Rollin's first project was produced in the early 1980's at Celesta Recording Studios in Colorado with the help of Steve Avedis and Dan Diamond. It was done in less than two weeks and was released under the Appaloosa Records label. Over the next decade Dale's music received airplay in the country genre' (a real stretch for Dale, since he had grown up playing rock and roll!). It also became well known by tourists around the world when they purchased his music at lodges deep in the Wild & Scenic sections of the Rogue River. What really pleased Dale the most was that his songs began to receive airplay across diverse countries and cultures around the globe--as genuine Americana. Because it was genuine; about real people and places in American history. It was those first songs (and their stories) that would become the core content for a script that would become the foundation for Dale's live radio theater in 2001.
In the late 1990's Dale heard about the approaching Lewis and Clark Bi-Centennial (to run from 2001-2003). He connected with several heritage organizations about his plan to produce a live-radio theater show; about real people and places of the Northwest since the time of captains Lewis & Clark. After all, the Granada Theater was the first "talkie" west of the Mississippi; it had historical significance. And, Lewis and Clark had even camped just a few hundred feet from that very location in the Columbia River Gorge (i.e. Fort Rock); verified in their own journal. So, with help of family, musicians, friends, and volunteers the project began to gather public support and real momentum around 2000. His friend John Rockwell agreed to handle the broadcast engineering; he also would serve as the shows host and narrator. He had expertise necessary to record, edit, and can the final product for possible satellite uploads at some later date (The History channel was interest in the project as well as the A&E network). He even contacted historians Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns about the historical correctness of his material. The rest is history.