Ron Diaz

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Ron Diaz (born c. 1955) is an American radio talk show host on iHeartMedia, Inc.'s sports radio station WDAE (620 AM and 95.3 FM) in Tampa, Florida as the host of the highly rated The Ron & JP Show.

Radio career[edit]

The Ron & Ron Show[edit]

Main article: The Ron and Ron Show

In 1987, stand-up comedian Ron Bennington joined radio veteran Ron Diaz to create the wildly popular radio program, The Ron & Ron Show, at Tampa Bay's WYNF-FM, known as 95YNF. The show had huge ratings success and Ron & Ron known as "Radio's Bad Boys" then partnered with their agent Ross Reback to form The Ron & Ron Radio Network to own and syndicate the programming. The show's final broadcast for WYNF was on March 12, 1993. Reback became President and CEO of the newly formed network and quickly negotiated a deal to broadcast the show in Miami, FL, Orlando, FL, and Jacksonville, FL with another dozen markets soon following (including a new more lucrative deal in Tampa, FL).

Ron Diaz announced his departure on-air from The Ron & Ron Show in early 1997,[1] and on September 29, 1997 after a successful 11-year run the show ended.

Ross Reback successfully negotiated a divestiture of The Ron & Ron Radio Network through a sale to Paxson Communications Corp.[8] Ron Diaz announced his departure on-air from The Ron & Ron Show in early 1997[9] as Paxson prepared to relocate it from the network’s studios in St. Petersburg, FL to one in Hollywood, FL. Without Diaz, and under Paxson, the show soon floundered, and on September 29, 1997 after a successful 11-year run (the last few months of which featured several replacement hosts, all of whom took the name "Ron" in a failed attempted replacement of Diaz). Due to low ratings after Diaz's departure, The Ron & Ron Show was promptly canceled when Clear Channel Radio purchased the radio division of rightsholder, Paxson Communications, and opted not to continue the show.

Thunder 103.5[edit]

Ron Diaz announced his departure from The Ron & Ron Show on-air in 1997. A short time later, Diaz joined Clear Channel Radio's Classic Rock station WTBT-FM (Thunder 103.5) and launched the brand new The Ron Diaz Show, as the station launched its dial position on 103.5.

The Ron & Ian Show[edit]

Ron Diaz was partnered with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Ian Beckles for 12 years as the host of The Ron & Ian Show on WDAE (620 AM and 95.3 FM) in Tampa, FL. Beckles' contract was not renewed by the station, and he departed the show in December 2015.

The Ron & JP Show[edit]

As of January 2016, Ron Diaz is currently the host of The Ron & JP Show on WDAE (620 AM and 95.3 FM) in Tampa, FL with JP Peterson. Peterson is the former Sports Director of WFLA-TV Newschannel 8 in Tampa.

Personal life[edit]

On December 21, 1994 Ron Diaz announced that his wife Debbie was diagnosed with AIDS[2] and Diaz began periodically missing broadcasts to care for her.[citation needed] Debbie Diaz died on November 13, 1995.[3]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Ron and Ron The Ron and Ron Show fan site
  • Ron and JP Ron Diaz's and JP's website
  • [1] "Radio show tells of AIDS in personal way" Tom Zucco St. Petersburg Times Dec 21, 1994
  • [2] "Radio show mourns death of DJ's wife" St. Petersburg Times Nov 15, 1995