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Athletic Administration: Inside The Birdcage – Remembering Ray by Jay Walker

Cajun Nation mourns the loss of a familiar face from behind-the-scenes

By Jay Walker, Special to RaginCajuns.com 

April 20, 2020

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Many from Cajun Nation have a fond memory of Ray Sutley. Jay Walker shares one here. 

Cajun Nation lost a good one early Monday morning.

You may not know the name Ray Sutley. But if you are a Ragin’ Cajuns fan, you probably recognized his face. And, if you listened to the radio, you certainly knew his voice.

Ray lost a long battle with lymphoma and its complications at the age of 66. 

Those of us in the media lost a cherished colleague. My personal relationship with “Sudsy”, as a lot of us called him, went all the way back to 1977 when I went to work at KSMB Radio. Ray did the mid-day show. I did afternoons. And, for the last 30 years, Ray and I were together at KPEL Radio. He most recently oversaw commercial production at Townsquare Media, a position he held for over a decade.

Ray worked on Ragin’ Cajuns Football broadcasts in the mid-1980s and early 90s. But his relationship with Cajuns sports was deeper than that. 

When he wasn’t on the football broadcasts, he was on the athletic department’s stat crew, helping to compile the information that you read about or heard about. He did the same for basketball and that went back to the days at Blackham Coliseum. 
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Athletic Network Footnote by Dr. Ed Dugas.
Ray’s obituary will be posted on www.athleticnetwork.net as soon as it is finalized.
Our condolences to his family and friends.