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KSUT bids a fond farewell to Ron Fundingsland
April 9, 2010, 11:40 am
Filed under: Arts & Culture, KSUT happenings, KSUT news, music

A beauty from the archives - Dianne Reeves visits with Ron at the KSUT studios.

After 15 years as our resident jazz aficionado, Ron Fundingsland is leaving KSUT to pursue other interests. Ron has shared his extensive knowledge of, and incredible ear for jazz through his popular weekly program  Straight Ahead. His made-for-radio voice has ushered listeners through All Things Considered and evening programming several nights a week. His appreciation and broad knowledge of music of all kinds have made his Afternoon Blends among our best.

Ron’s behind-the-airwaves work at KSUT has also made him a significant asset.   He established KSUT as a credible resource for new jazz within the closely knit industry, and, despite our small station size, is recognized as one of the premier  jazz directors in public radio.  Ron also managed the station’s public service announcements for several years, maintaining an online and on-air calendar in support of local non-profits.

While he is known to listeners for his on-air creativity, there is a visual side to his artistry that should not be missed.  Ron is a professional artist, one area he intends to return his focus to following his departure from KSUT. He creates intaglio prints and etchings in his studio in Bayfield. His remarkable work is represented in galleries and art museum collections around the country.

Ron will be greatly missed by staff and listeners alike.  We wish him the very best. Check out his work:www.ronfundingsland.com

The final broadcast of Straight Ahead will be Tuesday, April 13, 8-11 PM.

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We often would say “I bet Ron Fundingsland’s on the air” when we turned on KSUT and heard a couple of songs in the blend before we heard his voice. His blends were always distinctive, classy, and sometimes surprising. Of course, we loved Straight Ahead. Thanks for all the wonderful music, Ron.

Bob Dawes and Carla Finlay

Comment by Carla Finlay

Gonna miss the great music, Ron! Absolutely gonna miss it! Thanks for the toonz.

Comment by Susan Davids

We’ll miss you, Ron….the music and the voice! Whatever you’re off to do, I wish you the best – Enjoy it!

Comment by Judy

I can’t believe you’re letting Marian McPartland beat you for the longevity award. Thanks for all the great jazz nights, and good luck!

Comment by Kynan

I “met” Ron online on a jazz forum a decade or so ago, and we knew pretty quickly that we had a lot in common … primarily jazz radio & art, and became fast friends. I worked for KJZZ-FM in Anchorage, Alaska, and am also a visual artist, though not nearly as well-established and respected as Ron.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed tuning in to Ron’s weekly 3-hour program (Straight Ahead) each Tuesday evening for many years and will miss it dearly. It was one of my few weekly rituals.

What great taste and care you brought to your jazz show, Ron. Kudos, pal.

As my friend Jim Pepper often said … “Big Love”, Ron.

Comment by Ron Thorne

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