Perhaps best known as “The Outdoorsman” or “The Map Dot Guy,” Cory Ramsey could very well be called Kentucky’s Road Tripper. He has been a fixture of radio and TV across the Commonwealth for 22 years. By the age of 20, he was the creator and host of an hour long, weekly NASCAR show in 2001 called Race Wrap on sports talk radio WBGN-AM in Bowling Green. While hosting that show, he interviewed four different winners of the Daytona 500, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., and roamed the pit roads during races. This was after several years on air as disc jockey while still in his teenage years at Bowling Green’s WBVR FM, WUHU 107.1, and Murray’s Froggy 103.7 FM. While also doing radio news during that time, he was the winner of a William Randolph Hearst National Journalism Award, as well as multiple Kentucky AP Awards.
After doing radio for a few years, a move to television was in order, and Cory became an on air travel contributor to both WBKO TV’s Midday Live and WNKY TV’s Soky Sunrise. But there was still some radio work to be done now and then. He offered travel expertise on several radio stations across Kentucky, most notably with Terry Miners on WHAS Louisville and Lee Cruse on WVLK in Lexington. Tony Rose’s show on WDNS 93.3 also used his travel advice for several years, as did Rob Collins on Q104 and Tammy Sexton on 99.9 The Big Dawg in Campbellsville.
With the constant travel and media appearances came statewide attention. Cory was profiled by Dave Shuffett on the KET program Kentucky Life. He was also on the front cover of Kentucky Living Magazine, and featured in WKU Spirit Magazine, in Kentucky Monthly Magazine and nationally featured with an AP wire story. WKU Public Radio, the Bowling Green Daily News, and the Lexington Herald-Leader all profiled his travels. For several years he was a columnist for newspapers in western Kentucky, and also for STORY Magazine. He was the first Adventure Tourism Representative for the Kentucky Department of Tourism, a role he held for five years blogging about State Parks in Kentucky. He was featured as keynote speaker for meetings of the Southeast Tourism Society and Spotlight on the Southeast. He has spoken in front of crowds of hundreds at the Greenbrier and the Biltmore.
He was selected four years in a row as the official photography provider for the Kentucky Travel Guide published in Louisville. And he wrote the outdoors section for the 2016 Kentucky Visitor’s Guide published from Frankfort. He has been to every single county in Kentucky multiple times, and over 250 hiking trips. Perhaps his most recognizable role as of late has been as the creator and Road Tripper for Map Dot, Kentucky, a project started in 2013 to highlight small towns. He finished up on the travels for Map Dot and “retired” in 2017 with a documentary about his adventures due on television in the middle of 2018.
Originally from Hickman, Kentucky in Fulton County, he graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2004. In June 2017, he married a reporter who had done a feature story on him some years ago, and they live outside Bowling Green in Warren County, Kentucky.
And now you know a little about the blogger.