Ronnie Gee (Ron St. John) arrived at WGTO in late 1968 after moving back to the states from Hawaii. Already Music Director at the station, he added Program Director duties in 1971 and was the driving force behind WGTO becoming Central Florida’s powerhouse Top 40 “Rock of Florida.”
Ronnie remembers, “Trying to compete for listeners with the Tampa, St. Pete and Orlando stations didn’t prove to be very difficult at the time. They were playing 20 songs in current rotation over and over and we opened (up) the play list. We played the Big 54. Any new song released that was making it big elsewhere was added. We were the fresh sound, plus we were local (and were) able to talk about the community and service it while playing the hottest Top 40 hits nobody dared play, until of course they reached the top 20 across the nation.”
Ronnie also picked up some easy extra money announcing ski shows for Cypress Gardens and even continued programming the music for them for about ten years after he left WGTO. Since that time he has been driving listeners home each afternoon on South Florida radio.
In 2000 Ronnie retired as PA announcer for the Miami Dolphins at Pro Player Stadium, having called every home game in which Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino played. You may already be familiar with his voice from numerous television commercials where he has pitched everything from automobiles to $19.95 gadgets for the kitchen. He is also one of the busiest mobile DJ’s in South Florida, specializing in birthday parties, anniversaries, and high school reunions.
Today (2006) Ronnie plays the oldies at Miami’s Majic 102.7 where he’s been since 1987, and also hosts a public affairs talk show on Sunday mornings. By the way, if you have a copy of an old WGTO music survey that pictures a little girl in diapers on the floor playing with a stack of 45’s – that little girl is Ronnie’s daughter, Jen, who is now Jen Ryan, a New York City stage actress, writer, producer and director.
1968 - 1973 WGTO-AM 540 - Haines City (On Air Personality)
1971 - 1973 WGTO-AM 540 - Haines City (Program Director)