Ron Landry, partnered with "Emperor Bob" Hudson on the old KGBS, was part of one of the most successful comedy albums of all time, "Ajax Liquor Store." He died last Monday after a yearlong battle with lung cancer.
"He passed away surrounded by his family and closest friends," wrote his kids, Veronica, Evan and Erik. "Just as he lived his life, he handled his death with dignity and grace. After a full day in a coma, he found the strength to become alert and to lovingly connect with Margo as he peacefully ended his stay on this earth. A true spiritual gift."
The note from Ron's children continued: "Our father was a very wise man. He had some sage advice that we will live by and hope to pass on to all that we can. He said that if he had one wish for humanity, it would be that everyone just be a little kinder, kinder to everyone and mostly to yourself."
Born in Louisiana, Ron was raised in Washington, D.C. His early inspiration came from Bob and Ray and Jean Shepherd. He created voices and honed his storytelling skills at radio stations on the East Coast.
Beginning in 1953, and during the next three years, Ron worked for three stations in Virginia. It was during his stop in Roanoke that he hosted an evening TV show that featured his sketch comedy.
Ron was drafted in 1958 and served his two years at Armed Forces Radio in New York.
"What a powerhouse of a staff we had," Ron told me when being interviewed in 1994 for Los Angeles Radio People. "Dave Neihaus, who worked at KMPC later and now the voice of the Seattle Mariners, was doing sports and Bruce Wayne, later to be known as KFI's Eye in the Sky did news and sports. All I had to do was cover all the premieres and Broadway openings for two years for the boys overseas."
He did a very popular music comedy show on transcription, which was heard over Armed Forces Radio.
At the end of the 1960s he worked at WBZ-Boston before heading West to team with Emperor Bob Hudson on KGBS. Ron started in afternoon drive at KGBS and within six months he and Hudson had recorded their first album.
The success of the albums led to appearances on all the major TV variety shows and nightclubs.
Ron moved full time into producing sitcoms that included "Flo," "Gimme a Break," "Benson" and "The Redd Foxx Show."
During his time in Los Angeles, Ron worked at KGBS from 1969-74 and KFI from 1974-75. Ron was 68.