‘First lady of Lexington television’: Longtime WKYT host June Rollings dies
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A longtime member of the WKYT television family has passed away.
June Rollings was the first lady of Lexington television. She co-hosted a morning talk show program in the 1960s in a time when men dominated the airwaves, she a first on Lexington television.
She welcomed stars like then-California Governor Ronald Reagan, Bob Hope and Lucille Ball to the bluegrass.
“WKYT has always been known for strong community connections, and she’s the one who started that,” said veteran WKYT anchor Barbara Bailey.
Bailey appeared on Rolling’s show when she was a college student at UK.
“She was gone by the time I started at WKYT, but man, she left such a huge legacy,” Bailey said.
The trail-blazer on the air was just as impressive off.
Before starting her decade-long career at WKYT, Rollings was a corporal in the Marine Corps and served during World War II.
After the war, and after her time at WKYT, she worked closely with American Legion posts, and her children say she was an advocate for women in the military.
She showed us women, even men, how to work hard, anchor confidently, and treat everyone compassionately.
“She was a pioneer in local TV,” Bailey said. “She was always warm and gracious and kind of bigger than life.”
Rollings was 96 years old.
Rollings’ son and daughter say they are still working on the funeral arrangements but tell us their mother will be buried at Camp Nelson.
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