She’s credited with making the careers of Canadian music icons like The Guess Who, Gordon Lightfoot, Paul Anka, Bachman Turner Overdrive, and Burton Cummings — and now the “Girl with the Golden Ear” is being recognized with a Juno award.
Legendary local radio figure Rosalie Trombley, music director during the “Big 8” era of CKLW, will receive a special achievement award at the 2016 edition of the Juno awards.
“It’s always very important for us to honour pioneers of the industry,” said Allan Reid, Juno awards CEO.
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Congratulations Rosalie! There is no one who has contributed more to Canadian music more deserving of this honour than you.
Is there any other music director who ever inspired a pop song?
Although Bob Seger’s “Rosalie” wasn’t a big hit, it properly chronicled her knack for picking hits in the Detroit market which frequently presaged their popularity across the US.
Glad to know she’s still alive and kicking. An early exemplar of Grrrl power.
The story of Rosalie and CKLW is told in the excellent documentary “Radio Revolution: The Story of the Big 8”. I couldn’t find it in the itunes store so it looks like ordering the DVD from the producers is your best bet.