birmingham police.

Before joining WISN-TV 12 News in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Anderson worked as a news anchor and reporter at KIRO-TV in Seattle, Washington. During his tenure at WISN, Anderson has been the recipient of many awards, including his work on the award-winning documentaries Children in the Line of Fire and Solutions to Violence. He has interviewed four American presidents: Richard M. Nixon, George Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He is a current member of the Wisconsin Black Media Association.

Anderson lives in Brown Deer, Wisconsin and has three children: Nicole, Mellenese and Michael. When not reporting the news, he is still a professional recording artist; cutting the album, Sweet and Sour Soul in 1988 and Rolling Over in 2006.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Roshell "Mike" Anderson's interview, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Slating of Roshell "Mike" Anderson's interview, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson remembers his maternal grandfather's stories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson describes his great aunt and great uncle
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson describes his upbringing in Franklinton, Louisiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson describes his mother's employment
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson describes his father's family background and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson describes his likeness to his parents, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson describes his likeness to his parents, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson describes the 7th Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson describes his schooling
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson remembers his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson talks about the use of slang
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson talks about the use of derogatory language
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson remembers his high school geometry teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson describes his early religious experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson talks about morality
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson describes his extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson describes his early interest in music
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson talks about religious and secular music
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson remembers the death of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson describes his early aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson recalls his training in broadcast journalism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson remembers his work at WKLS Radio in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson describes his public speaking experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson describes his early radio career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson recalls his start as a musical artist
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson remembers WGOV Radio in Valdosta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson remembers performing on the Chitlin' Circuit
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson describes his return to the broadcast industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson recalls joining WAPI-TV in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson describes his experiences as a television reporter in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson recalls covering the eruption of Mount St. Helens
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson remembers joining WISN-TV in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson remembers moving to Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson talks about his major news stories
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson describes his work schedule
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson describes his concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Roshell "Mike" Anderson narrates his photographs