Written by Chuck Samples
Ron Thomas was born in Montana, and was raised on a wheat farm in Saskatchewan, Canada. He began his broadcast career in 1980 at KLYC in Laurel, Montana. After stints at KWIV in Douglas, Wyoming, KBFS Belle Fourche, South Dakota, and KLYC/KADR in Elkader Iowa, he landed in Emporia.
Ron began his duties with KVOE as afternoon news anchor in the spring of 1986. In 1988 he took over the morning drive shift on KVOE and was promoted to program director. After leaving the stations in 1990 to program KFIZ/WFON in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, he returned to take over as operations manager and morning personality in 1991. Ron was promoted to General Manager in January of 2009, and still hosts the morning show on KVOE with Chuck Samples and Greg Rahe.
Ron is a former Chairman of the Board of the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce, currently serves on the United Way of the Flint Hills Board of Directors, and will be the 2017 Chairman of the Board for the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. A big sports fan, Ron has served as the PA voice for Emporia State basketball for 18 years. He and his wife LaDonna have been married for 28 years and love living in Emporia with the family dog Buster.