Bette Rogge Morse

 

Bette Rogge Morse (1922-2015) was a long-time radio and television personality known as the Grande Dame of Dayton area broadcasting. Born in Dayton, she was a graduate of the University of Dayton and did post-graduate work at Northwestern and Columbia Universities.  She began her career in radio and then became the first woman in the area to host a local television variety show.  She was a regular radio and television commercial announcer in both Columbus and Dayton.  She was on the cutting edge of color TV and did the first color national TV program from Wright–Patterson Air Force Base.  Sought after as in interviewer for visiting celebrities, she was always prepared and was a natural in front of a camera.  As a reporter, she interviewed countless individuals and covered events of national and international significance.  She joined the UD faculty in the Department of Communications and was among the first women to serve on the UD Board of Trustees.  The Salvation Army benefitted from her talents when she served as president of the local chapter. She was awarded an honorary degree of Humane Letters from UD in 1999 for her service to the community and her career achievements and was inducted into the Dayton Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2003.