The 2011 Central Canada Broadcast Engineers
“Ambassador Of The Year Award”
At the Awards Banquet, I sat with Leanne Brown and son Darrin Paley. We were in a post dinner
conversation, not paying total attention to the reading of the Bio for the Awards until, suddenly, the Bio content started to sound familiar to me. Once Harrie Jones mentioned “small town in Manitoba, musical group and by the time Century 21 Studios & Oakwood” came up, .Oh Oh! I then knew that something real serious was about to happen. Here is Ron’s Bio as presented and read to the CCBE Gala Dinner attendees by CCBE Past President Harrie Jones.
“Our recipient this year was born in a small town in Manitoba and after completing high school moved to the big city of Winnipeg to work for a bank. In the early 60′s, Ron formed a musical
group The Eternals, and in 1966 they embarked on the road as a professional band touring in Ontario and Quebec. In the fall of 1968 the band returned to Winnipeg after writing a numerous original songs that were recorded in Toronto at RCA Studios for releases with Quality Records. It is here where that got the recording bug and really fell in love with the recording arts industry.
After three years of touring most of Canada and they returned to Winnipeg and opened Century 21 Recording Studios the first professional Westlake Audio multi-track recording
studio west of Toronto. Over the years, Century 21 Studios recorded many known artists and bands such as the Guess Who, Bachman & Turner, Harry Belefonte, Bobby Vinton, Skitch Henderson, and Streetheart. Although Ron did most of the technical engineering for the studio, his love was always broadcasting and recording equipment.
In 1970 Ron founded Oakwood Audio Labs to provide sales, support and technical service the broadcast and recording industry. Oakwood’s accomplishments were many awards such as Canada’s largest volume dealer of Tascam, Studer/Revox products, they were selected supply of sound equipment to the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics for the Olympic Square Ceremonies & the Host Broadcaster at the Roundup Broadcast Centre.
In 1991, Ron signed exclusive Canadian marketing rights to Media Touch Systems automation software and then the becoming its President and moving the Media Touch company from the Boston area to Winnipeg. In the same year he bought the Media Touch USA Company and moved it to Winnipeg. In 1992 he designed, integrated and installed the world’s first
4 station Super Cluster “Duopoly” MediaTouch automated digital system for Okanagan Skeena Broadcasters in Penticton, BC. Ron revolutionized radio automation systems by being the first to use embedded audio codecs in its software making the MediaTouch automation software the first to be truly non-proprietary.
On July 2009, after a career in broadcasting that spanned over 40 years, Ron, Founder and Past President of OMT retired from active duty and fulltime employment. Wanting to keep in contact with many industry friendships he’s made over the years, he joins his brother Ted on part time operations of Ron Paley Broadcast. No matter what project, product or company Ron has been involved with, there was one quality that he has never left in question and that is his integrity. His care and loyalty to this industry, employees, customers, friends, family or to anyone who simply met him, he has always put himself second in making sure everyone around him is completely satisfied.
The broadcast industry has definitely benefited from Ron’s presence, dedication and intuitiveness. Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to present the Bob Norton Ambassador of the Year Award to this year’s recipient “RON PALEY”.