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 firstname.lastname@example.org.