Airing on the Side of Agriculture

Gleason: A Pioneer in Transition to Digital

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. 

Radio Row Planned for Irrigation Show in December

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.

Family Farming Enhances Gooding's Broadcasts

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.

For Armstrong, Broadcasting is Pursuit of a Dream

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.

Marshall Named New CEO of NRRA

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.

Radio Station of the Year

KWCL-FM, in Oak Grove, Louisiana, an affiliate of the Louisiana Agri-News Network (now Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Radio Network) for more than 30 years, was honored as 2019 Radio Station of the Year by the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation.

Veteran News Voice Joins NAFB

If you have lived in the Midwest, specifically eastern Iowa, you have no doubt heard the voice of Roger King, news director, KOEL-AM (Oelwein, Iowa). King started at KOEL in 1989 and was promoted to news director in 1999. He has been reporting the news to northeast Iowans for more than 30 years.

RRFN Hosts Annual "Know Your Farmer" Tour

In late July, the Red River Farm Network (RRFN) hosted a dozen representatives of the advertising agency world for its annual Know Your Farmer Tour.

Kirstin Rall Joins American Ag Network

A new name to watch in farm broadcasting is Kirsten Rall. She is a 2019 ag communications graduate of North Dakota State University (NDSU), who started as an intern and is now the newest full-time member of the American Ag Network team. 

Michigan Ag Information Network Announces New Farm Broadcaster

The Michigan Ag Information Network (MAIN) is proud to introduce Ashley Davenport as its new in-state farm broadcaster. Beginning August 1, Davenport became the face and voice of this growing radio network.