BOSTON – Sept. 7, 2017 – Cox Media Group (CMG) Boston’s Tom Raponi has announced his retirement from WFXT-TV at the end of 2017. Raponi, who has been with CMG for 22 years, has been the Vice President and General Manager of WFXT Fox25 since October 2014.
“Tom has enjoyed an impressive decades-long broadcast career, and he has been a tireless force in the communities where he has served,” said CMG Executive VP Jane Williams. “All of our CMG broadcast professionals have benefitted from Tom’s passion for the business. He is leaving a strong legacy, and we will miss him greatly.”
Raponi began his career with Cox in the San Francisco Bay area in January of 1996 as General Sales Manager of KTVU and was promoted to VP and GM of KICU in 2002 while also holding the position of Director of sales for both stations.
Prior to his current position, Raponi was the VP and General Manager of KTVU and KICU San Francisco from May 2011 through October 2014. Before joining Cox, Raponi was General Sales Manager at KMOV-TV in St Louis, Mo. He also worked as Director of Sales for WNYT-TV in Albany, NY; was both National Sales Manager and then Local Sales Manager of KCNC-TV in Denver, Colo.; and as a broadcast representative at Katz Communications in New York 1979, where his media career began.
“I have been blessed to have spent the last 22 years of my career working for KTVU and KICU in San Francisco and WFXT in Boston,” said Raponi. “I am thankful that Cox made a personal investment in me to help me develop my leadership skills, and afforded me the opportunity to work with so many talented broadcast professionals. The company’s executive leadership team and my colleagues have taught me the value of caring for our employees and that our mantra of ‘we compete with our products, and win with our people’ is not a slogan. It is the pedigree of our company.”
Raponi added that he and his wife Renee are now looking forward to the next chapter of their lives as they spend time together, visit with their children and explore all that life has to offer. “I am looking forward to continuing to play drums, take guitar lessons, volunteer at church and explore opportunities to possibly scout for a MLB team,” he said. “I know that great success will continue at Fox25, and I will be rooting for our team to win from wherever our travels may take us,” he said.
A native of New York, Raponi grew up in Queens, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Arts from St. John’s University. He was a varsity baseball player at St. John’s University for four years and signed a professional contract with the Detroit Tigers in September 1976.
CMG will begin the search for Raponi’s successor immediately.
About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company. The company’s operations currently include 14 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, more than 60 radio stations, seven daily newspapers and 11 non-daily publications; and more than 100 digital sites and services, like Rare.us, Clark.com, Dawg Nation, SEC Country, Hookem.com, Mundo Hispanico, Southern Kitchen and All22. Additionally, CMG operates the National Advertising Platform businesses of CoxReps – the country’s biggest television rep firm – Gamut, and Videa. CMG currently operates in more than 20 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including more than 31 million TV viewers, more than 3.5 million newspaper readers, and nearly 15 million radio listeners. For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com.