Rosalie Trombley, hit-record power broker and music industry giant, dies at 82

Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Entertainment News

"It was just magical, the way it was programmed," he said. "All this diverse repertoire somehow worked on this one radio station."

Trombley's CKLW reign from 1967 to 1984 was followed by stints at Detroit's WLTI-FM and Toronto oldies station CKEY. She ultimately returned to Windsor and worked in the marketing department at the now-Caesars Windsor before retiring in 2008.

Son Tim Trombley said his mother's proudest work was her family. She was a single mom raising two sons and a daughter.

"She loved her job, but did what she could to raise her three kids," Tim Trombley said. "She had this cool job and this great influence, but in her mind, that was secondary to raising us."


Trombley is survived by her son Tim Trombley and his wife, Renee Trombley; son Todd Trombley; daughter Diane Lauzon and her husband, David Lauzon; and grandson Bobby Lauzon.

A private service will be held for family members and friends.


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