Raycom EVP-COO Wayne Daugherty To Retire

The TV station executive will step down at the end of the year. He began his career in TV sales 44 years ago at WSFA Montgomery, Ala.

Raycom Media announced today that Wayne Daugherty, executive vice president and chief operating officer, will retire effective Dec. 31, after 44 years in the television industry.

Raycom Media President-CEO Paul McTear said in a statement: “Wayne’s dedication and commitment to Raycom Media throughout the years has played a substantial role in the growth and success of our organization. Although we will miss him, he has more than earned the right to spend more time with his family, friends, volunteer efforts, and hobbies. We at Raycom Media extend our warmest wishes for the future to Wayne and his family.”

Daugherty began his media career in television sales with WSFA Montgomery, Ala. He served as general sales manager, station manager, and general manager of WTVM Columbus, Ga., until it was purchased by AFLAC Broadcasting in 1989. He then joined the AFLAC Broadcast corporate staff assuming the position of EVP and later became president of the AFLAC Broadcast Group until it was sold to Raycom Media in 1997.

Following the purchase of AFLAC’s group of television stations, Daugherty joined Raycom as a group VP in 1997. His career continued to evolve and he was promoted to his current position of EVP-COO of Raycom Media in 2006.

About his retirement Daugherty said: “My wife Belinda and I have plans to enjoy the days ahead but we will never forget Raycom or its employees who over the years have meant so much to us. We are excited about traveling and seeing our grandchildren more often. Some of our time will be spent volunteering in an effort to give back to a community that has been so good to us.”

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loretta mahoney says:

November 22, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Congratulations to Wayne. He’s one of the remaining good guys in the business.

Liz Sidoti and Bob Lewis says:

November 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Wayne is a real gentleman and a professional in every sense of the word. He will be missed but we all hope that he enjoys many, many years of retirement and good health. A classy guy and a tribute to Paul and the Raycom team for having him on their team.