February brings some new faces to the Inspired Mic at Leroy’s 19th Hole, the Country Club restaurant and bar for the Cypress Knoll Golf Course in Palm Coast. In the coming two weeks this site will display the presenters who will be on stage on February 17th. With two months under our belt at Leroy’s, we feel we have the recipe for an even better event this month! We are excited about our growth and the community’s interest in local talent. Please check back each day for a little insight into our Inspired Mic Event presenters!
Renny Roker knew from an early age he wanted to be a radio disc jockey and at the end of each school day at the age of 14 Renny was Renny “Dr Jive” Roker spinning records and exciting thousands of people in his own Caribbean home and hundreds of thousands throughout most of the Caribbean. From there College in Puerto Rico and a 2 year stint on a local TV Soap Opera (Recuerdos de Maria) began an illustrious TV Series in the Caribbean.
What makes Renny Unique is his vast history in the entertainment industry where he first began representing Nat “King” Cole own Record Company, plus promoting Mr Cole’s own recording. “Ramblin Rose” was Renny’s first introduction to promoting a million seller plus, and it only got better.
After the success with Mr. Cole Renny was fired and shipped off to Los Angeles to meet Otto Preminger head of Paramount Studios, and Al Bennet owner of Liberty Records. Mr Preminger put Renny into the “Gomer Pyle Series” and Mr Bennet made Renny Sr Vp of Promotion, and shortly after gave him his own label to promote which had produced more tha 5 Gold Records Sold Artist and over 10 million records sold.
Working at Paramount Studios in Gomer Pyle, several Movies Of The Week, Mod Squad, Mission Impossible, and many other TV Series Roker finally left the music business to seek a career in Film & TV. His first motion Picture featured Jackie Gleason, George Raft, and many other stars. Renny became a recurring regular on Gomer Pyle and the star of his own series “Nobody’s Perfect” on ABC which lasted 1 season. Somewhere in the middle of all that he decided he wanted to produce his own TV programs and films and became the first African American to produce their own Sports Series and Specials for ESPN, ABC, NBC, CBS, and later The Golf Channel.
Before producing his Americas Paradise Triathlon for NBC Network & Worldwide TV Renny was producing a TV Series he created called Through The Eyes Of A Child (700 episodes) it was the most watched TV Series in the Caribbean and grossed double it’s nearest competitor in Ad Revenue. Renny said it was the INCREASED GRADE AVERAGES this series developed that pleased him the most. Renny built a 6 Million Dollar production facility that produced programs, films, TV Specials etc. for the Caribbean.
What was amazing he was also simultaneously a recurring regular in the Hit TV Series “HILL STREET BLUES” Renny would (every month) travel from St Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands to Los Angeles in order to film an episode. One day after falling asleep, Renny awoke and couldn’t remember if he was on the way to Los Angeles or on his way home to St Croix. He called his agent on arrival in Los Angeles to tell him that he couldn’t continue and his agent told him “not to worry because you die in the next episode”. The show shut down that year. It was a memory he will never forget.
So now he is writing his book “POSITIVITY” and working on a Film called “PATCHES” plus, plus, plus, which also includes working with my company to turn this program into a TV Series.