26. Dan Ronayne
EVP/GM, MSG Networks
Years in Cable: “A lot”
Education: BA, Business Administration, Eastern Michigan University
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: “Enjoy every sandwich” – Warren Zevon
Ronayne this year oversaw live telecasts for seven pro teams, led the nets to huge improvement margins for the N.Y. Knicks and N.Y. Rangers and brought new events such as the rookie hockey tournie Traverse City Prospects and surfing competition Quicksilver Pro New York. He’ll be expanding in 2012 with more events, musical acts and movies. Ronayne, one of 11 children, says he’d put just about anything on a hot dog, which dovetails nicely with his best advice, from songwriter Warren Zevon (see above).
The one topping that should never be put on a hot dog: Trick question, everything is good on a hot dog.
My favorite restaurant: The Shelter Island Pharmacy Lunch Counter
The one thing I tell my kids about success in life: Find your passion…
The top 3 most played selections on my iPod: “Car Wheels On A Gravel Road,” Lucinda Williams; “When You Awake,” The Band; “Last Kiss,” Pearl Jam
My favorite iPad app: Star Map 3D
My guilty television pleasure: Shatner’s “Raw Nerve” on Biography
If I could only have authenticated online access to 5 cable networks (not affiliated with my company), they would be… FSN Detroit, HBO, BBC America (“Top Gear”), Comedy, AMC