Ronald Radford

Class of 1962
Inducted 1992


Ronald Radford – known as “Hank” when he was at Will Rogers – is known internationally as the American master of the flamenco guitar. He studied music at the University of Tulsa and began his career as a student of the legendary Flamenco guitarist Carlos Montoya. Ron also studied classical guitar with Andres Segovia.

Ron is the only individual ever to be awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in flamenco guitar. He traveled thousands of miles in Spain, immersing himself in the musical wisdom of the Spanish gypsy Flamenco masters.

Performance venues include New York’s Carnegie Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center, concert halls and major colleges and universities across the United States. Ron’s highly acclaimed and popular school assembly program, The Power of Ole! – Optimistic Leadership Energy! reaches thousands of school children each year.

Ron’s international tours have taken him to 15 countries, from Australia to Switzerland and from Canada to Panama. While serving in the Army in Vietnam, he performed in hospitals, schools and orphanages. He toured for the State Department as a musical ambassador to Mexico, Guatemala and other Latin American countries.

His exciting CD: Viva Flamenco! and DVD: Live Your Passion, are available at His music has been downloaded in more than 50 countries worldwide. Ron was born in California, grew up in Tulsa, and now lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where he continues his career as one of the world’s most successful ambassadors of flamenco music.