Jim Rogers, philanthropist, education advocate and owner of KSNV-TV, the NBC television affiliate for Southern Nevada, died Saturday evening at his Las Vegas home Saturday night following a lengthy battle with cancer. A 1956 graduate of Las Vegas High School, Rogers earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a law degree, both from the University of Arizona. He also earned a master of law degree from the University of Southern California. In addition to KSNV, Rogers owned several other television stations in the West. Through Rogers’ interest in Western and cowboy movie history he discovered the California town of Lone Pine, which has been used as a venue for movies since the era of Hollywood silent filmmaking. Rogers created and financed “The Beverly and Jim Rogers Lone Pine Film History Museum” that celebrates and preserves the diverse movie history of Lone Pine, Death Valley and the Eastern Sierra where hundreds of films have been shot. Many of the museum displays and memorabilia were found and contributed by Rogers. Rogers also collected more than 300 automobiles, many of which are antiques. All the cars are fully restored and most are functional. His collection celebrates American-made automobiles with a few foreign cars favored by U.S. collectors. Rogers is survived by wife Beverly and three children. You can find more details about his life at the links below.
Jim's Celebration of life was Saturday, in Las Vegas. The tribute was broadcast live on Jim's NBC Station, KSNV and simultaneously streamed over the Internet. The program is below, you can click on it to view. Also noted below is the Boards thoughts on Jim's contributions to Lone Pine.
In the mid-1990s Jim Rogers trailed into Lone Pine, California, the small Eastern Sierra community that annually celebrates Hollywood’s long-standing love affair with the unique landscape of the Alabama Hills. Jim loved the heroes and heroines of classic Hollywood and so it was a natural thing for him to embrace the community and their efforts to celebrate Western heroes like Tom Mix, Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy, The Lone Ranger, Gene Autry and John Wayne, to name a few.