Alan Ryan fought in Vietnam as an M-60 machine-gunner
with the Marine's elite 2nd Combined Action Group. He later
served as a rifle range NCO at the US Naval Base at Little
Creek Virginia, teaching midshipmen from the US Naval Academy
how to fire the M-16 rifle..."and keep their freakin weapons
After the Marines, Alan took a job as a
rock disc jockey on a radio station outside the Marine base
at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and won Billboard Magazine's
Air Personality of the Year his first year in the business.
That led to a gig at WBT in Charlotte, North Carolina, the
50,000-watt AM giant, and to an afternoon drive slot on WBT's
powerhouse FM rocker, WBCY. In 1980, Alan was offered a TV
job at WBTV, Channel 3, Charlotte's top-rated television station,
was a weekend weather anchor, feature reporter, personality,
and hosted his own music video show.
A bit disillusioned with television, Alan
quit broadcasting in 1986, moved to Florida and returned to
college, where he majored in creative writing and worked as
a part-time bartender and freelance writer. His work has appeared
in the St. Petersburg Times, the Tampa Tribune, the Virginia
Quarterly Review and a number of other publications. In 1990,
Alan was offered a job as the mid-day news anchor for 970 WFLA,
took it, and has been there ever since. He's a four-time winner
of the Associated Press Best Newscast Award, major market.
In 1996, Alan married Nancy Johnson, a
former morning news anchor at 970 WFLA and now the Media Relations
Manager at University Community Hospital. They have three boys
and live on a small farm in Wesley Chapel, where they breed
and train Arabian horses.