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Director of Engineering
Ron came to WKSU after serving as the chief engineer of radio station WCRF in Cleveland for eight years. When he joined the staff of WKSU in 1990 as Director of Engineering the station's main transmitter was located on the campus of Kent State University and WKSU had only two other very low power stations; one in New Philadelphia and the other in Wooster. And, the station had only three studios; all of which were in less than good condition. With the help of a great WKSU staff, Ron and his assistants have expanded the WKSU network to four repeater stations, two low-power translator stations, a standby transmitter site on the Kent State campus and a greatly improved main transmitter site now located in Copley.
That expansion facilitated the audience growth of WKSU making the station Ohio's most listened to public radio station. During his tenure at WKSU Ron was also heavily involved in the design, construction and implementation of WKSU's premiere Broadcast Center building located on the Kent State campus. Ron is a 1996 Inductee into the Ohio Broadcaster's Hall of Fame. He is an active member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, the Audio Engineering Society, the Acoustical Society of America and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.
Ron has also written several technical articles of which were all nationally published and recently authored the Society of Broadcast Engineer's Radio Operator Certification Handbook. Ron lives in North Canton with his wife Pat and Boston Terrier Max. In his spare time he enjoys sailing, photography and traveling but now that he has recently become a grandfather all of that other stuff may be set aside.
Ron began his broadcasting career in the early 1960s working as an engineering assistant at a small radio station in western Pennsylvania. Since that time, he has enjoyed a wonderful career in the broadcast, recording and professional sound industries. Throughout his career Ron has witnessed many changes in broadcast technology. He is currently looking forward to establishing an all-digital facility for the entire WKSU network of stations as well as its ten-studio broadcast center and the station's two regional news bureaus. And, he is always on the look-out for further WKSU signal expansion opportunities. So, stay tuned!
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