Rosalie Trombley to be Honoured with Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award

Renowned CKLW Hitmaker and Former Radio Music Director to Receive the Prestigious Award at the 45th Annual JUNO Awards in Calgary, AB

TORONTO, Jan. 19, 2016 /CNW/ - The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today announced Rosalie Trombley as the recipient of the 2016 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, which recognizes individuals who have made an impact on the Canadian music industry. Known as "the girl with the golden ear" due to her keen ability to choose hit songs and create music programming that appealed to broad audiences, Trombley was a true forerunner for women in radio between 1967 and 1993. She will be honoured at the 2016 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards on Saturday, April 2 in Calgary, Alberta as part of JUNO Week festivities. 

Trombley's tenure as a music director and one of the few female executives in radio at the time stretched over twenty years. Her decision to give records exposure led to the rise in popularity of countless talented artists, while also solidifying her position as one of the most powerful forces in the industry. Trombley is particularly credited for the breakthroughs of Canadian artists into the United States, including Gordon Lightfoot's, "If You Could Read My Mind", The Guess Who's "These Eyes", Paul Anka's "You're Having My Baby", Bachman Turner Overdrive's "Taking Care of Business", and Burton Cummings' "Stand Tall" amongst many others.

"I am deeply moved and humbled by this tremendous honour, as the recipient of this year's Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award. The BIG 8 was a powerful force in broadcasting, with a signal that reached millions of listeners," said Rosalie Trombley. "I will always consider myself fortunate to have played a role in such a significant era of music and proud of the exposure CKLW afforded many, now legendary and superbly talented, Canadian artists."

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The 45th Annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week will be held in Calgary, Alberta, March 28-April 3, 2016.


For further information: For more information on CARAS and the 2016 JUNO Awards, contact: Adrienne Kakoullis, 416-628-5610,; Vanessa Andres, 416-628-5612,; Jackie Koffman, 416-628-5608,

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