Retired WGAL-TV anchor Ron Martin is going back to work, but it's not in front of a camera
A year after longtime WGAL-TV anchor Ron Martin retired, he's heading back to work in a new profession.
He will be selling real estate for Inch & Co. Real Estate in Spring Garden Township. The company announced Martin's newest venture with a "breaking news" video.
"I've missed working in our community and interacting with many of you, so I'm officially coming out of retirement," Martin says in the video. "I am now the newest Realtor at Inch & Co. Real Estate serving south central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland."
Martin says he will use his talent and energy to serve clients who are looking to sell or buy a new home.
A York native, he retired from WGAL-TV 8 in November 2020 after 37 years in the business. The William Penn Senior High School graduate has said that he wants his news career and retirement to inspire York's Black youth to get to the "finish line."
Martin said in an interview that real estate has always intrigued him. When he was working at WSBA Radio early in his career, Philip Eberly, who worked his way up from salesman to an executive with Susquehanna Broadcasting, asked Martin if he ever thought about sales.
Martin was smitten with journalism, but "it always stuck in the back of my mind."
In retirement, he's taken a trip to Los Angeles and Hawaii, spent time golfing, and watched Netflix. Many of his friends are still working, and he knew he needed to do something. He missed being around and helping people.
Martin took classes through the Realtors Association of York & Adams Counties, Inc., learning the requirements for buying and selling properties, and obtained his license. Three months ago, he started talking with various real estate agencies, and he decided to join Inch & Co. Real Estate.
The locally owned company, located in the historic Elmwood Mansion just off of Interstate 83 in Spring Garden Township, is still growing, and he'll be working with a team of experienced real estate professionals, Martin said.
He's looking forward to helping clients buy their dream home.
"I'm just anxious for my first sales," he said.
Inch & Co. Real Estate issued a news release about Martin's new position and his accomplishments over the years. It includes: six Emmys, an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster, the York Salvation Army’s Outstanding Community Service Award, and the White Rose and William Penn Hall of Fame Awards.
Martin is ready to begin selling real estate, and he's excited about it, said Cambria Bailey, marketing director for the company. He will be working with several colleagues who have more than 30 years of experience in the business.
She described Martin as personable, easy to talk with and laid back. Who isn't going to want to work with him to list a house? Bailey asked.
"I think this is a really good fit for him," she said.