Ron “The Hammer” Renner is a DJ at WCTL. Ron has been at WCTL for nearly 20 years. He previously worked as the evening host from 5-11 p.m. four nights a week. Ron currently works full-time at a local machine shop.
Ron was born and raised in Harborcreek. He earned a B.A. in History from Mercyhurst in 2010. Ron is married to Debbie, and they have two daughters, Courtney and Danielle, and a son, Shawn. Ron can be heard on WCTL in a rotation for Saturday afternoons and Sunday evenings.
Q&A with Ron:
I’m not one for favorites. I am appreciative that the Scriptures are written for me and equally for everyone else. How can I choose between selections that guarantee my salvation, encourage me when I’m down, lead me in productive living and provide a context of relevance for the decisions that I make? Selecting a favorite verse is like selecting a favorite ingredient in chocolate chip cookies. Some are good when extracted, but all are great when combined.
Why radio? How did you get into radio?
Admittedly, I was the geeky kid who voiced over songs on tapes I created for myself. I enjoy the fact that I can be boldly in front of people while simultaneously hiding out of sight. Though not classically trained, Joel Natalie (former GM of WCTL) gave me some direction and an opportunity. Crossing shifts with Ron Raymond provided substantial interaction and, perhaps, an occasional chuckle or two.
What hobbies do you have that you do in your free time?
I am a car guy but not a motor head. I love history, art and performance of cars. Cars drive the American economy, are a profound example of self-expression, while at their base convert rotten leaves (oil) into heart pounding power.
What is your “perfect day”?
A day spent traveling is perfect. I love discovering, and as a history major, I love understanding why things have developed into what they are today.
What is your favorite TV show from your childhood?
An exception to my stand on favorites: The Andy Griffith Show
What is your favorite thing to do in Erie?
Complain about the cold and rainy climate and the fact that summer is too short.
What was your most embarrassing moment on air?
During Sharathon, a co-host stated, “Sharathon is like eating an elephant. On Tuesday, we started at the trunk and we are working our way toward ... um the ... um.” Embarrassing but funny.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I recall wanting to be a garbage man, a taxi driver, a doctor, a math teacher, a DJ and a boxer.
Do you have any hidden talents that listeners might not know?
I keep my talents hidden so as to remain humble. Most are very hidden. However, I can usually hold my own at ping-pong, and I am rather adroit at creating a color coded vacation planning spreadsheet. I do enjoy sarcasm, although I am not sure if it is a talent or a gift.
What is your favorite non-scripture quote?
Maybe Calvin Coolidge. Wife: What did the pastor preach about today? Coolidge: Sin. Wife: What did he have to say about it? Coolidge: He was against it.
Could you share your testimony?
I was raised in a Christian home and made a commitment to Christ at age 5. This commitment became the most meaningful when attending camp at Circle C Ranch (Delevan, NY) in my middle school years. As I’ve matured, my growth emphasis is on developing an authentic relationship with God. While this feat is otherwise unattainable, my pursuit of Him causes Him to open himself to me. I’m not much for tradition just for the sake of tradition (and fear we can confuse tradition with an authentic faith). God remains the same but little else does. Therefore, my style of worship and methods of study evolve over time, and in it all, He proves to be faithful.