KYW-TV Evening Magazine hosts Ray Murray and Susie Pevaroff
circa 1979

Broadcast Pioneers member Ray Murray began his media career in 1974 as a reporter at KORJ-FM, a small station in Orange, California. For the next three years, he held News Director positions at radio stations in Northern and Southern California, and in 1977 became the nightly news anchor, and host of “PM Magazine” at the KTVN-TV, the CBS affiliate in Reno, Nevada.

In 1979, he came to Philadelphia as the co-host of KYW-TV’s “Evening Magazine,” a position he still describes as the “best job in television.” In 1992, Ray was lucky enough to follow his passion for producing and co-founded Philadelphia-based Banyan Productions.

The company has produced more than 45 original series for the nation’s leading broadcast and cable networks, including OWN, The Travel Channel, Discovery and many more. Banyan created TLC’s daytime schedule with shows like A Wedding Story, A Baby Story, Perfect Proposal and the phenomenally successful Trading Spaces.

In addition to their cable series, Banyan recently launched a new company called VuNeex, which creates private social TV networks for corporations and organizations. Ray lives in Swedesboro, NJ with his wife Terri, who is the Director of Programming at HGTV and their 5-year-old daughter, Olivia.

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