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I'm a longtime contributor to MTV, Billboard, Alternative Press and MovieWeb. I've worked as on-air reporter, host, writer and producer for MTV, MSNBC and E!. I have provided opinion and commentary to programs on VH1, IFC, G4, Fuse, Current and Oxygen. I have written for Huffington Post, Premiere, OC Weekly, SFGate.com, NextMovie.com, MTV's television and movie blogs and other publications. I am the founder of Superhero Productions, providing broadcast, online and aftermarket content for a number of clients including Lionsgate, Sony and Warner Bros. I personally handle artist management for a handful of bands. "Ryan Downey has established a history of breaking some good scoops in the last few years, and you could certainly do worse than bookmark [him] to check in on." -- Ain't It Cool

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

MTV: Ronnie James Dio


I wrote the obituaries for June Carter Cash and Dimebag Darrell Abbott and writing the obituary for Ronnie James Dio, one of the greatest voices in rock music, wasn't any easier.

You can read my MTV News story RIGHT HERE. In followup pieces, I've gotten reactions from members of Slipknot, Slayer, Anthrax, As I Lay Dying and Fireball Ministry which you can read RIGHT HERE as well as statements from Rob Zombie and members of Killswitch Engage, Mastodon and Fear Factory, which you can read RIGHT HERE.

The first concert I ever attended without a parent was DIO & Megadeth at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana in February, 1988. This is a truly sad time for metal fans worldwide. God bless you, Ronnie.

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