KNBC’s Fred Roggin Launches New Show in Palm Springs

By Kevin Eck 

Former KNBC sports anchor Fred Roggin has a new gig after his retirement last year.

Roggin left KNBC last January after 42 years and is now doing a show on Palm Springs, Calif. NBC affiliate KMIR weekdays at 6:30 p.m.

In an announcement on its website, the Palm Springs NBC affiliate said, “He will be hosting a new news broadcast at 6:30 pm. The Roggin Report will tackle the day’s news topics with reaction and discussion and bring you the news in a new, fresh format. You’ll definitely want to tune in beginning Tuesday, January 2nd at 6:30 pm.”


“I love the desert. I love the valley. And I wanted to come out here,” Roggin told the Desert Sun. “And a lot of people come out here to play golf. I plan to play a little golf, but I also am going to play TV in my retirement.”

News director David Reese, who met Roggin when he was an assignment editor in Los Angeles, plans to produce a news show that he hopes will change the regular newscast format.

“My vision was and is to stop covering all the Circle K robberies and the small petty crimes and the things that don’t really have anything to do with anything, DUIs and car crashes,” Reese told the Desert Sun. “Crime is the crack cocaine of TV news. It’s low hanging fruit. It’s easy, it’s cheap and it is bad for you. We have got to stop doing it. And we have rendered ourselves so irrelevant to the audience that they stopped watching.”

“This gives me an opportunity to do the kinds of things I love to do,” Roggin said. “I would think it is safe to say I am intimately involved in all the things the station is doing. This is more than just me being on TV.”