The Way It Used To Be

June 16, 2011 Updated Jun 16, 2011 at 10:23 PM EDT

By WKBW News

June 16, 2011 Updated Jun 16, 2011 at 10:23 PM EDT

I just returned from a nice event in Detroit/Windsor the other night. St. Clair College held a tribute dinner to honor the one and only Rosalie Trombley. Who is she, you might ask? Well she happens to be the lady with the "Golden Ears".
Before the Internet and when FM radio was only just beginning, recording artists couldn't even dream of having a hit record unless their song was actually played on the radio. Can you believe it?!
Of all the top-40 AM stations in North America, none was bigger than CKLW in the Windsor/Detroit market. A 50,000 watt monster at 800 on the dial. In the 1960's, 70's and 80's, "The Big 8", as it was known, launched the careers of many an artist, simply because Rosalie decided to play their records. She was the Music Director and once she put a song on the "play-list", it was pretty much guaranteed to be a hit.
Tony Orlando showed up in person at the dinner, to thank Rosalie for taking a chance on a song he did entitled, "Tie A Yellow Ribbon". There was a wonderful video tribute featuring personal thank yous from Paul Anka, Smokey Robinson, Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings, the members of Chicago and so many others.
It was a glorious night and I consider myself so lucky to have worked at CKLW during my radio days. It is even more special to have been a good friend of Rosalie for 40 years now.