West grad now AOL Entertainment Manager

November 21, 2012

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Randall W. Craycraft, formerly of Stout and a 1999 graduate of Portsmouth West High School, will be coming home for the Thanksgiving weekend with a new title from one of America’s premier companies. Craycraft was recently promoted to the position of General Manager of AOL Entertainment, overseeing AOL Music and Moviefone.

Since joining AOL in 2011, Craycraft focused his efforts on launching AOL Industry, the company’s trade media division comprised of AOL Energy, AOL Defense, and AOL Government where he built a best-in-class set of products that is unique to trade media. Craycraft also created thye Social Alert Network, AOL’s internal initiative that elevates localized emergency alerts across the internet.

Prior to joining AOL, Craycraft worked for NBC Universal, working his way up the ranks from an intern on the Today show to a founding senior producer in NBC’s Digital Innovation division. He has a Digital Design degree from the University of Cincinnati and a Master’s degree in Television, Radio, and Film from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, where he was awarded the Gordon J. Alderman Award for Creativity in Broadcast.

Craycraft also sits on the board of directors for the Astoria Performing Arts Center, and works as a fund raiser for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Craycraft is the son of the late Gail L. Craycraft and Richard Craycraft of Stout, and the grandson of the late Raldo and Betty Keller of Rosemount and Bill and Ruth Craycraft of Friendship.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@heartlandpublications.com