(By Buzz Knight) Life is clearly too short. The news of the passing of Ron Tarsi is evidence of that fact. Ron was one of my first bosses in the real job world and although like many situations we had drifted apart, I thankfully before his passing got to tell him how much he meant to me.
My first job out of school, other than a blink of an eye stop in Lexington Kentucky was at I-95 WRKI in Brookfield Connecticut and that’s where I first met Ron.
He, along with a slew of other great people were fresh at the beginning of a mission to conquer the world of broadcasting.
We were all young, fresh, brash, naïve and wild eyed and Ron was the adult in the room.
Boy did we NEED the adult in the room then and from that first moment I met him he was a comforting figure in a very confused world.
Don’t get me wrong, we had a blast in those days learning the business but we knew virtually nothing on how to find our professional chops and Ron always had a grasp on things.
Then his role was News Director of WINE-AM/FM and he was one of those people who had naturally smooth talents as a presenter.
A voice that was like silk and a professionalism to match Ron was built on tremendous character and a big heart.
He had a tremendous sense of humor and early on you could see he would turn into a leader by the way he collaborated and brought the team together.
That leadership led him ultimately to the position of General Manager of the two facilities where he led a great band of merry men and woman to further heights.
Those two little stations in the shadow of New York City would prove to be a breeding ground for many talented people in the industry but more importantly Ron cast his imprint on how he helped shape the group as people.
Isn’t that the mark of a great leader and a great friend?
RIP Ron and Thank You!
Buzz Knight is the CEO of Buzz Knight Media and can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]