Here is the Bronze Statue of Ted Rogers Unveiled Earlier Today [PIC]

Earlier we told you about how Rogers was set to unveil a bronze statue of the company’s late founder, Ted Rogers, outside Rogers Centre in Toronto. The ceremony took place this morning and now the Rogers Redboard has posted an image of the statue, along with some relevant info by the corporate historian for Rogers, Ian Anthony:

Ted’s father, Edward S. Rogers Sr., laid the foundation for a proud tradition of simplicity and speed as early as 1924. At that time, radio receiver sets involved three large separate batteries and a mass of wires. Edward S. Rogers Sr. changed all that, inventing the first radio tube in the world operating from household electric current.  That meant people only needed to connect their radios to their home electricity, then they were good to go.  This revolutionized the industry, and was a leap forward in home entertainment. In fact, the first Rogers Radio slogan was ‘Just Plug In ~ Then Tune In!’ It was that simple.

Ted Rogers continued along his father’s path in telecommunications. Highlights from his career include:

  • Ted began in 1959 as a partner in CFTO-TV, the first private television station in Toronto;
  • In 1967, Rogers Cablesystems began bringing more clear television pictures to Toronto communities;
  • In 1972, Rogers Cable offered the first cable converters for Toronto – now you could leap beyond 12 channels to 19;
  • Rogers Cable brought Digital Cable in 2001
  • In 2002, Rogers introduced the ‘On Demand’ video service so you could see the movies and shows you wanted when you wanted;
  • Seven years later, Rogers On Demand Online offered those movies and shows as web-based entertainment streaming – a first for Canada.

Ted Rogers Statue

It’s clear the entrepreneurial spirit in Ted Rogers was influenced by his father, who helped changed the way we listened to radio.

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  • thewinnipegger

    i wonder how fast he’s spinning in his grave in how shitty his company has gotten.

  • Mark Holoubek

    He did oversee a lot of that shittiness.

  • Chrome262

    So for 30 years, Rogers did nothing to innovate, and seriously he didn’t before that as well. While his dad actually invented something old Ted just pushed forward what was invented by others and innovated by others at the time. All he did, was make money, now sure he had a good ability to spot a good investment. I wonder how long before someone defaces the statue.

  • Kent

    He did push forward one thing: prices.