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Lisa Ray

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BILL RAY

AGRINET® NEWS HOST

BILL RAY began his radio career in 1966 on WINA in Charlottesville, Virginia.  As owner of Mount Air Farms, he needed market news for the area in his own farming operation. He asked the local station to provide this info & they asked him to produce the news.  With a B. S. degree in Animal Science from Virginia Tech and for his work for the agricultural broadcasting community, Bill has been recipient of Soil Conservation Awards, Young Farmer Awards and Service to Agriculture citations. Bill Ray is considered to be one of the nation’s premier agricultural news reporters.

Rising from farm news director to a Vice President at Charlottesville Broadcasting, Bill says his best memories are working with Don Hyne, the original owner of Charlottesville Broadcasting, Colin Rosse, General Manager, Larry and Katharine Richardson who later bought the radio stations.  In 1970, Bill set up the first live interconnected farm radio network, AGRINET in partnership with Charlottesville Broadcasting. During his tenure with Charlottesville Broadcasting, Bill worked with great broadcasters including Chet Hagan, producer of the NBC Today.

Bill joined NBC-TV New York/Washington, DC in the late 70s as a consultant producing news documentaries investigating agriculture and food news including federal inspectors.  His work has been carried by the BBC, the CBC and the Australian Broadcasting Commission.  Bill hosted and produced the national award-winning syndicated Ag show, “Crossroads Camera.” Film credits include “The Antibiotic Controversy” used in Congressional hearings for the livestock industry, The Future of American Agriculture,” “Agriculture in the 80s” and “Ag Today.”

In 1985, Ray Communications, Inc. formed its own satellite network with Gingery Satellite Associates.  In addition to AGRINET®, Ray Communications distributed numerous professional and collegiate sports including The Washington Redskins football, Baltimore Orioles baseball, Philadelphia Phillies baseball, Philadelphia 76ers basketball, Penn State, Virginia Tech, University of Maryland, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Daytona Speedway and Bob Costas’ Coast-to-Coast.  He began Motor Racing Network satellite network distribution.  Bill continues to produce the Atlantic Sports Report, an insider sports news analysis of Atlantic Coast Conference college sports.

Further, Bill started the Ray-D-O Biz stations.  During his ownership he built two 100,000 watt radio stations from the ground up, including two 1000+ foot strong broadcast towers, which he operated through 2002. Stations featured Agrinet News.

Bill has interviewed Presidents back to President Lyndon B. Johnson “til we got in the Bushes.” His broadcast credits include interviews with Presidents Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and Clinton. 

Throughout his career, Bill has provided the broadcast industry with national and international coverage on trade news including live on-site World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conferences the 5th Ministerial Conference, Hong Kong, back to the General Agreement on Tariff & Trade (GATT) Uruguay Round, Geneva and U. S. trade missions. He has interviewed many world leaders, diplomats, trade representatives, governors, senators and congressional members and key spokespersons of trade associations, corporations as well as top level military officials.  Bill has covered annual meetings and events for the American Sugar Alliance, Phillip Morris USA, US Feed Grains Council, Animal Health Institute, Goodyear Conservation and National Agricultural Chemical Association.

With technology advancing today, AGRINET® NEWS is available by radio, internet and mobile phone at www.agrinetradio.comNational and international Ag politics and trade news is at the forefront of AGRINET® NEWS twice a day, every day.

Bill and his wife, Lisa, live on their Angus cattle farm in Currituck County, North Carolina where Ray Communications studio offices are located.

© 2007 AGRINET® is a federally registered trademark of Ray Communications.  All rights reserved.