Ron Raymond is the General Manager of WCTL and CEO of Inspiration Time, Inc. He has been a part of the WCTL family since January of 1992. He has risen through the ranks holding the positions of Program Director and Operations Manager before assuming his current roles in 2004. Ron has spent his fair share of time on the air for WCTL, as well. Ron co-hosted “The Good Guys in the Morning in the 90s and early 2000s and has been a play-by-play announcer for WCTL’s award-winning high school football coverage since 1994.
Ron has been involved in broadcasting for over 30 years. Ron earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania where he currently serves as an adjunct professor. He earned a Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Ron and his wife have three daughters and a son.
Q&A with Ron:
Favorite scripture verse
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Why radio? How did you get into radio?
I have always loved music but was not gifted with great talent as a musician. I went to college to pursue a career in television, but soon discovered a passion for radio. I received my training at WFSE-FM and was hired out of an internship for my first professional job in the industry at WSEG-FM. Over time, I have worked about every job in radio and several different formats at various stations.
What hobbies do you have in your free time?
I have very little free time, but when the opportunity presents I love to travel, enjoy scuba diving, and taking in concerts/shows of a great variety. I also collect antique radios and have a jukebox I like tinkering with.
What is your favorite TV show from your childhood?
Oh, without a doubt, the original Batman series starring Adam West as the caped crusader! I still enjoy seeing episodes on DVD when I get a chance (and enjoy the humor I didn’t catch from the series as a child).
What is your fondest WCTL memory?
I can’t really limit my response to just one. Among the highlights:
What do you love about working at WCTL?
For six years, the station hosted a Christian music festival on Labor Day weekend. It grew with each passing year but escalating costs made it untenable to continue. However, those events remain some of my favorite memories. I think the last festival with Michael Tait in 2005 was perhaps the most memorable for me. His band’s performance was dynamic and the energy from the huge crowd was electrifying.
As a sportscaster, I will also never forget scrambling like crazy to put together an hour-long pre-game show and then providing live play-by-play coverage of the General McLane Lancers state football championship victory in 2006. The contest went down to the very end and was the first time we ever had the privilege of calling a state championship game. Our adrenaline as broadcasters probably matched that of the players. We received a huge response from fans and won our first state sportscasting award for the broadcast.
There are so many fond memories from my time with MBM, Margaret, Lori, and others on the morning show. I could never possibly capture all the fun and amazing times we experienced. Every day was a new adventure!
Everything about it. We have the privilege of working together (and with incredible volunteers!) in a medium that combines inspiration, entertainment, and information. Being immersed in a ministry is the most rewarding and taxing thing you could imagine. Every day is different and you never know when something unique is going to happen to inspire, challenge, or change you.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I remember early on wanting to be a cowboy…and then, of course, a superhero.
What is your favorite non-scripture quote?
I like a lot of quotes for different reasons. A few current favorites that may seem like downers but actually inspire and challenge me to live each day to the fullest:
“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
"So many people tiptoe through life, so carefully, to arrive, safely, at death." ~ Anonymous
“Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” ~ Robin Williams, Dead Poets Society.