Raycom Media's anticipated $160 million purchase of Drewry Communications is now complete. Dramatically increasing the company's presence in Texas, adding Oklahoma to their portfolio and strengthening Raycom Media's national share in households to over 14%. Full Story
Larry Silbermann has been named Vice President and General Manager of Raycom Media’s WTOC in Savannah, Georgia. Silbermann will be replacing Scott Dempsey. Dempsey, recently accepted the Vice President and General Manager role at Raycom Media’s Charlotte, North Carolina station WBTV. Full Story
NewsON, a venture dedicated to providing local news nationwide, today announced the launch of the NewsON app, a groundbreaking new service that provides consumers access to live and on-demand local newscasts and local news clips. The free, ad-supported app features flexible navigation that encourages discovery, offering instant access to broadcast quality video. Full Story
Raycom Media announced today that it has acquired PureCars, the leading digital advertising platform for the automotive industry, in a deal that both companies see revolutionizing the way TV and digital advertising work together to serve the automotive industry. Full Story
Raycom Media has named Scott Dempsey as the new Vice President and General Manager at WBTV, Raycom's CBS Affiliate in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dempsey replaces former Vice President and General Manager, Nick Simonette, who was recently promoted to Group Vice President at Raycom Media. Full Story
Thanks to the incredible generosity of the viewers and businesses from across the Midlands, WIS-TV and Alpha Media Radio in Columbia, South Carolina were able to raise $736,101 for the Red Cross and their disaster relief efforts in South Carolina. Full Story
RTM, a Raycom Media Company and producers of the PowerNation and PowerBlock automotive television programs, announced today that PowerBlock, America's #1 automotive how-to shows, will return to air beginning this Saturday, October 3rd. PowerBlock will air at 8:00 a.m. eastern. The lineup begins with Muscle Car, followed by HorsePower, Trucks!, and Xtreme 4x4. Full Story
Raycom Media has closed on the acquisition of KNIN, a FOX-affiliated television station serving Boise and southwest Idaho. Full Story
Raycom Media announced today the acquisition of WebStream Sports (WebStream Productions, Inc.), a leading provider of live sports production for television and the web. WebStream will operate as a new division of Raycom Media. WebStream founder John Servizzi will continue as CEO and Greg Weitekamp will continue as President. WebStream maintains its headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind. and offices in Charlotte, N.C. Full Story
Doug Sutton has been named General Manager and General Sales Manager of WUPV-TV, the CW affiliate in Richmond, Virginia. Sutton previously held the position of General Manager for WHDF “The Valley’s CW” in Huntsville, Alabama since 2012. Full Story
Cristine Couldridge has been named General Manager and General Sales Manager of WXTX-TV, American Spirit Media's FOX affiliate in Columbus, Georgia. Couldridge was most recently in Midland, TX where she was General Sales Manager for KWES/KTLE/NWES, the NBC, Telemundo and CW affiliates since 2011. Full Story
Raycom Media and the New Orleans Saints have entered into a multiple year agreement for Raycom Media to produce and broadcast the New Orleans Saints pre-season games. The games will be broadcast on a network of Raycom Media owned or operated stations as well as other stations via syndication in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Full Story
Lyle Schulze has been named Vice President and General Manager of WIS-TV, the Raycom Media owned NBC affiliate in Columbia, S.C. Schulze previously held the position of Vice President and General Manager at WCTI/WFXI/WYDO in the Greenville/New Bern/Washington, North Carolina market since 2010. Full Story
Brian Lorenzen has been named Vice President and General Manager of WTOL, the Raycom Media owned CBS affiliate in Toledo, Ohio. Lorenzen previously held the position of Director of Sales at KRQE/KASA in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Full Story
Erik Snell has been named Director of Marketing for WDAM, the Raycom Media owned NBC/ABC affiliate in Hattiesburg, MS. Full Story
Fred D'Ambrosi has been named News Director at WOIO/WUAB, the Raycom Media owned CBS affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio. D'Ambrosi is an awarding-winning news director over the last 24 years in markets across the country. Full Story
Vice President and General Manager Jim Serra has been named 2015 Broadcaster of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters. Serra accepted the honor Wednesday, March 4th at the 2015 Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Prestige Awards in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. KPLC is the Raycom Media NBC affiliate in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Full Story
Jay Hiett has been named Vice President and General Manager of WFIE, the Raycom Media owned NBC affiliate in Evansville, Indiana. Hiett will be stepping into this new role from his current duties as General Sales Manager at WFIE. Full Story
Nick Ulmer has been named Vice President and General Manager of KOLD, the Raycom Media owned CBS affiliate in Tucson, Arizona. Ulmer will be moving over from Raycom Media's WFIE the NBC affiliate in Evansville, Indiana where he has been Vice President and General Manager since 2010. Full Story
The Texas Association of Broadcast Educators has named Raycom Media Group Vice President Brad Streit Broadcaster of the Year. Streit received the award during a ceremony at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX, Friday, February 27, 2015. Full Story
Fifty years after central Alabama took center stage in the battle for equal voting rights, Montgomery based Raycom Media honors the Selma Voting Rights Movement with a one-hour documentary. “SELMA: A March to Remember” focuses on the personal accounts of people who were there. Leaders, participants and witnesses recount their experiences, in their own words and talk about the challenges that still persist. Full Story
Debbie Bush has been named Vice President and General Manager of WXIX, the Raycom Media owned FOX affiliate in Cincinnati, Ohio. Bush is a familiar face within the Raycom family of stations as she has been the Vice President and General Manager for KOLD, the Raycom Media owned CBS affiliate in Tucson, Arizona and held the same position at WFIE, the Raycom Media owned NBC affiliate in Evansville, Indiana. Full Story
Erik Breon, has been named News Director for KCBD, the Raycom Media owned NBC affiliate in Lubbock, Texas. Breon will take the reins February 23rd, 2015. Full Story
Ashley Talley, has been named News Content Director of WMBF the Raycom Media station in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Talley comes to WMBF from WCTI in New Bern, NC where she served as Assistant News Director. Full Story
Bari Soash, has been named News Content Director of WALB the Raycom Media station in Albany, Georgia. Soash comes to WALB from WTOL the Raycom Media station in Toledo, Ohio where she served as the Assistant News Director. Full Story
Josh White, has been named News Content Director of KAIT the Raycom Media station in Jonesboro, Arkansas. White comes to KAIT from the Raycom Media station in Evansville, Indiana where he served as the Assistant News Director. Full Story
Raycom Media today announced that it will centralize traffic operations for 51 television stations it owns or operates. The new Raycom Centralized Traffic Operation will be located in Charlotte, NC. Full Story
Thanks to the incredible generosity and spirit of the viewers and communities across Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee, four Raycom Media television stations worked with their local communities and the Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation to raise $218,000 for tornado victims with a special one-day fundraiser called "Mississippi Tornado Relief: Hope, Help & Healing" on Thursday, January 8, 2015. Full Story
Sandy Breland has been promoted to Group Vice President for Raycom Media. Breland will be taking on this new role as long-time Group Vice President Leon Long retires at the end of January. Full Story
Tim Ingram has been named Vice President and General Manager of WVUE in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ingram will be replacing current Vice President and General Manager of WVUE, Sandy Breland as she takes on a full time role as Group Vice President for Raycom Media. Full Story
Dave Thomason has been named Vice President and General Manager of KFVS12 and WQWQ, the Raycom Media stations in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Thomason will be replacing Tim Ingram current Vice President and General Manager of KFVS12 and WQWQ, as Ingram becomes Vice President and General Manager of WVUE, the Raycom Media managed station in New Orleans, Louisiana. Full Story
Collin R. Gaston has been named Vice President and General Manager of WBRC FOX 6, the Raycom Media station in Birmingham, AL. Gaston will be replacing Lou Kirchen current Vice President and General Manager of WBRC, as Kirchen retires at the end of January 2015. Full Story
Eric Duncan has been named Vice President and General Manager of WSFA, the Raycom Media NBC station in Montgomery, AL. Duncan will be replacing Collin R. Gaston current Vice President and General Manager of WSFA, as Gaston becomes the Vice President and General Manager of WBRC FOX6, the Raycom Media station in Birmingham, AL. Full Story
Sarah Miles has been promoted to Vice President and General Manager for WMBF News, the Raycom Media owned NBC affiliate in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina effective January 2015. Sarah will replace WMBF Vice President and General Manager Ted Fortenberry who has been promoted to Vice President and General Manager for WLBT-TV 3 and MSNewsNow, the Raycom Media owned NBC affiliate and digital news operation in Jackson, Mississippi. Full Story
Hatton Weeks has been promoted to News Director at WLBT-TV and Mississippi News Now, the Raycom Media owned NBC affiliate and digital news operation in Jackson, Mississippi. Weeks will take the reins in January 2015 when he leaves sister station KAIT in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Full Story
TVNewsCheck today named Raycom Media Group as its Station Group of the Year for 2015, citing its innovative approach to technology, digital media and programming. Full Story
Ted Fortenberry has been promoted to Vice President and General Manager for WLBT-TV 3 and MSNewsNow, the Raycom Media owned NBC affiliate and digital news operation in Jackson, Mississippi effective January 2015. Full Story
Raycom Media announced today the acquisition of RTM Productions Inc., producer of the PowerNation and PowerBlock automotive television programs. RTM Productions will operate as a new division of Raycom Media. In addition, RTM co-founder Joe St. Lawrence will continue as RTM President and will continue to manage RTM operations at the company's 50,000 square foot Tech Center in Franklin, Tenn. Full Story
Raycom Media announced today it has purchased select assets of LSN Mobile related to the company's technology and intellectual property. â€œThis acquisition will help Raycom Media continue to expand its multi-platform offerings into additional content areas, which is the goal of Raycom Mediaâ€™s new innovation group in Atlanta,â€ said Joe Fiveash, who leads the group. Full Story
Raycom Media is a company built on local news. As journalists we pride ourselves on sticking to The Facts as opposed to the conjecture and opinion DIRECTV is sending to customers and Washington. Full Story
Raycom Media has reached an agreement in principle with DirecTV. DirecTV viewers have been without Raycom Media stations since September 1, 2014. Full Story
Former football coach/current GM hits the gridiron for University of Hawaii, and later cleans up for Hargitay banquet. Full Story
Raycom Media is pleased to announce the promotion and appointment of Ken Reiner as Vice President for Raycom Media. The veteran television industry executive is currently Corporate Director of Programming for the group and will continue to be based out of Raycomâ€™s Los Angeles programming offices. The promotion is effective September 1st. Full Story
WBTV is proud to acknowledge and congratulate reporter Steve Crump, anchor/reporter Christine Nelson and Chief Photographer Leighton Grant as winners in this yearâ€™s National Association of Black Journalists â€œSalute to Excellenceâ€ awards. WBTV continues to live â€œOn Your Sideâ€ and is committed to reporting stories that matter to the Charlotte and surrounding communities in North and South Carolina that comprise the WBTV service area. Full Story
WVUE Fox 8 Owner Tom Benson has announced that Louisiana Media Company has reached agreement in principle on the terms of a Shared Services Agreement with Raycom Media that allows the New Orleans-based television station to remain locally-owned, and expands its regional opportunities. Full Story
Auburn University's School of Communication and Journalism in the College of Liberal Arts and Raycom Media have announced a pioneering partnership to train multimedia student journalists. Full Story
'America Now', the leading daily news magazine series for news you can really use, will reach 80% of the country when it returns with original episodes on September 9. Co-hosted by Leeza Gibbons and Bill Rancic, the fourth season of 'America Now' will be broadcast in 9 of the top 10 markets, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, it was jointly announced today by Paul McTear, President and CEO of Raycom Media and Paul Buccieri, Managing Director, ITV Studios International and President and CEO, ITV Studios America. Full Story
Raycom Media and the College of Liberal Arts' School of Communication and Journalism announce a pioneering partnership to train multimedia student journalists. Full Story
DISH (NASDAQ: DISH) and Raycom Media, Inc. today announced an agreement regarding the continued retransmission of Raycom TV stations in 36 markets. Full Story
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) congratulates the winners of the 2013 Salute to Excellence Awards. The competition honors work from print, television, radio, online, photojournalism, and public relations. Full Story
This was never how Rita Scott had envisioned taking over a TV station. It was 1999. She had been in the top job at WCSC Charleston for all of a week when Hurricane Floyd was bearing down on the region and residents were being evacuated. Scott sat in the newsroom with her department heads, going over coverage plans and how best to keep residentsâ€”and staffersâ€”safe. Full Story
WSFA 12 News was honored with multiple awards by the Associated Press at the organizationâ€™s annual banquet and award ceremony in Birmingham, Alabama. Full Story
KYOU's Mike Elrod has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Iowa "Broadcaster of the Year" by the Iowa Broadcasters Association. Full Story
Leeza Gibbons, co-host of "America Now", the nightly syndicated TV news magazine, won her first Emmy nomination in 15 years. Full Story
Raycom Media is proud to have four stations be the recipients of the 2013 RTDNA Regional Murrow Award. Full Story
Lee Brantley, General Manager of WTVM in Columbus, Georgia, has been inducted into the Georgia Broadcaster's Hall of Fame. Video
Years ago, Bob Rollins had a mentor who told him that knowledge, experience and skill are like the light from a campfire, shedding a glow on all those surrounding it. "The more people that you share it with, the more value that it has," Rollins says. Full Story
On Saturday March 23, 2012 WSFA 12 News received 2 awards including, "Alabama Station of the Year" and "Best Regularly Scheduled Newscast" at the seventh annual ABBY award ceremony presented by the Alabama Broadcasters Association. Full Story
America Now, the daily syndicated newsmagazine show from Raycom Media and ITV Studios America co-hosted by Leeza Gibbons and Bill Rancic, will return for a fourth season. Full Story
Thanks to NABJ Region 3 for a wonderful conference in Charlotte March 8th & 9th. Full Story
The inaugural Raycom College Football All-Star Classic will be on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 2 p.m. (CT) at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery and will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network. Full Story
In releasing its 2012 Television Newsroom Diversity in Management survey, the National Association of Black Journalists recognized Raycom Media as having the highest diversity index of all broadcast groups surveyed, with thirty-one (17%) of its 179 television newsroom managers being people of color. Twenty of the company's 32 stations have at least one person of color in station or news management. Full Story
Broadcasting & Cable has announced their 3rd annual Digital All-Stars special report and Raycom's Charles Gray is one of the twelve honorees. Full Story
The College Football All-Star Classic announced today a multi-year title sponsor partnership with Raycom Media. The Raycom College Football All-Star Classic will be a week-long college football all-star event played in Montgomery. Ala.. at the historic Cramton Bowl. Full Story
Albany television station WALB received ten awards from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters Saturday night in Atlanta. Four awards were 1st place, called â€œGabbysâ€. Full Story
Raycom Media, Inc. announced today that it has acquired the assets of New York City-based Tupelo-Honey Productions (THP), including 50% of My Tupelo Entertainment. The acquisition adds to the Raycom Media production capabilities, which include Raycom Sports, a subsidiary of Raycom Media based in Charlotte, N.C.
Cary Glotzer will continue to be the CEO of Tupelo-Honey and the Managing Partner of My Tupelo Entertainment. My Tupelo Entertainment is headed by Partner, and veteran Executive Producer, Michael Yudin. Full Story
Raycom Media is pleased to announce the promotion and appointment of Tracey Rogers as Vice President and General Manager of KAIT-TV in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Tracey (a recent graduate of Raycom's inaugural Leadership Development Training Program) is currently the News Director at WMC-TV in Memphis, Tennessee, a position she has held since 2007, and she replaces Tim Ingram who was recently named Vice President and General Manager of KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Both of these internal promotions further confirm Raycom's commitment to growing and promoting talent and management within the company. Full Story
Raycom Media is pleased to announce that Tim Ingram has been appointed to be the new Vice President and General Manager of KFVS12 and WQWQ-TV effective December 1st. Ingram replaces Mike Smythe who retires from the station after 11 years as General Manager.
Ingram is currently General Manager for Raycom Media station KAIT, the ABC affiliate in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Until a replacement is found for KAIT, Ingram will be overseeing the operations of both locations. Full Story
Growing up, the main aspiration for his life was simple: to venture outside of the project housing community where he lived. Today, Grinnage is indeed far from where he started out.
A New York native, Grinnage and his wife moved to Richmond in 1990 after deciding that the rising cost of private school for their two daughters was a sign that they should relocate. Without knowing anyone in the south, Grinnage, who was a CBS-TV sales account executive at the time, began applying for positions. Full Story
One month after its launch, America Now, the daily newsmagazine show co-hosted by Leeza Gibbons and Bill Rancic from ITV Studios America and Raycom Media, is proving to be a solid draw for viewers interested in news you can really use, it was announced today by Paul McTear, President and CEO of Raycom Media. Full Story
Twelve Charleston-area business leaders were selected as finalists for the 2011 Influential Women in Business awards by the Charleston Regional Business Journal, and on October 27 WCSC General Manager, Rita Scott, was announced as the winner in the CEO category. Full Story
With more stations launching 4 p.m. newscasts to replace Oprah this fall, finding ways to create more high-quality graphics for the expanded news slate has become a growing problem.
"We have stations [at Raycom Media] that are producing over 40 hours of news per week," notes Dave Folsom, the station group's chief technology officer. "Finding a way to create more content without throwing more and more people at the problem is very important for us, and increasingly so for many other people. Full Story
Fresh off lessons learned from this week's earthquake, last spring's tornadoes and 2010's hurricane season, station newsrooms are applying those learnings as Hurricane Irene prepares to slam the Carolinas region. Preparations include rolling in reinforcements from sister stations in the greater region, and fine-tuning social media strategies to connect with as many users as possible with critical storm information. Full Story
While the trend of stations sharing on-air footage has been going on for a few years, the content-sharing craze took a new turn when Raycom Media and Meredith Local Media brokered their recent online content pact. On July 1, Meredith was officially signed up to access the Raycom News Network; Raycom's digital content hub based out of corporate headquarters in Montgomery, Ala. Full Story
Headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama and with a cluster of stations across the Southeast, Raycom Media was in a unique position to cover the tornadoes that tore through the region recently. President/CEO Paul McTear says the group relied on well-drilled emergency plans to keep residents informed. Full Story
PromaxBDA is a nationwide professional organization for promotion and marketing professionals working in broadcast media. It represents every major broadcast and cable organization, as well as advertising agencies and new media. Full Story
A familiar face is returning to the medium that made
her famous and a format in which she thrives. Popular television personality Leeza Gibbons has
signed on to co-host "America Now," a new daily news program from Raycom Media and ITV
Studios America. Gibbons joins Bill Rancic to headline the show that launches as a daily firstrun
series this fall starting September 12th.
Produced by ITV Studios America and already a successful weekend series on Raycom stations, "America Now"Â is a 30-minute news program that will deliver short segments of timely information that's beneficial to viewers' lives. It will touch on topics that are lifestyle in nature, from health and beauty, to finance, family and home. Full Story
MSA Security has formed a strategic partnership with Raycom Media, one of the nation's largest broadcasters which owns and/or operates over 40 television stations in 36 markets and 18 states. This partnership allows Raycom Media's local news affiliates to utilize the subject matter expertise of MSA's Research & Intelligence Analysis Team as part of their news coverage or interviews. MSA's intelligence analysts have appeared in local news coverage throughout the country as a result of the teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s intelligence briefs and analytical products on some of the top counterterrorism stories within the past few months, including:
He's probably the most widely traveled reporter in town - he's been to places like Afghanistan, Iraq and Haiti. He's WBTV's master of disaster.
Steve Ohnesorge, a 35-year veteran of Channel 3's newsroom,
estimates he's covered about 20 hurricanes and tropical
storms, including a few with marquee names: Katrina, Andrew
Raycom Media, one of the nation's largest broadcasters, will make Bounce TV (bouncetv.com), the first-ever over-the-air broadcast television network designed exclusively for African-American audiences, available in 26 Raycom markets when the network launches this fall, it was announced today.
Raycom Media is pleased to announce the promotion of Kelvin Mize to General Manager of WTNZ in Knoxville, Tennessee.
KCBD NewsChannel 11 made history once again Sunday, April 10, 2011 when it launched the first High Definition newscast on the Texas South Plains.
The hour-long RightThisMinute combines on-air journalism with the interactivity of social media, using the Internet, mobile, social media and citizen journalists. The fall debut will reach 30% of the U.S. through the three companies' stations.
Raycom Media is pleased to announce that Chris Disharoon has joined the Raycom Corporate Staff as Director of Strategic Planning and Development. Chris is responsible for the annual budgeting process, the review, due diligence, analysis and price modeling for acquisitions, mergers and other business development opportunities, and preparing board presentations.
The Cleveland Association of Broadcasters (CAB) has announced that Bill Applegate, Vice President and General Manager of WOIO/WUAB, is one of the 2011 Honorees of the annual "Excellence in Broadcasting" award. Applegate will join the ranks of some of Greater Cleveland's broadcasting greats and legends.
The Raycom Media family of stations, announce the promotion of two of its Senior Management Team in Richmond. Regional Vice President and General Manager, Don Richards has been promoted to Group Vice President, Raycom Media. In his new corporate role, Mr. Richards will now have responsibilities for 8 Raycom stations. In addition to his current stations: WWBT & WUPV Richmond; WMBF-TV Myrtle Beach; WECT-TV & WSFX-TV Wilmington NC; he will now also work with WBTV Charlotte; WCSC Charleston SC and WIS Columbia SC. Mr. Richards will be based in Richmond.
Collin Gaston has been promoted to Vice President and General Manager of WSFA-TV in Montgomery, Alabama effective March 28, 2011.
The E.W. Scripps Company and Raycom Media, Inc. have entered into a shared services agreement involving WPTV, the Scripps-owned NBC affiliate in West Palm Beach, Fla., and WFLX, the market's Raycom-owned Fox affiliate.
Susana Schuler, Vice President of News for Raycom Media, has been selected to receive the prestigious RTDNA First Amendment Service award, which is presented to "a person of distinction who works in an off-air, management capacity." She will be honored in Washington, DC, at the 21st Annual RTDNF First Amendment Awards Dinner.
Raycom Media is pleased to announce that Ken Selvaggi has been named Vice President and General Manager of WAVE-TV in Louisville. Ken will assume these new duties on Monday, March 21st after having served as Vice President and General Manager of WSFA-TV in Montgomery since July, 2006.