April 15 is Jim Roselle Day on WJTN and at Lucille Ball Little Theater
Contributed by: Walt Pickut
Jim Roselle enjoyed reminding people that his birthday was also tax day across the USA.
This year marks the 103rd anniversary of the income tax and April 15 would have been Jim Roselle’s 90th birthday… not quite as old as tax day itself, but far more beloved by all who knew him. His passing on March 23, 2016 – mere weeks before beginning his 10th decade – may have capped a brilliant career for this NY Broadcasters Hall of Famer, but his legacy is sure to continue for generations to come.
Jim Roselle fans and friends are being invited to tune in to WJTN-Jamestown, 1240 AM, on Friday, April 15 between 9:00 a.m. and noon for a special Jim Roselle Day on-air radio celebration. For Jim’s long-time listeners, naturally, that will only mean turning up the volume a notch, as their radios have already been locked onto WJTN for a good many years.
WJTN is the place where Jim and his ever-present microphone welcomed radio guests to his broadcast table for 61 years on the Jim Roselle Show. And for the last 41 years, serving as the unofficial but indispensable “Mayor of Bestor Plaza” at Chautauqua Institution, Jim invited world leaders, authors, celebrities and even astronauts into homes, cars and workplaces across Western New York, and more recently, around the world on Internet radio.
Jim Roselle Day will continue on Friday evening at the Lucille Ball Little Theater on opening night of the hilarious and fast-paced farce, “Nana’s Naughty Nickers”. To honor Jim’s longstanding support for LBLT and its great contribution to the life of the arts in Jamestown, copies of his recently published memoir, “The Best Times of My Life” will be available for purchase in the theater lobby before the show and during Intermission. Half of all proceeds will be contributed to the Lucille Ball Little Theater in Jim Roselle’s honor.