Airing on the Side of Agriculture

Former Farm Broadcaster Joins Osborn Barr As Public Relations Direction

FORMER FARM BROADCASTER JOINS OSBORN BARR AS PUBLIC RELATIONS DIRECTOR…The Osborn Barr mission is to be agriculture and rural America’s greatest advocate, but today, there is a growing societal pressure facing agriculture. One way Osborn Barr (O+B) is growing is by adding Josh St.Peters, an award-winning broadcaster, strategist and communicator, as its director of public relations.

Airing on the Side of Agriculture

FINDING NEW VOICES FOR TELLING THE AGRICULTURE STORY…is a key benefit of the NAFB Foundation’s scholarship and internship programs. Bill Holst (WNAX, Yankton, SD), Chair of NAFB’s Marketing & Promotion Advisory Board, said, “Personally, I feel a real calling to help bright young people realize there is truly an exciting future in our industry.” He believes that leaders at all levels need to mentor their replacements and continually change, while staying true to their morals and personal missions.

Texoma Cattlemen’s Conference

RON HAYS (Radio Oklahoma Network, Oklahoma City, OK) interviews Michele Murray, NCBA Director of Consumer Marketing, during the Texoma Cattlemen’s Conference, February 27, in Ardmore, OK.  Ron was emcee for the day-long event, sponsored by the Noble Foundation.

2014 DuPont Pioneer NAFB Foundation Internship Program

Through the generous support of DuPont Pioneer, the NAFB Foundation is offering 10 NAFB stations and networks the opportunity to begin or build on an internship program with a $1,000 grant. Each grant awarded helps cover the expense of an intern seeking “on the job” experience in agricultural broadcasting. Internships give a new generation an opportunity to sample an industry to see if it is compatible with their goals. 

National AG Day Activities In Washington

Max Armstrong (Farm Progress Companies, St. Charles, IL), left, and Lynn Ketelsen (Linder Farm Network, Owatonna, MN) and his wife, Mary, attended and covered the Ag Day dinner at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Patio, where Orion Samuelson (WGN, Chicago, IL) served as the program emcee.

Back At KSIR Microphone

On January 1, Lorrie Boyer returned as Farm Director and Morning Show host to Farm Radio 1010 KSIR (Fort Morgan, CO).  Lorrie may be “new” to her “old” position, but she is no stranger to radio and farm broadcasting. She started her career in 1998 at KLMR (Lamar, CO), and she spent four years there serving as Farm Director and mid-day radio show hos t for the country music station.

Oklahoma Ag Day

These photos were taken on Ag Day (March 26) at the Oklahoma Capitol in Oklahoma City. Sam Knipp interviews 2014 Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year Lisa Storm. She teaches 3rd grade at Heritage Elementary in Kingfisher, OK.    

NAFB Foundation Scholarships Available

Three $5,000 scholarships are available to assist students in pursuit of careers in Agricultural Communications: the Glenn Kummerow Memorial Scholarship, the George Logan Scholarship and the Orion Samuelson Scholarship.

In His Own Words

Tom Waldinger, President, Waldinger Creative, shared his thoughts on being the first NAFB Foundation Scholarship winner:

“There was my name. A tiny item among the 84 glossy pages of the January 16, 1978 edition of Broadcasting magazine (“the newsweekly of broadcasting and allied arts”). There it was, nestled in there among the big stories of the day: the Supreme Court agreeing to take on the FCC seven dirty words case, the announced departures of Sally Struthers and Rob Reiner from All in the Family and breaking news about CBS-TV’s planned rollout of its electronic palette and action track systems for the upcoming Super Bowl.

Dain Recognized with Award

MIKE DAIN (First Oklahoma Ag Network, Oklahoma City, OK) left, received the okPORK Distinguished Service Award, February 28, at the Oklahoma Pork Council annual meeting in Oklahoma City.   Basil Werner, 2013 okPORK, President, Board of Directors, presented the award.