Dave Ramsey makes national TV debut on FOX

Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at 2:28am

Local talk radio personality Dave Ramsey made his national television debut Monday evening, with the first broadcast of The Dave Ramsey Show on Fox Business Network.

The show is part of the programming line-up for new network FBN, and if the program and the new network are successful, it may spell expansion for Ramsey’s Brentwood company. FBN is operated by FOX News, which is owned by Roger Ailes-headed News Corp.

Ramsey lives in Middle Tennessee, and all of his operations — including the television studio where the show is filmed — are based in Brentwood. Ramsey’s company, The Lampo Group Inc., employs 200, and his radio show has 3 million listeners. His syndicated column “Dave Says” appears in newspapers including The City Paper.

While there were no viewer statistics available at press time, the show was made available to 30 million households, according to Ramsey’s spokesperson Beth Tallent. That includes markets in which the radio show is not currently available. Considering two of those markets are New York City and Los Angeles, Tallent said there is a “very good probability” for expansion of the company if the show is successful.

“We are very excited to see what happens when Dave’s on TV in Los Angeles,” Tallent said. “It’s really doing what we have learned to do over the last 15 years, with Dave being on the radio.”

Like Ramsey’s radio show, the FBN program includes calls and e-mails from viewers with questions about life and money. Also like the radio show, content for the television program is put together by producer Blake Thompson and phone call screener Laura Johnson.

Filming the first episode — which was shot in advance of its premiere — did not require any ramping up of facilities or staff, Tallent said. The show was filmed in Ramsey’s existing television studio, which has been used for media interviews nationwide as well as a Comcast telecast of Ramsey’s radio show that previously aired on Channel 49 in Middle Tennessee. That program has ceased to air, Tallent said, due to an agreement with FBN.

This isn’t the first time Ramsey has attempted to bridge into national television. The company had previously explored other television show possibilities, including a development deal with CBS that resulted in the filming of a reality show pilot starring Ramsey, Tallent said. The network did not pursue filming further episodes.

The Dave Ramsey Show is slated to appear every Monday at 7 p.m. Central Time on the Fox Business Network, channel 359. To ask Ramsey a question for the program, call 1-888-825-5225 or send an e-mail to daveonair@daveramsey.com.

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By: JohnGalt on 12/31/69 at 6:00

FWIW Amy...You'd be hard pressed to find even an inch of "film" which you claim the program was captured on. Tape would be the accurate word.

By: global_citizen on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Maybe CBS realized he has, as they say, a face for radio.I really like Dave Ramsey's message of fiscal wisdom and taking responsibility for your own prosperity. I do believe he might lead a one man revolution against the ubiquitous credit card industry. If, because of him, millions of people quit using credit cards as easy money to supplement a higher standard of living, that would be a good thing.Where I can't bear to listen to Ramsey is his constant preaching... yes, preaching. Not about finances, but about his particular fundamentalist religious beliefs. The show would be just as effective without it.I used to admire Dave Ramsey much more. That is until a friend of mine went to work for him. When Ramsey realized my friend did not share his religious beliefs, his career there came to a halt where previously it had been on a fast upward trajectory. Within a few months, he was invited to find work elsewhere.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

That's really unfortunate, global. But I feel exactly the same way. His financial advice is really good, especially for his demographic, but he really needs to lay off the preaching. That turns off people who could use his advice.

By: MJB on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I agree w/ both of you, Blanket & GlobCit. When Ramsey gives financial advice, he's good. When he thinks that he knows something about morals, ethics, or religion, I switch off.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Maybe he needs the religious rhetoric to really reach his demographic. Hmmm. You know he totes his Financial Security "classes" around to different churchs.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Maybe that's his business nitch.

By: Muzbuz on 12/31/69 at 6:00

His finiancial advice is based on Biblical principles, which is the foundation of his show and his wise advice. The other side of that coin is that Dave will offend some people because he has a belief system based on the same standard.

By: rsewell on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Isn't there a discrimination lawsuit in there for your friend, global-cit?

By: global_citizen on 12/31/69 at 6:00

He SAYS they're based on Biblical principles. But those principles are not exclusive to the Bible. That's the impression he likes to give, though.

By: global_citizen on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I'm not sure a lawsuit would be in order in this case and even if it was, it likely wouldn't be worth it. He wasn't fired outright, he was just immediately dead-ended. Even at the end he wasn't outright fired, he was just told it might be to his advantage to look for other employment. Previously he had been promoted several times in a little over two years and was always being encouraged to move up.

By: idgaf on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Overall he offers good advice for those that need it the most.

By: Muzhik on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Congrats Dave!

By: Cowboy84 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I have a hard time with his christian views because he uses them as an integral part of his message. He seems to suggest that without his christian principles people might not achieve "financial peace" Also, people I know who have worked for him directly and as contract labor, he wants to underpay them and tell them that they should take a cut in pay because of the "cause" they are supporting. I doubt Dave Ramsey would drop ANY of his fees for someone else's "cause".

By: MJB on 12/31/69 at 6:00

There's no such thing as "Biblical principles". Anyone who cites the Bible cherry-picks those parts he/she likes. GlobCit is correct. Nothing Dave Ramsey says is unique to the Bible. In addition, his exploitation of churches for his "seminars" is tasteless. It is a Christian principle not to worry about treasure on earth. Except for ensuring that everyone is fed, clothed, & sheltered, churches (tax-exempt, mind you) should stay out of the money business.