Ron “Charles” Gitschier, Flagler Broadcasting’s news director and chief engineer, has died at age 56.
He had been the first person hired as chief engineer 10 years ago to build WNZF, Flagler County’s first radio station, according to a news release issued the morning of Nov. 7 by Flagler Broadcasting.
Gitschier was a proud retired Navy veteran of 23 years, according to the news release, and moved to Flagler County in 2003.
“Ron was heard on the ‘WNZF Local Morning News’ every day for the past 10 years,” David Ayres, Flagler Broadcasting’s vice president and general manager, said in the news release. “There’s a thousand things that can wrong with four radio stations, and Ron always kept things running smooth. As a radio reporter, he had great relationships and liked everybody he met. Ron was also instrumental in keeping all four radio stations on the air during severe storms and hurricanes.
“Our entire staff is devastated over this sudden loss. Everybody who knew Ron loved him, and he will be greatly missed,” Ayres said.
Flagler Broadcasting LLC employs 25 people locally, according to the news release, and owns and operates WNZF, Beach 92.7, Kool 100.9, KixCountry 98.7 and St. Augustine’s Beach 105.5 FM.