Who's Who at WPLA

Ron's Co-Workers

Al Berry
Dave Campbell
Eileen Connor
Dick Elliott
Mary Jim Everidge
Florida Citrus Mutual Calling
Trooper Jim Foster
George Friend
Gospel Homecoming
Dennis Hair
Charles Hasbrouck
Ernest Holbrook
Mike Keen
Ed LaFumee
Charlie Mack
Jim Maloy
Joe Penny
Lola Pullen
Jim Richardson
Jack Rushing
Frank Schulte
Dick Shiflett
Doris Smith
Ercelle Smith
W. A. Smith
Steve Sparkman
This 'n That
Joe Wilson

Ron Baxley

To pursue his radio career, Ron left his hometown, Plant City, in 1956 for some of the biggest stations in the country after attending the University of Florida and serving in Army Intelligence as a cryptographer in Naples, Italy. 

His list of stations is impressive and includes those of radio programming pioneer and innovator Gordon McLendon (for whom he worked as music director Mack Sanders at KEEL in Shreveport and KTSA in San Antonio). He also worked at stations in Alabama and Georgia (WPLO/Atlanta).

In the mid 1960’s, Ron temporarily gave up his successful radio career and returned home to help out with his parents’ furniture and carpet business. But he kept a foot in radio, picking up a part-time job doing afternoons at hometown station WPLA, and play-by-play for its Friday night Plant City High School football games.

Not a country music fan, he left WPLA when the station flipped to a country format in 1970 and returned to radio in Atlanta. He also went on to do syndicated satellite radio (morning man for the Satellite Music Network) and play-by-play for Atlanta Hawks basketball.

Ron passed away at home May 10, 2021 in Grayslake, IL at age 89.


Station History

1966 - 1970 WPLA (Sports)
1966 - 1970 WPLA (On Air Personality)

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