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News Director

Ralph has been at WHKY since November 2009. He assumed his current position as News Director in December of 2014.

Ralph was born in 1961 in Pinehurst and has lived in North Carolina all his life, from Southern Pines to Elizabeth City to Gastonia to Kannapolis to Boone and then back to Kannapolis again. He attended high school at Ashbrook in Gastonia and graduated from AL Brown in Kannapolis in 1979. Ralph continued his education at Appalachian State.

Ralph moved to Hickory in 1987. He has been married since 1994 and lives in Mountain View with his wife, Susan, and their menagerie of dogs, cats, goldfish, and a turtle.

His broadcasting career began at the age of 16 at WRKB FM & AM in Kannapolis and has continued through the years at a number of different stations. He has been the public address announcer for Lenoir-Rhyne University football since 2006 and was also a public address announcer for the Hickory Crawdads for about 14 years.

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[photo by Fentress Chestnut-Fountain]


Ralph Mangum — News Director