Ron Nelson is a pioneering and award-winning Jamaican Canadian DJ, radio personality, concert promoter, website developer, online broadcaster and educator. With the creation of the ground- breaking and visionary Fantastic Voyage radio program, initially a funk music show, on Canada's then flagship community radio station CKLN 88.1 FM, Ron introduced Canada's airwaves to the then still emergent multidisciplinary subcultures of Hip hop.
In 1985, Ron graduated with honours from Ryerson's Radio and Television program, obtaining a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree. During his student years, he interned at legendary rock radio station Q- 107 where he developed his passion for radio. Ron fell in love with Hip hop music during his studies at Ryerson and began his career hosting and producing the Fantastic Voyage on CKLN 88.1 FM – Canada’s first Hip hop radio show.
Prior to the licensing of mainstream Black music stations, the Fantastic Voyage would play a major role in launching the careers of popular Canadian artists Maestro Fresh Wes, Michie Mee and Rumble & Strong. The legacy of the Fantastic Voyage Program continues to reverberate in the present day, built on more than 30 years of original programming on community, commercial and Internet radio stations. His commitment to broadening the audience for Hip hop has also taken Ron to the airwaves on Buffalo's WBLK 93.7 FM.
After cultivating a thriving Hip hop community in Toronto and across Canada, Ron Nelson Productions was established with a clear mandate to put Toronto on the map. During The Golden Age of Hip Hop, Ron Nelson Productions presented noteworthy local and international artists to the public. Among them were Run-D.M.C., Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Ice Cube, Queen Latifah and Salt-N-Pepa, to name a few.
Ron Nelson is also one of the first Black music producers to embrace new media technology during its infancy, first building his own home based professional recording studio - Apache Recording Studio and creating Advance Music Productions. In 1988, after being shaken by a murder that happened after an event in Toronto’s Flemingdon Park community, Ron Nelson released his own 12" Rap record, B-Boy Destruction, dedicated to the victim, young Clinton Marshall. Ron also created and produced the music for two tracks, Voyage Through the Multiverse and Journey On on the 1991 smash Dream Warriors LP - And Now the Legacy Begins.
A lecturer since 2003, Ron Nelson is a popular professor in the York University Faculty of Fine Arts Department of Music where he teaches Contemporary Black Urban Music. In addition, he is heavily involved in the Toronto Reggae and Dancehall Sound Clash community as a leading concert promoter and proprietor of acclaimed website ReggaeMania.com and ReggaeManiaRadio. His contribution to the development of the dynamic Canadian Urban music scene remains vital. Ron Nelson is a true visionary and trailblazer.