Airing on the Side of Agriculture


NAFB Events Manager Shannon Higgins and Michael Kennedy will be married at a January 2020 ceremony in Kansas City.  


Sabrina Hill and Rusty Halvorson were married in an intimate wedding with family and close friends September 28, 2019. 


On August 24, 2019, Russell Nemetz and Rachel Hafla were married in Billings, Montana. 

Robinson's Route to Broadcasting Career

Tom Robinson (KSOM, Atlantic, Iowa) took a different route than most when entering the field of broadcasting. 

Gray Joins NAFB Ranks

Shannon Gray (AlphaMedia USA, Amarillo, Texas) returns to KGNC-AM as the agribusiness news director, bringing previous knowledge and experience to the AlphaMedia team.

Brunker to Receive 2019 NAMA Award

Bob Brunker (J.L. Farmakis, Inc.; NAFB Management and Sales Council member) is receiving the 2019 National Agri–Marketing Association (NAMA) Professional Development Award (PDA) of Excellence at this year’s NAMA Fall Conference, October 7-9, in St. Louis, Missouri. 

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.