Radio large Rosalie Trombley, CKLW’s hit-report ability broker, dies

Rosalie Trombley

Rosalie Trombley, the golden-eared tastemaker who turned one of North America’s most strong radio programmers, died Tuesday of problems from Alzheimer’s illness, her loved ones claimed. She was 82.

As music director at Windsor’s 50,000-watt CKLW-AM across the Detroit River, the unassuming Ontario native was a audio-business force setting up in the late ’60s — breaking hits, participating in musical kingmaker and turning the station into an influential continental player.

“Rosalie was an icon, a trailblazer and our pal,” Bob Seger stated in a statement. “As a result of her difficult work and outstanding instincts, she accomplished a uncommon stage of impact and electrical power in music. When she obtained at the rear of your history, other stations would comply with go well with. She was literally a gatekeeper to national achievements and we have been so lucky to have her guidance, particularly on a lot of of our early documents. She was an integral component of our journey and we are eternally grateful. We will pass up her.”

Rosalie Trombley, left, with Bob Seger and gold-record plaques for his 1978 album "Stranger in Town."

Born in Leamington, Ontario, Rosalie Trombley moved back again to the city about 5 several years in the past and was in an assisted dwelling facility there at the time of her death.

“She just had this innate perception for what artists, what music, could have mass attraction,” claimed her son Tim Trombley. “The ability of AM radio back then was genuinely immeasurable. It was a very particular time.”