Ralph B. Johnson
Johnson graduated with honors from Bowling Green (WV) Business University with a degree in accounting, after studying pre-law at West Virginia University. He had always wanted to live in Florida and came to the Sunshine State initially to work with a CPA firm in West Palm Beach.
In the early 50s, the Charleston, WV native joined a Miami radio station as a bookkeeper and became so enthralled with broadcasting that when the station was sold to Robert Rounsaville, the company moved him up to a general manager’s position at one of its new stations in Cincinnati.
In 1961, he was promoted to vice-president and director of sales at the home office of Rounsaville Radio in Atlanta, then to executive vice-president in 1967, and finally president in 1970. In 1979, he resigned to form his own company and purchased New Port Richey’s WGUL AM & FM.
Johnson kept the stations for about five years. During that time, he flipped the FM calls to WPSO and a 60’s oldies format before selling the combo to former Pittsburgh deejay Carl Marcocci in 1984.
1979 - 1984 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (Management)