Reflecting on 40 years in Broadcasting

Ag News Director Craig Mead (Mid America Ag Network, Wichita, KS) began his radio career in 1974 at KNIC (Winfield, KS). “I well remember the ‘Stockman's Advisories’ issued by the weather service in those days. Back when more people were on the farm than now,” he said. Stations served by Mid America Ag Network include KGYN (Guymon, OK), KIUL (Garden City, KS), KQAM (Wichita, KS) and KGSO (Wichita, KS). “I've worked at stations in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, so I've never been far from the agricultural end of broadcasting.

Often times, I was asked to ‘fill in’ at a sister station when someone in the ag department was sick or on vacation.” Both his mother and father's families farmed and ranched in Kansas so he grew up understanding the importance of the markets, agriculture news and politics as it related to the farm. He lives on five acres just outside of Belle Plaine in Sumner County, KS. Besides having horses and chickens, he’s also a third generation beekeeper. His father and his grandfather kept bees. When he’s not on-the-air for Mid America Ag Network, Craig is the Pastor at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church in Haysville, KS.  Craig adds, “So, I stay pretty busy!”