Country Radio Pioneer Rosalie Allen Dies

Singer and radio pioneer Rosalie Allen, 79, died Sept. 24 in Van Nuys, Calif., where she had been suffering from congestive heart failure. Born in the Pennsylvania coal mining country, Allen was just 13 when she won a talent contest and hit the road with a touring band. Known as the Queen of the Yodelers, Allen arrived in New York City in 1943 as part of Denver Darling’s Swing Billies. A year later, she became one of the first female disc jockeys as host of her Prairie Stars show on WOV-AM/New York. By 1949, she was hosting a country program on a New York television station. Allen owned the first country record shop in New York, wrote columns for several country music magazines and scored hits in 1946 and 1950 for RCA Records. She was inducted into the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame in 1999. 09/29/03