The Nebraska Rural Radio Association (NRRA) board of directors recently announced Tim Marshall will become the new CEO/general manager of the company effective January 1, 2020. Marshall succeeds Craig Larson who announced in March his plans to retire at the end of the year.

Todd Gleason (Non-Commercial Broadcast Council, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois) decided to become a farm broadcaster in high school. Like many of his decisions, it was practical. He is the fifth of six farm boys from Logan County, Illinois, and it was clear there would not be a good path back to the farm for him. He decided to do the one thing that stopped everything on the farmstead. When the farm broadcaster was on the radio, everyone listened. 

Allied Industry member Anne Blankenbiller (Irrigation Association [IA], Fairfax, Virginia) has announced the annual Irrigation Show and Education Week will be held December 2-6, 2019, in Las Vegas. “For the second year, we are including a Radio Row section on the trade-show floor,” Blankenbiller said.

John Gooding (WGFA/WIBK, Watseka, Illinois) was a typical farm kid growing up in rural America, participating in 4-H and FFA, and walking beans. When he graduated from the University of Illinois, where he studied economics, there really wasn’t enough acreage for him to return to the family farm. He went into banking for several years and attended The Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin.

Just thinking about how much he has loved broadcasting, Max Armstrong (WGN, Chicago, Illinois) offered his reflections about this business and how grateful he is for his various opportunities.

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