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
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, for some of the biggest stations in the country. His list of stations includes working for radio programming pioneer and innovator Gordon McLendon at KEEL in Shreveport, where he pulled in amazing ratings in afternoon drive, and Plough’s flagship station, WPLO in Atlanta.

In the mid 1960’s, Ron temporarily gave up his successful radio career and returned to Plant City to help with his parents’ furniture and carpet business. He kept a foot in radio, though, and picked up a part-time job doing an afternoon air shift at WPLA. He was also the station’s play-by-play man for the Friday night Plant City High School football games.

Ron loved sports and said on many occasions that sports play-by-play was his real reason for wanting to get into the radio business. However, he was not a country music fan. So when WPLA flipped to a country format in 1970 he left and returned to radio in Atlanta. Since then, he has also been a force in syndicated satellite radio and has continued his interest in play-by-play as an announcer for Atlanta Hawks basketball games.

 

Station History

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

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