The Farm Monitor On-Air Staff:
Paul Beliveau is co-anchor and executive producer, and is celebrating 50 years in broadcasting in 2013. His first fulltime radio job in 1963 was as a "Top 40 disc jockey" in southern New England. That led to a career as a journalist, TV news anchor, news director and director of operations in radio and television from New England to Puerto Rico to Georgia. He spent 15 years at Multimedia Inc.'s WMAZ-AM-FM-TV (1970-85) prior to joining Georgia Farm Bureau as Director of Information and Public Relations in 1985 -- his current position. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Mercer University's Stetson School of Business and Economics for many years, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Association of Broadcasters. He served 4 years on active duty with the U.S. Air Force, served in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and is currently active in the USAF Auxiliary - the Civil Air Patrol - as Deputy Commander of Georgia Wing, Group III. CAP and its fleet of aircraft and trained aircrews conduct 90% of the inland Search & Rescue missions in the U.S. for the USAF and also perform Homeland Security and counter-drug missions.
Ray D'Alessio joined the Georgia Farm Monitor staff in November, 2012. Ray spent 21 years as both a Sports and News Anchor / Reporter at the local and national level. From 2001 to 2008, Ray was a Sports Anchor/Reporter for CNN & CNN Headline News in Atlanta, most notably on Morning Express with Robin Meade where he co-anchored from 2001 to 2004. During his time at CNN, Ray covered numerous sporting events, everything from the Kentucky Derby to the Daytona 500. In 2009, Ray left CNN and spent the next 14 months in Louisville, Kentucky where he anchored the morning news at NBC affiliate WAVE-TV. In 2010, Ray returned to Atlanta and rejoined CNN as a freelance sports anchor until hired at Georgia Farm Bureau. Prior to his CNN career, Ray was primary sports anchor and sports director at Fox affiliate WXIN-TV in Indianapolis from 1996 to 2001. He's also anchored in Toledo, Ohio and Terre Haute, Indiana. Ray earned his Bachelor's degree in speech communication/Radio-TV broadcasting from Eastern Illinois University in 1991. He was also the starting place kicker for the University's football team for the 1989-1990 seasons. Ray and his wife of nearly 20 years live in McDonough, GA with their two children. They are members of Community Bible Church where Ray occasionally plays drums in the Church band.
Michael Edmondson came from the production side of the local FOX network affiliate, WGXA-TV in January of 1997. Michael is Manager of Web and Video Production, and is responsible for program production, our studios and gear, and our corporate websites, Facebook and Twitter presence. He also shoots and produces an occasional video piece.
Rick Treptow is a veteran TV journalist beginning in the 1970's at WMAZ-AM-FM-TV in Macon. He started his news career shooting 16mm news film, graduated to videotape and now uses digital format. He has logged thousands of miles criss-crossing the state, spending time with farmers to produce stories for the show. He joined the Monitor staff in 1985. Rick is primarily responsible for our sister radio network, the Georgia Farm Radio Network (GFRN), which produces 7 ag programs a day for 55 radio station affiliates in Georgia.
Mark Wildman spent 5 years working on media production for Georgia state government agencies, then worked for 6 years as a freelance photojournalist on numerous projects in and around the state, most recently with Georgia Public Television. He joined the Monitor staff in 2005 and is a reporter/field producer for the show.
Dean Wood, with 15 years experience in television production, joined the Monitor staff in 2008. He has worked for CBS affiliate 13WMAZ and Cox Communications as a commercial producer. Dean left WMAZ in early 2005 to become a freelance television commercial videographer and editor, and won several awards for his work in Georgia and North Carolina. He switches the show, and along with the producers, post-produces the Monitor for broadcast each week. Dean is also an active supporter of the Alzheimer's Association.
Damon Jones joined our staff in 2011. Damon was sports director for a local FOX affiliate when he joined the Monitor staff. He has come to know much about Georgia's farmers and agriculture in the state from his travels producing weekly stories for the show.