Meet DJ Ronnie Ron of Hampton Roads, Va.

by Terry Watson | November 14th, 2018
Ronald Smith (Photos by JLG Photography)

Ronald Smith (Photos by JLG Photography)

Ronald Smith, aka DJ Ronnie Ron of Hip Hop Praise was once a familiar voice on the radio. For 10 years, he served the listeners in the Triad area of North Carolina at 1510 AM Big WEAL Gospel every morning, from (6:00 am – 10:00 am) Monday – Friday, and (11:00 am) on Saturday’s for Hip Hop Praise.

Ron’s radio career has expanded over 25 years. He started in radio producing Christian Hip Hop shows in Orlando, FL, where he is a native of. His journey has taken him to North Carolina and Virginia. He currently resides in Hampton Roads, Va. “North Carolina was good to me. I met a lot of wonderful people and consider the Triad my second home,” he says.

Ron has been married to Saundra Smith for the past 17 years. Sandra received her Masters in education from NC A&T State University. Together they are the Godparents to six wonderful kids. Presently, Ron is deejaying weddings and has two syndicated shows that can be heard online called “Hip Hop Praise and Grown Folk Gospel Radio”. Listeners can hear Grown Folk Gospel on NC A&T’s radio station, WNAA 90.1 every Wednesday, at 5:00 pm. Ron is also a program director for www.247praiseradio.com.

Tired of attending gospel events that were “so routine”, Ron formulated the company R & S Entertainment in 2010, with the motto “Entertainment That Promotes Inner-Changement” through Radio, Television and events as well as DJ service. “We want to show that Christianity is meant to be enjoyed, not endured and is also something that will cause you to want to change for the better,” Ron says. Their past resume includes The Apple Store, The Lyrical Coffee House, Kingdom Music at Club Heaven in Greensboro. At any R & S Entertainment event, listeners will not get a church service, but rather a quality show without compromise, that also represents Christ.

Now in Virginia, Ron is continuing what he was doing in North Carolina, and that is putting on events like gospel skate nights in Virginia Beach. He is also in the process of starting a Christian Night Club in Hampton. “The goal is to create a platform and provide opportunities of fellowship, while presenting Christ through non-traditional methods, and also give artist exposure for their ministries,” he says

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