Ron Chase, Managing Editor, Publisher & Co-Founder
Ron began his career in radio in June, 1970 with KPUR-AM/Amarillo. In 1976, he launched crosstown KQIZ-FM as "Z93," the market's first contemporary hit music outlet on the FM band. He left in 1978 to become Managing Editor of the trade publication, FRED magazine, published by Bob Hamilton and Buzz Bennett. He also published his own trade sheet "The Cue Sheet." In the early 80's, Chase worked with Mitch Craig at the William B. Tanner company in Memphis, before returning to radio programming that included a second stint at Z93.
In 1984, Ron and wife Lisa launched Supertraxx Production-Services, which was best known for its syndicated IDs and Sweepers package "Digitizers" -- voiced by John Young, and then later Charlie Van Dyke. It was voiceover talent, and the late Michigan programmer Jay J. McCrae (aka Jay Glass) who suggested that Ron & Lisa acquire a modem for the company's computer system. This move ultimately led to the creation of RADIO ONLINE.
Soon after installing a modem, Ron & Lisa became interested in Bulletin Board Systems. Ron, studying under Samuel H. Smith, developed and wrote his own BBS software and built the accompanying computer servers. In 1989, the husband and wife duo utilized their BBS software, computers and industry background to launch the RADIO ONLINE brand-- an industry first at the time. Ron has never used a web page editor and now speaks five programming languages fluently.
Today, Ron oversees the entire operations of the company as Managing Editor/Partner. What little spare time he spends with Lisa, their cats Gracie & Raphael, and rooting for the Dallas Cowboys (since 1962). Ron, a native Texan, is a Christian and a vegetarian (since 1984). If he could, he would eat nothing but Mexican (Tex-Mex) food.