Rosalie Trombley, CKLW's program director during the heyday of the late-1960s, early-1970s, will receive an honorary diploma from St. Clair College and have a scholarship named in her honour next June. Trombley picked the songs that aired on the Big 8's Top 40, thereby giving them instant hit status because of the station's massive audience stretching over several Northeastern U.S. states and much of southern Ontario. She was memorialized in Bob Seger's 1972 song, Rosalie.
"She was pivotal in turning songs into hits," said Fred Sorrell, station manager from 1969 to 1972.
Sorrell currently works for St. Clair College and is one of the organizers of next June's event, which includes a fundraising dinner on June 14 and the conferring of the diploma at the June 16 convocation ceremonies. Money raised at the dinner will help establish a scholarship in Trombley's name for St. Clair's performing arts students... Rosalie Trombley to be honoured by Windsor's St. Clair College (Fri, 12/3)
WOMC picks up Lennon radio special
Classic Hits WOMC FM 104.3 Detroit is scheduled to broadcast a two-hour radio special on Sunday December 5th at 10 p.m. centering on the final interview with John Lennon, as recorded December 8, 1980 in New York City at the Lennon's Dakota apartment, only hours before John's death.
The same team that conducted and recorded the interview (Dave Sholin, Laurie Kaye, Ron Hummel and Burt Keane) have come together 30 years later to re-create the event. Along with presenting highlights from that historic interview, Sholin, Kaye, Hummel and Keane relay their own unique memories of that day, including events leading up to the interview, meeting John and his wife Yoko, special observations during the interview, even a chance curb-side encounter after the interview with the deranged killer who would gun down Lennon that night, Mark David Chapman. All mixed with music from the Double Fantasy album and memorable Beatles songs as discussed by John and Yoko.
CBC Radio One/Windsor prepares for move to FM
In recent days CBC Radio One station CBEW FM 97.5 Windsor has started testing. After a period of simulcasting longtime Radio One station CBE AM 1550, it's expected that the AM station will sign off permanently. A likely result of the change will be dramatically reduced coverage area for 97.5 versus the AM signal on 1550 in parts of Michigan and Ohio. CBC also owns FM 89.9 in Windsor, currently home of its Radio Two service.