Written by Mark Griffin
Friday, 17 October 2008 15:12
Former Press sports editor and longtime broadcaster Rick Waldron is still a busy man these days.
Waldron, 61, an ordained minister who retired as general manager of Toledo Christian radio station WPOS-FM on Sept. 10, was the station's morning drive host from 1998-2002. When Ray Turkington retired as the station's GM in February of 2002, Waldron took over that position.
"It was sort of like being the quarterback," Waldron recalled. "You get too much credit when things go right and too much blame when things go wrong. I was responsible for the on-air product, hiring and firing people, dealing with programmers, musical artists...
"WPOS is real unique, a hybrid. Most radio stations are either talk or music. WPOS is like a 50-50 split. It's been on the air since 1966 and it's always been like that, half and half. We converted it into Southern gospel. When I left, we learned we were the 10th-largest Southern gospel station in the country."
When asked why he decided to leave the station, Waldron said, "There is a Bible verse about seasons for everything."
"My season with WPOS and me was over," he said. "It's in good hands. They have good people there. I had a great staff and they're going to do just fine."
Waldron and his wife of 15 years, Deanna, are both trained grant writers and they have been asked to do some grant writing for local ministries.
Waldron, who has been a radio announcer on local high school and Owens Community College basketball games for WCWA, WSPD and 1470 The Ticket with Norm Wamer, is also working on a book with his wife.
"To do all these things like grant writing - Deanna and I are both ordained ministers and we do premarital counseling and marriages - I spend a lot of creative time coming up with The Waldron Company. That's just to have something to put all of this under."
Waldron spent more than 20 years in the insurance business until he and Deanna married on Jan. 1, 1994. The two of them have seven children and nine grandkids.
"I came back here to Genoa and I wanted to start a sporting goods company," Waldron said, "but I had more ideas than capital."
Waldron's broadcasting career began in the summer of 1995, at Christian radio station WJYM in Perrysburg.
"I walked into WJYM to buy some advertising," he said. "When I left (that day), I was the new host of what turned out to be the second Christian sports talk show in the country. The first one was at WJR back in the early 1990s with Chuck Swirski."