After his retirement from baseball, Swoboda was a television sportscaster in New
York City on WCBS-TV and for many years at WVUE in New Orleans.
Ron also worked at Cox Television and was the color commentator for telecasts of
games played by the New Orleans Zephyrs, the AAA farm club of the New York Mets until
Katrina hit New Orleans and destroyed the Zephyrs’ Ball Park which put the Zephyrs
out of business and Ron out of a job.
Katrina was kind to the Swobodas as their New Orleans home managed to avoid major
wind and water damage and was several blocks from where the flood waters finally
The Zephyrs have since recovered and Ron is back with the Zephyrs’ club in their
Public Relations activities.
While Ron still follows Baseball in all its glory (especially the NY METS) he has
always enjoyed art and architecture (especially New Orleans style) and can often
be found at the local Jazz Clubs supporting the local muscians. He knows them all
and they know him.
Today, Ron continues to write articles for various trade journals and magazines on
artists and their art as well as local musicians and their work. He has even written
a cover write-up for a local musician’s recent CD.
It’s not unusual to catch Ron on a local golf course with a local musician or artist
or taking a friend or relative for a personal tour of N’Orleans architecture with
a welcome stop at the Musician’s Village!
Ron’s son RJ and family live in New Orleans while his son Brian and family are still