Airing on the Side of Agriculture

45th Annual Ag Secretary Broadcast Interview

On December 10, 2019, Orion Samuelson (WGN Radio, Chicago, Illinois) marked his 45th year of doing a live year-end TV-radio interview with the Secretary of Agriculture in his office in Washington, D.C.

Bower Returns to KICD, NAFB

If you were confused when you read George Bower (KICD, Spencer, Iowa) is a new NAFB member, you’re not alone. He left broadcasting for 10 months, but now he’s back.

Allmer Wins Service to Agriculture Award

In 2019, on its 100th birthday, Colorado Farm Bureau awarded Farm Broadcaster Brian Allmer  (Brian Allmer Radio Network, Briggsdale, Colorado) with its Service to Agriculture award.

Ellis is a 50-Year Ag Communicator

Stu Ellis (WHOW, Decatur, Illinois) has been a well-known agricultural communicator in Illinois for nearly 50 years. 

Thornton Joins U.S. Soybean Export Council

Mace Thornton is vice president of communications and marketing for the United Soybean Board and U.S. Soybean Export Council.

Davidson is New NAFB Member

Avery Davidson has taken the place of Carey Martin at Louisiana Farm Bureau, who recently moved to Waco as manager of the Texas Farm Bureau Radio Network. Davidson, a native of New Iberia, Louisiana, also co-hosts the Louisiana Farm Bureau’s weekly TV show This Week in Louisiana Agriculture and has covered agriculture for both radio and television for a number of years.

Griffiths Named Farm Broadcaster of the Year

Clinton Griffiths (Farm Journal Broadcasting, South Bend, Indiana) finds it very easy to stay busy these days. 

Nebraska Rural Radio Association to Acquire Seven Additional Stations

The only farmer-and-rancher-owned radio association is expanding its reach. The Nebraska Rural Radio Association (NRRA) has reached an agreement to purchase seven additional radio stations in Nebraska. Legacy Communications has agreed to the deal, which includes six stations in the Scottsbluff market and one station in Holdrege. 

Zortman Highlights His 53-Year Broadcasting Career

Bill Zortman (KELO/KELQ, Sioux Falls, South Dakota) grew up as a farm kid in Onawa, Iowa, feeding sheep, hogs, and cattle with his family. 

Carey Martin Heads to Texas

Carey Martin has packed his bags and headed west. On December 2, the long-time Louisiana farm broadcaster started a new phase of life as the general manager and farm broadcaster for the Texas Farm Bureau Radio Network, headquartered in Waco, Texas.