Ron was born in Newcastle-on-Tyne in England. When the war started, his father was working for Warner Brothers and their head office in New York were offering to take any children of staff and place them in safely in the USA. Ron's father asked if he would like to go and within a week Ron and forty other children were sailing for the USA and Canada aboard the "Duchess of Atholl". After staying overnight at Montreal, the children were transported by rail to New York and were put up at an orphanage in the Bronx until accommodation could be found with various staff members. Ron was settled with a family in Brooklyn until 1942.
Whilst living in New York, Ron saw many a big band. He appeared at an amateur show in downtown Brooklyn and managed a second prize singing "I've Heard That Song Before", a Harry James hit at the time. In May 1943 Ron opted to return to the UK to join the armed services. He eventually received a transfer to the Combined Services Entertainment Unit and served in New Delhi. He toured with a dance band show until shortly after India gained their independence, returning to the UK in late 1947.
Ron returned to Newcastle-on-Tyne and succesfully auditioned at the BBC as a freelance vocalist. When things began to slacken off, he took up a job with a local canned food manufacturer as a rep. In l951 Ron was married and went to live in Doncaster Yorkshire, only occasionally appearing as a singer. In 1964 Ron and his wife emigrated to Australia. In between selling confectionery, he took an audition with a well known film and television company and was asked to appear in the very first episode of Division 4. For the next 30 years or so, Ron continued to appear in various TV and film dramas, not to mention quite a few TV ads.
Fifteen years ago Ron happened to be listening to 96.5 Inner FM and was very much taken with the format. He joined as a member and was trained as a presenter by Gordon Riddell. Several weeks later Gordon asked Ron "I'm throwing you to the wolves today with a two hour program" and Ron has been on air with us ever since. Ron, sometimes known as Sir Ron, presents "Mainly Standards" on Wednesdays from 12pm to 2pm (except 4th Wednesday) and from 12.30pm to 2pm (4th Wednesday).