Another of the really great jock talents passed this weekend when WOGL’s Ron O’Brien died suddenly from pneumonia.
“Big Ron” was a night-time killer on WCFL Chicago during the early 70s.
In those days we’d tune in at the top of the hour just to hear him do the legal ID.
He generated a certain kind of excitement by doing the liner……”9 O’Clock at the Voice Of Labor, Big Ron In The Night-Time”, followed by the Jingle…”WCFL, Chicago”.
Ron worked on several stations over the years including WFIL, WQXI and KIIS Los Angeles. He adapted to the changes the top 40 format went through over the years, always sounding great.
In recent years it was fun to visit Philly and hear his energy on WOGL.
For years whenever I have needed inspiration, I would always bring out the WCFL airchecks and listen to the IDs done by Big Ron O’Brien.
One of the greats. He’ll be missed.