Ronnie Agnew, Mississippi Public Broadcasting

Thursday night, I’ll be the Roastmaster for the Mississippi Press Association’s Roast of Mississippi Public Broadcasting chief Ronnie Agnew. Ronnie is technically my boss (for radio and TV) and was my boss at The Clarion-Ledger for years. Any pressure? Nah. What can he do, fire me? (yes).

It will be a fun evening. All money raised goes to a scholarship for journalism students.

Here’s the dais:

David Hampton…….Adjunct Professor, Jackson State University & Retired Journalist (and my editorial page editor and main editor for 15 years. He was funny in my roast two years ago.)

Earnest Hart……Director of Publications Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office (worked with Earnest for 15 years as well)

Joseph Bryant… .Senior Aide, Jefferson County (AL) Commission Former Journalist Never met him.

Will Norton……….Dean, University of Mississippi School of Journalism and New Media (Will has a sharp tongue — should be a really good one)

Rebuttal…………………….Ronnie Agnew, Mississippi Public Broadcasting (he says mean things about the other people on the dais).

Presentation…………………………Paul Keane (He will give Ronnie a plaque.)

Like I mentioned earlier, I was roasted a couple of years ago. There were some pretty good shots taken at me and I thought they were hilarious. The Governor even joined in, showing creepy Mr. Bill-type cartoons of him killing me. I laughed but moved the silverware away from him.



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Marshall Ramsey, a nationally recognized editorial cartoonist, shares his cartoons and travels the state as Mississippi Today’s Editor-At-Large. He’s also host of a weekly statewide radio program and a television program on Mississippi Public Broadcasting and is the author of several books. Marshall is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a 2019 recipient of the University of Tennessee Alumni Professional Achievement Award.