Of the many local broadcast TV leaders across the U.S., there are few as well-known and beloved as Brad Ramsey.
A 19-year veteran, Ramsey in 2018 took the President/GM reins at one of TEGNA‘s biggest stations. Now, he’s been promoted and will take on oversight of the company’s stations in two other Lone Star markets.
To accommodate Ramsey’s new broader duties, WFAA’s Executive News Director is being promoted to VP and Station Manager.
Ramsey will now hold the title of SVP, overseeing ABC affiliate KVUE-24 in Austin and CBS affiliate KENS-5 in San Antonio.
He’ll retain his President/GM duties for WFAA, and will be traveling I-35 a lot starting now.
In Dallas, while Ramsey is traveling, Carolyn Mungo will steer WFAA, per her promotion.
The changes come as TEGNA elects not to hire a local replacement for KENS and KVUE EVP Peter Diaz, who is retiring at the end of 2019.
For 12 years starting in 2000, following his receipt of an MBA from Virginia Tech, Ramsey was an integral part of Gray Television‘s stations serving Winchester, Va., and Harrisonburg, Va., to the south. He began his career by heading the news team’s sports desk and rose to the GM chair before transferring in 2008 to Charlottesville, where he would serve as VP/GM of WCAV, WVAW and WAHU.
As RBR+TVBR reported, Gray is selling these stations to Lockwood Broadcasting.
It’s been seven years since Ramsey was in Charlottesville, however, and from 2012-2014 was President/GM of TEGNA’s WVEC-13 in Norfolk, his first position with the company formerly known as Gannett. In 2014, he was promoted to VP/Sales for TEGNA, taking a corporate level role.
Two years later, Ramsey stepped aside and into the water — sort of. In 2016, he departed to serve as VP of Global Sales for Norfolk-based Boats Group. Then, in 2017, he took the role of VP/Business Strategy for The Center for Sales Strategy.
“Hokie Brad” returned to TEGNA one year ago. He succeeded Michael Devlin, who previously announced his retirement.
“Brad is a tireless advocate for our work as local broadcasters,” said TEGNA EVP/COO for Media Operations Lynn Beall. “His infectious leadership style and operations acumen will make him an excellent resource for his colleagues in Austin and San Antonio.”