Ronald Norvanne Sutton, 45, a former radio broadcaster and the program director of Lettumplay Inc., a nonprofit organization that promotes jazz and jazz musicians in the Washington area, and a former member of the D.C. Boxing Commission, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 7 at the Veterans Administration Hospital. He lived in Washington.
Mr. Sutton was born in Washington. He graduated from the old Bell Vocational School and the old Columbia Technical School. From 1957 to 1965, he served in the Air Force and had assignments in Turkey and Korea.
In the late 1960s, he joined WGAY-FM radio in Silver Spring, where he was the news and program director. He later worked briefly for the old Mutual Black Radio Network. He joined WHUR-FM radio at Howard University in 1971 as a sportscaster. He also had worked at WDCU-FM at the University of the District of Columbia and WPFW-FM in Washington. He joined the Lettumplay program in 1984.
Mr. Sutton was a member of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington and the Disabled Veterans Association.
His marriage to Jackie Sutton ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Dianne, of Washington; three children of his first marriage, Ronald Jr., Lindsay, and Whittney, and a stepson, Anthony Jones, all of Washington; his mother, Nellie Sutton Robinson of Washington; a brother, Air Force Sgt. Raymond A. Jr., of Hampton, Va., and a half-sister, Dawn E. Robinson of Washington.