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Capt. Ron Kay

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It was Cap’t Ron Kay’s big sister who inadvertently lit the fuse to his radio interest explosion. Ron was only 9 years old when Carolyn, who was just becoming a teenager, became a regular winner of a weekly contest on the local radio station. One of the prizes was to be the guest host of the next week’s show. The whole family would be at the radio station whenever Carolyn announced the top ten songs, and the future Cap’t Ron had his nose pressed up against the studio window, deciding right then and there -- “That’s what I wanna do!”

Ron built his first radio transmitter from a kit when he was 15. The signal could only be heard about 20 feet away on a good day, so Ron decided to double the signal by doubling the battery voltage. It worked for about a day before blowing up. Next was a factory assembled transmitter that was good for about 150 feet – enough to entertain the neighbors – until Ron was shown a magazine article about how to boost the signal with a special antenna and tuning circuit. Presto! Now he was up to ¼ mile! That kept him happy for about 6 months, until the bug for still more range bit him again. Next was an old “ham” transmitter purchased by mail-order. All he had to do was change the crystal to put him on the broadcast band, and…..WHAM! A 3 mile signal radius! Houston, Pennsylvania’s first and only radio station was born!

WAKE Radio, in Houston lasted about a year and a half until the “real” local station about 6 miles down the road found out about it. Thankfully, instead of turning him in to the FCC, Ron was offered an announcing position with the station. It was the Summer of ’69 and Ron still had his last year of high school to finish, so he worked fulltime in the afternoons for the rest of the summer, and part-time until he was out of school.

From 1970 to 1973 it was non-stop radio for Cap’t Ron, with stops in Washington, PA., Frederick, MD., Weirton, W.VA., Marion, IN., and Washington, DC. In the summer of ’73 the radio train pulled into sunny Florida, and Ron worked the next 29 years in the Orlando/Daytona Beach market.

In 2002 Ron built and operated Flagler Beach’s first locally programmed radio station, “The Blizzard”. By 2008, Ron could no longer “keep the Blizzard blowing” successfully, and decided to sell out and retire.

In the summer of 2014, another Flagler Beach radio station was up and running – “Surf 97.3”. Cap’t Ron asked the boss if he could come aboard and was welcomed with open arms! You see, while Cap’t Ron was running “The Blizzard”, Surfin’ Vern was working for Cap’t Ron. And now that Surfin’ Vern is running “Surf 97.3”, Cap’t Ron is working for Surfin’ Vern. Small World!

 

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SURF 97.3 Fm is a true community radio station, locally operated by volunteers from the Flagler Beach community. Local people create programming, design events, and keep the station up and running and on the air. All this programming is made possible thanks to the hard work of many dedicated volunteers and generous donations from people like you. Licensing, equipment, utilities, repairs... the costs will keep going up, year after year, but thanks to your support, SURF 97.3 will remain a vibrant voice in Flagler Beach and worldwide through our online stream.

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To find out how you can become an underwriter and support Surf Radio our email address is flaglerbeachradio@gmail.com. To donate via PayPal or using a credit card, simply click on the BLACK RADIO - DONATE to SURF 97.3 FM picture above. If you would like to donate even the old fashioned way, checks may be sent and made payable to SURF 97.3 FM, PO Box 1226 Flagler Beach, FL 32136.

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