It is a sorrowful day here at WTBF. Our dear friend Jim Rolling passed into
eternity early Wednesday morning.
Roling was a Trojan through and through. Born in Troy, a graduate of Troy
High School in 1961 and Troy State University in 1968 (with a BS in Social
Studies and History), he served his community and beyond. As announcer,
sportscaster, salesman, sales manager, general manager, and part owner of
Troy Broadcasting Corporation, Jim was an integral part of WTBF since 1961.
His honors and awards were numerous. They include Alabama Broadcasters
Association “Broadcaster of the Year” in 1998. President of the ABA, and in
2008 induction into the ABA Hall of Fame. Jim was a proud member of the
International Idea Bank, made up of small-market radio broadcasters from
across the globe. He was a regular member of the ABA Legislative Committee
that visited the Alabama members of the US Congress every February. Jim
presented at national broadcast meetings, was very active in numerous city
and state boards, including the Troy Rotary Club where he was a Paul Harris
Fellow. Jim adjudicated students in the Future Business Leaders of America
competitions, and was an Adjunct Professor in the Hall School of Journalism
& Communication at Troy University.
Jim and Angie Caylor married Aug. 24, right after college, and spent 10
years working as Sales Manager for WINH in South Carolina. He, Asa Dudley
and Joe Gilchrist bought WTBF-AM in 1986, and added the FM in the Fall of
1997. Jim has one daughter, Caylor, son-in-law Paul, granddaughter Rosadora,
one sister, Glendora, lots of beloved cousins, nieces, nephews &
great-nephews, and untold numbers of friends in Pike County, the state of
Alabama, and scattered across the USA and the world. Jim always referred to
all of us at WTBF as family. Today, our family is missing one of its own.
a memorial service for Jim Roling Saturday morning (8/25/2016) at 11:00 at
Mt. Hillard Methodist Church with Reverend David Kirby and Dr. Patrick
McWhorter officiating, Green Hills Funeral Home directing. Visitation is
Friday afternoon (8/24/2016) from 4:00-6:00 at the Funeral Home and Saturday
(8/25/2016) one hour prior to the service at the church.