Ray Foushee - Director of Marketing, Research & Publicity - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Ray Foushee - Director of Marketing, Research & Publicity

Ray Foushee began his career at WDRB in April, 1981 when he came aboard as Promotion Manager, and aside for a short three-year hiatus in the late eighties, he's been here ever since - most likely because no one can figure out how to get rid of him. In addition to guiding the Promotion Department, Ray also was the primary station announcer during his early years at WDRB.

He created, produced and hosted the award-winning "TV As It Used To Be" and "Hilarity Hall" series, and developed a reputation as the station's in-house expert on old-time TV trivia. He was on staff when the then-new Fox Network launched in 1986, and can personally recall promoting such legendary programs as "Women in Prison," "Woops!" and "The New Adventures of Beans Baxter." Really. No kidding.

He also managed to waste a great deal of time watching Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck cartoons at his desk every weekday afternoon when he really should have been working. Which could possibly help to explain the short three-year hiatus.

Actually, during those three years, Ray served as vice-president of a Louisville-based sports marketing firm, and worked very closely with such clients as the athletic programs at the University of Louisville, University of Miami and Texas A&M University, as well as the PGA of America.

In early 1991 he returned to WDRB as a freelance producer, announcer and copywriter, and in 1997 assumed the duties of Director, Advertising and Promotion. In early 2001, he was named to the new post of Director, Marketing, Research and Publicity, where he assists the Sales Department in ratings analysis and the development of client-based creative concepts.

In his free time since 1984, Ray has recorded over 400 books as a narrator for the American Printing House for the Blind, and was the recipient of the American Foundation for the Blind's Alexander Scourby Award for Excellence in the Narration of Non-Fiction in 1995.

A Louisville native, Ray is a graduate of Bellarmine University and a proud retired member of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butchers Workmen Local 227. He is the Head Coach of the legendary Thundering Papillons Fantasy Football team, and his other professional memberships include the Supermen of America, the Merry Marvel Marching Society, The Followers of Toby's Nose and The Exalted Order of Bucketeers.

He and his long-suffering wife, Jane, have one really cool daughter, Maggie, and a son-in-law, Chris, who's not bad himself.

You can reach Ray at (502) 585-0746 or email him at rfoushee@wdrb.com.

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