Ron has always lived in two musical worlds: jazz and classical. Although born in Los Angeles, he has lived in San Antonio most of his life.
Hearing jazz while growing up at home, Ron discovered classical music as a child at the San Antonio Public Library; his favorite composers have always been Miles Davis and Brahms.
Ron has bought, sold, or broadcast music for a living for most of his adult life, all while writing novels, plays and essays on the side. Prior to joining TPR, Ron worked at Doubleday in New York and Sound Warehouse in San Antonio.
His enthusiasm for music has been captured forever on the "Ruff-Mitchell Duo Play With Dizzy Gillespie" - the screams that endlessly repeat in the background are his.
Put together over a century of music, anything from 1900 to the present and two musical friends who have been listening to music together for over a quarter century, and you have the basic ingredients for Alternate Routes, KPAC's program of contemporary music. Expect the unexpected, an eclectic blend of the foundation pieces of contemporary music with music which argues for a different view of modernism in music.