WOGL's 'Big Ron' O'Brien Passes Away
April 27, 2008 at 2:39 PM (PT)
Shocker! According to PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER reporter MICHAEL KLEIN, radio has lost another legendary personality with the sudden death of CBS Oldies WOGL/PHILADELPHIA afternoon personality 'BIG RON' O'BRIEN (4/28), due to complications of pneumonia. This comes just a month after the passing of JACK ARMSTRONG (NET NEWS 3/24).
O'BRIEN, who had been sidelined for the last two months, was recovering and was set to be transferred to a rehabilitation center to complete his recovery, according to KLEIN's report.
This was RON's latest of several stints in PHILLY, the first at then-Top 40 giant WFIL-A from 1976-79. He also worked at WYXR (STAR 104.5) in 1996 and joined WOGL in 2002. Other stops in his career included KUDL-A/KANSAS CITY, KTLK-A/DENVER, WQXI-A/ATLANTA, WCFL-A/CHICAGO, WXLO (99X)/NEW YORK, WOKY-A/MILWAUKEE, KWK/ST. LOUIS KFI-A and KIIS-FM/LOS ANGELES.
ALL ACCESS Publisher JOEL DENVER noted, "This is truly a great loss for many of his close friends and the radio industry as well. People with as big a heart and passion for what they do, like BIG RON, don't come along every day. He will truly be missed by me and thousands of others."
Services are being planned and look to be set for FRIDAY.