Obituary of Ronald Sterling Chavis (1951 – 2021) – McKeesport, PA


Legendary, lyrical and beloved, Ron Chavis, the iconic voice of Pittsburgh and national radio, returned peacefully to the Lord on October 8, 2021.
Nicknamed “Rockin ‘Ron” by famous rocker Norm Nardini, Ron began his career as a radio actor and voice actor for more than four decades while studying journalism and communications at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. “I stumbled across radio,” Ron said in a 2008 interview with All Access, the music and radio industry’s largest community on the web. “My first week in college, I ran into a childhood friend who worked at the school station. I went there and it’s been radio ever since.”
From college, Ron was recruited to 102.5 FM WDVE, where he not only learned the art of “working a mic,” but also became the country’s first full-time black radio host in a big way. market rock station. With the help of Ron’s alluring voice, which captivated audiences and transcended racial divisions, WDVE became Pittsburgh’s most popular FM radio station throughout the 1970s.
During the 1970s Ron also graced the airwaves of 104.7 FM WYDD of Pittsburgh, where he was a radio host and commercial radio / television producer before leaving the station to join the large FM WKLS market in Atlanta and later. , KZOK, Seattle’s classic rock station.
Ron returned to his hometown of Pittsburgh in the 1980s as a longtime personality on the air at 105.9 FM WAMO, which has become one of the city’s hottest radio stations. During his tenure at WAMO, the station soared, and Ron’s show often ranked as the second most watched music radio show at night in Pittsburgh. Ron opened his flagship show, The Quiet Storm, with his signature:
“I was born in the basement of a steel mill. I was baptized in the Monongahela River. I am one of the last disc jockeys in Pittsburgh. To some, I am known as the leader of the pack. To others I’m known as Racquet Man. Some just call me Rockin ‘Ron. Anyway, it’s the continuous adventures of the Nighttime Dog with music for lovers and music lovers on your favorite radio station. “
The Nighttime Dog carried the sound of music for lovers and its R & B / smooth jazz hallmark late into the night.
In 1997 Ron founded Chavis / Sterling Media Partners, an advertising / multimedia production company, where he performed as a voice over artist, radio and television advertising producer, director, screenwriter and performer. His voice has been heard on radio and television for a multitude of clients, including HBO, Cellular One, Universal Studios, Scarface, radio Steve Harvey and vocal artists Barry White and Robin Thicke, among others.
Ron returned to radio in 2006 at the KRNB in ​​Dallas, Texas. Arbitron Radio Ratings ranked the show as the second most watched nighttime show by people aged 25 to 54 in the Dallas / Fort Worth area.
In 2008 Ron interviewed “The Bossman”, Porky Chedwick of Pittsburgh, who passed away in 2014. And in 2009 Ron started being a radio host and voice artist on over 100 stations in the United States on Cumulus Radio Network and Westwood One. . .
Ron continued to play the role of Nighttime Dog from 2012 to 2015, hosting a syndicated love song show on Cumulus Radio. His illustrious performances remain etched in the memory of millions of loyal listeners.
Son of the late Clarence Sterling and Charlotte (Bishop) Chavis, Ronald Sterling Chavis was born in Pittsburgh, baptized at Bethlehem Baptist Church in McKeesport and raised in Liberty Borough. He attended Liberty Elementary and St. Joseph’s Junior Military School, then Serra Catholic High School in McKeesport. Growing up, he listened to Porky Chedwick and James Brown on a transistor radio and was inspired by “Say it loud – I’m black and I’m proud” of the godfather of soul. Brown’s influence was felt in 1989 when Ron, while a DJ on WAMO, appointed himself president of Pittsburgh’s effort to free the Grammy-winning artist, who was serving a six-year sentence. jail time for a series of charges.
Ron is survived by his son London Sterling Chavis; his daughter Charlotte; her sisters Lisa Jeanne Chavis and Virgie (Ray) Harris; her nieces and nephews Jason Chavis, Jamon (Brooke) Chavis, Stacy Chavis, Clarence Chavis III, Darrick Chavis, Julie Didlick, Gail Chavis, Keisha Harris, Kevin Harris, and a host of great nieces and nephews, cousins ​​and fans in adoration.
Ron was predeceased by his parents, sister Beverly Reed and brother Clarence Chavis, Jr.
Beyond radio, Ron has performed as an independent commercial voice across the country, in Ireland and in Great Britain. Its accolades include the prestigious Silver Microphone Award, a national competition which recognizes the best local and regional audio advertising, and two Telly Awards, which recognize excellence in television and video production. Outside of the media arena, Ron also worked at General Motors Corporation / Fisher Body in the late 90s on the production line in West Mifflin, PA.
In addition to his love of jazz and R&B music, Ron’s interests included watching movies, poetry, cooking, swimming, racquetball, and chess. He was a die-hard Steelers fan and enjoyed watching boxing and MMA events. Over the years, Ron has had a number of dogs and cats, and he took pride in his ability to give them unique names (such as Nelson, Rhema, Easy, and Extra) and bring out their individual personalities. He has always had a great relationship with his pets and even posted the following on Facebook following the death of his dog, Easy, “In memory of my best friend Easy 1999-2015 ‘Thank you for being taking care of me boyfriend. ‘”
Ron had a strong relationship with God and relied heavily on his faith, especially in difficult times. He always found comfort in the fact that he would one day see his family and friends again in Heaven. Before his death, Ron posted on Facebook: “They say that in the last moments before death, your whole life passes before your eyes.” What a movie he made.
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Posted by Legacy on November 1, 2021.


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