Jay Ramey, from GreensboroSports.com, is featured in the Sunday Greensboro News and Record: “The Kid is catching on quick”

Jay Ramey, from Rockingham County, has been writing and broadcasting with us on GreensboroSports.com for about a year now, and today/Sunday, he is the feature story in the Greensboro News and Record Sports Section…He is the young sports prodigy, “The Kid”, as we like to call him….He is only 16 years old, and he sort of reminds me of the kid from the movie Field of Dreams, when the kid got his chance to come up to the plate vs. the older players…Jay, as “The Kid”, has proved his value and his abilities and now many are starting to take notice…

Jim Sands, from the Rockingham County Now edition of the N&R, put the Jay Ramey feature together, and it is in print now for you, TODAY, in the hard copy of the News and Record, and online at
www.greensboro.com…Very good work by Jim Sands, and Jay Ramey’s work speaks for itself, as he has turned out numerous articles for our website, he has been our guest on Football in Focus Shows, and he broadcasts Greensboro Grasshoppers games with us on Thursday nights from First National Bank Field, and the games can be heard on www.gsohoppers.com and at Bally Live TV…

CLICK BELOW for the link to his story at today’s News and Record, and hopefully the N&R paywall won’t hold you back…

https://greensboro.com/news/community/rockingham_now/teenager-making-a-name-for-himself-in-sports-broadcasting/article_1cfacef6-38d6-11ef-a138-474b8ac5412b.html

Thanks to Jim Sands at the RockinghamNow.com, we have the story for your readership, here at GreensboroSports.com, and again, Thanks to Jim….

Hungry teenager carving out a name for himself in sports broadcasting

REIDSVILLE – Some consider him a self-made prodigy, or simply call him ‘the kid,’ but don’t make the mistake of underestimating the young mans skills when Jason “Jay” Ramey, Jr. gets behind the microphone.

Being referred to as a youngster is a dilemma he’s run into before, after all, he’s only 16 years old and a rising junior student in Rockingham Community Colleges Early College Program. But behind the microphone, or with the pen, Ramey has the makings of a seasoned pro in the world of sports journalism. He’s already created his own online publication, “The Lucky Ledger” covering the Reidsville Luckies baseball team that plays in the Old North State League. In addition, he also has a regular spot as a broadcaster for the Greensboro Grasshoppers in the South Atlantic League North, an affiliate of the MLB’s Pittsburgh Pirates.

Covering sports is something Ramey devoted himself to long before he was old enough to drive. A few years ago, after submitting a few writing samples to executive producer Andy Durham at greensborosports.com, he got a job covering high school sports in Rockingham County and was featured on the sites Thursday night “Football in Focus” podcast.

“As a writer, I was really impressed with his detail, and he would take his time to get the story right. He wouldn’t try to rush it in. Sometimes on a website you are tempted to rush it to get a quick headline or a quick story. He would take his time and is very detailed and committed to getting it completely correct. Jay brings in a lot of good information with quotes from players and coaches, things like that and always has his details put together. After seeing what he could do, I felt like he would be a great on-air personality,” said Durham.

No doubt Ramey has made the most of every opportunity he’s pursued so far, and the way things are going, it looks like the beginning of a journey that could one day make him a national figure in the world of journalism and broadcasting in college or professional sports.

“I guess it started when I was about 7 years old. I used to wake up every morning and watch ESPN’s Sports Center before school. I knew I wasn’t going to play in the NBA or anything like that, but I like sports a lot and enjoy watching the commentator’s debate, so it was always in the back of my mind that it was something I wanted to do. I didn’t get serious about wanting to go into sports journalism and broadcasting until 2020,” he said. Ramey was 12 years old at the time of the revelation.

In his broadcasting role with the Luckies, he works alongside veteran broadcaster Joe Dexter, who has more than 10 years of experience behind the microphone.

In the spring of 2023, Dexter noticed Ramey sitting outside the press box taking notes prior to the first game of the season, and after finding out he was interested in broadcasting, invited him inside the booth to help him learn a little bit about radio.

Dexter, who also hosts RoCo radio, a show that features local musicians, news and weather, is also the creator of Dexter Media Solutions. He said he knew immediately the kid was a diamond in the rough.

“Whether it’s writing or broadcasting, the number one most important rule is to do your research. It’s about developing information and growing that way. Jay has an innate ability to not only do the research, but connect the research to the people that are on the field, and with that, he’s going to go a long way. Not only does he care about what he’s doing, but he puts the time in to make sure that he’s doing it the right way,” Dexter said.

Considering Ramey had no experience playing or covering the sport when he first began writing about baseball, it’s remarkable that he is now one of the top up-and-coming broadcasters in the state of North Carolina.

Ramey said working alongside veterans like Dexter and Durham has been a great experience, learning in the booth and on the job.

“They give me a lot of good feedback and advice on what I can improve on, but they also put me in situations to keep me on my toes and it prepares me for bigger things,” said Ramey.

Being so young, Ramey said sometimes people have been quick to dismiss him as a professional.

“Some people don’t see me as legit when we first meet, but all of the Luckies and Grasshoppers players and managers have treated me with the utmost respect. There have been a couple of times covering high school football I got a lot of ‘what is this kid doing here? We’re not giving you a spot’ type of situation, but most of my interactions have been very positive. I think once they realize that I do have a legitimate role covering sports, they like to see a young guy pursuing this as a career,” Ramey said.

With two more years before graduating high school ahead, Ramey is already looking to a college or university that can help him continue to become a broadcast journalist as a career. Jay is an ace in the classroom as well. He has a 4.0 unweighted GPA and is on track to graduate with a high school diploma and college associate degree from RCC as well.

Some of his favorite national broadcasters include Colin Cowherd, Nick Wright, Carlo Jiménez and Dan Patrick, and he said he really admires Kevin Hardlan and Mike Breen as broadcasters.

He’s not sure of what his ultimate dream job would be, but it looks like he’s most certainly headed in the right direction.

“That’s tough because there are so many things that I want to do, but I like writing. I like broadcasting and all things having to do with sports, so there’s not a singular dream job because there are so many things I want to try. I like to get my voice out there and with the Luckies and Grasshoppers I get to do both and I’m grateful for those opportunities. Writing and broadcasting really do go hand-in-hand. You can’t do one well without the other,” said Ramey.

Jay Ramey working with Andy Durham calling/announcing the Greensboro Grasshoppers game from First National Bank Field, in Greensboro, N.C.
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Joe Dexter, Jason “Jay” Ramey, Jr. and Eric “Santa” Smith are pictured in the Reidsville Luckies Press Box at Jaycee Park.
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