Ray Barron has been writing his column, "Ray Barron's 11 O'Clock News," for the Post-Gazette for many years.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts as Joseph Barisano, he
began using the name Ray Barron at age 16 when he
launched his career as a musician and bandleader. He
married Marilyn Barretta, former hostess of children's
radio and television shows, and has two children, Karen
and Robyn, and two grandchildren, Kerry Gordinas and
He is a graduate of Boston English High School and
Burdett College, and attended (Military) Civil Affairs
School in Shriveham, England, as well as Harvard School
of Business, SBANE seminar.
He served in the U.S. Army in World War II and was
awarded four Battle Stars as well as other citations.
As a musician/bandleader he performed at a variety of
venues. In the late forties, Ray hosted a weekly jazz
show on WVOM Radio Boston and later served as a
Talkmaster on WMRE Radio, Boston.
He has been the subject of many feature stories
including an Associated Press feature story, and has
been labeled as the Dean of Advertising and the Prince
of Public Relations.
For close to four decades Ray served as President of
Barron, Hillman & Mellnick, Inc., of Boston, an
advertising, marketing and public relations agency he
founded in 1956 (originally named Ray Barron, Inc.). The
agency became known as one of New England's leading
advertising agencies and received many professional
awards for excellence in advertising. Ray was selected
by an Ad East magazine poll as one of New England's most
creative individuals in advertising.
Upon selling his
advertising agency, he accepted an appointment as public
relations director of the Massachusetts Registry of
achievements in advertising, marketing and public
relations are dwarfed by his contributions elsewhere. He
is a widely read newspaper and magazine columnist, a
prolific essayist, television and radio commentator, a
lecturer, educator and mentor for many people. He has a
40 years plus history of guest speaking engagements at
countless schools and colleges as well as professional
and trade organizations.
Ray has received many
awards and citations, including Northeastern
University's Speaker of the Year award. He has received
recognition in Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in
Finance and Industry, Who's Who in Advertising, Who's
Who in Public Relations, Who's Who in U.S. Writers,
Editors & Poets, International Biographical Directory,
and Who's Who Among Italian Americans.
His affiliations, past
and present, include Advertising Club of Greater Boston,
New England Broadcasting Association, Public Relations
Society of America, Italian Americans in Communications,
Dante Alighieri Society, North Shore Music Society and
Dante University Foundation.
He served for 14 years on
the faculty and board of directors of The New England
School of Art and Design, and was selected by Madison
Avenue as a Mover & Shaker.
Often referred to as a
Renaissance Man, his creative accomplishments include
oil painting, music and writing.