Ray Cole



Ray Cole is a Hall of Fame broadcaster whose executive career spans five decades. As president and chief operating officer of Citadel Communications LLC, Ray has held leadership roles on the boards of the ABC-TV Affiliates Association, National Association of Broadcasters, Television Bureau of Advertising and Broadcasters Foundation of America. He has received national and local recognition for his leadership in the broadcast industry and his contributions to the community at large, including being presented the Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award in July, 2019. An inductee to the Iowa Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2015, Ray will soon be inducted into the prestigious national Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2023.

Audiences enjoy hearing about Ray’s experiences with successful figures from the worlds of television, sports, entertainment and politics. He shares his insights into the “winning” traits, qualities and attributes identified by the many “winners” profiled in and/or interviewed for his book, Hangin’ with Winners, that was published in October, 2021. Ray is an engaging storyteller who uses personal anecdotes to punctuate his themes of character, integrity, leadership, and teamwork. He strives to do so in a manner that leaves his audience entertained, informed and inspired.


Last Updated: October 31, 2022