Golden Age Radio Organist Rosa Rio Passes
May 17, 2010 at 4:28 AM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of "Golden Age" radio organist ROSA RIO, who died in SUN CITY CENTER, FL THURSDAY, three days short of her 108th birthday, reports the NEW YORK TIMES.
RIO was a silent movie theater organist before moving into radio as staff organist for NBC radio from the 1930's to 1960. She played the organ on several network shows and also provided accompaniment for television soap operas and NBC's "TODAY SHOW." In later years, she returned to playing in theaters, most notably at the TAMPA THEATER in FLORIDA.