Cox Media Group announced today that Tom Raponi, currently Vice President & General Manager of KICU and Director of Sales of KTVU & KICU has been named Vice President & General Manager of KTVU & KICU. Raponi will succeed Tim McVay who is becoming the Vice President & General Manager of WSB in Atlanta. Raponi’s new role will be effective immediately.
“Tom has been a part of the Bay Area community for 16 years. He’ll do an outstanding job leading KTVU to deliver the quality news, programming and sales excellence that our viewers and customers have come to expect,” said Jay O’Connor, Group Vice President Cox Media Group.
Raponi had been the Vice President & General Manager of KICU since March 2001, as well as fulfilling the role of Director of Sales at KTVU & KICU. He has been with Cox since 1996.
“Tom has been instrumental in the success we have enjoyed and I can’t think of anyone more deserving and qualified. This is great for the station and Tom,” said Tim McVay, outgoing Vice President & General Manager of KTVU.
Prior to his roles at KTVU & KICU, he was the General Sales Manager at KMOV in St. Louis. He also worked as the Director of Sales for WNYT in Albany, National Sales Manager and Local Sales Manager of KCNC in Denver and as a broadcast representative at KATZ Communications in New York. 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.
“I’m excited and honored to be given the responsibility of leading KTVU. The station has a long tradition of being a leader in news, programming and the community. I look forward to helping the station continue with this tradition as well as leading the station into the new areas of emerging media technology,” said Raponi.
Tom and his wife Renee live in the East Bay and have three children; Andrew, Lauren and Lindsay.
About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises, is an integrated broadcasting, publishing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of Cox Reps. With revenues exceeding $1.5 billion, the company operations include 15 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 86 radio stations, four metro newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services.
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