Airing on the Side of Agriculture

50 Amazing Years in Broadcasting

Mike Murphy (KSUM/KFMC, Fairmont, MN) offers his reflections about a 50-year career in broadcasting. “My first day on the radio, New Year’s Day 1964, found me trying my best to stay composed, push all the right buttons, and say all the right things at the appropriate time.” His first day evolved into many days, now numbering 50 years full of “seat-of-the-pants decisions,” “rip and read” and “play the songs.” Even though each day was more of the same, Mike described his radio experience as “never dull” and “never boring.” Seeing it as fun, he observed, “Can’t believe I get paid to do this!”

NAFB Intern Works with WKDZ in Kentucky

Allen Humphries participated in the NAFB Intern Program during the month of July and early August. “Allen spent the summer learning about the Morning Ag Report and the WKDZ Country Club,” says Alan Watts (WKDZ/WHVO, Cadiz, KY). “He covered a number of events such as the Trigg County Farm Tour, the University of Kentucky Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field Day at the Research and Education Center in Princeton and other events.” 

Blue and Geiger Team Up To Cover Iowa Agriculture

David and Brandon produce seven minutes of agricultural news content daily, and present it to an audience of both rural and urban watchers not only in the Des Moines area, but also in the Cedar Rapids market. “This means our show is watched by about two-thirds of the state.”

A Summer Vacation Without Room Service

Rick Haines (Independent Ag Network, Twin Falls, ID) observed, “Most people vacation with room service, but at my camp, horse and cow work is always a welcome diversion!”  In an email from Rick in late July, he said, “I spent the last five days on the Montana side of the Idaho border outside Yellowstone Park in wolf and grizzly country working cattle with Sitz Angus (prominent producers).  

International Assignment for NAFB Board Member

Pat Morrow, communications manager at BASF Corporation, has been appointed to an assignment as senior communications manager, BASF Japan. In this role, she will lead communications for the agricultural division of BASF in Japan including branding, marketing communications, and public relations. 

NAFB Welcomes New Events & Service Manager

PLATTE CITY, Missouri (September 15, 2014) – Kim Holland has joined the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) as the Events & Service Manager. She comes to the NAFB from Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Westin and Sheraton Hotels, Crown Center, where she most recently served as a Meeting and Event Manager. Kim is no stranger to the NAFB, and the annual convention, held at the Westin every November. During the course of her 18 years at the Westin Crown Center, Kim has been involved at various different levels with planning and implementation of the NAFB convention.

The National Association of Farm Broadcasting Purchases Office Building

Platte City, MO (September 5, 2014) – The National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) has purchased the current headquarters professional office building in Platte City, Mo. The purchase was made after a lengthy discovery phase starting last December by the NAFB Executive Board, Executive Director, association advisors and an Exploratory Committee. The Board of Directors approved the purchase decision during the Summer Board Meeting, July 24, 2014.

From Seed Company Communicator to FFA Advisor

DeAnna J. Thomas, Allied Industry member from LG Seeds has changed positions.  She’s begun her new role as Midwest Central Agriculture Education teacher and FFA Advisor in Manito, IL.  She’ll miss telling the LG Seeds story and working with NAFB, but in her new role, she will be using her skills to teach an agricultural communications course. 

New Web Site Launched

Bill and Lisa Ray, owners and operators of AGRINET® NEWS have launched a new website, www.agrinet.com, including news, bios, history, photos, and more.   “Like all good things, it's a work in progress,” Lisa said.

 

From Farm Broadcasting to Travel Ambassador

Retired farm broadcaster Roddy Peeples is turning his people skills sharpened by years of farm broadcasting toward welcoming travelers arriving at Dallas/Ft.Worth International Airport (DFW). Even though Roddy sold the Voice of Southwest Agriculture (VSA) Radio Network in Texas in 1995 to Clear Channel Communications, he continued broadcasting for the network several times a month until about six years ago. Roddy and wife, Bettimae, moved to Dallas from San Angelo, TX, in 1997, and in 1999 Roddy joined the then fledgling DFW Airport Ambassador program as a volunteer. 

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