The head of Cox Media Group’s Fox affiliate in Boston will leave at the end of this year.
Tom Raponi, who has been VP and general manager of Cox Media Group’s Fox affiliate WFXT Boston (DMA 9), has announced his retirement at the end of this year. Raponi, who has been with CMG for 22 years, has been the VP-GM of WFXT 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 EVP 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 January of 1996 as general sales manager of KTVU and was promoted to VP-GM of KICU in 2002 while also holding the position of director of sales for both stations.
Prior to his current position, Raponi was VP-GM of KTVU-KICU San Francisco from May 2011 through October 2014.
Before joining Cox, Raponi was general sales manager of KMOV St Louis, Mo. He also worked as director of sales for WNYT Albany, N.Y.; was both national sales manager and then local sales manager of KCNC Denver; and as a broadcast representative at Katz Communications in New York in 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.”