Shaun Haney, host of RealAg Radio, drops by the Rural Radio studios in Nashville, Tennessee, and sits down with Marlin Bohling to talk, music, sports, food, and of course, agriculture.
For almost 40 years, Bill Stagg has shared the story of agricultural education and FFA throughout the country. Recently, the longtime director of strategic communications for National FFA announced his retirement, but not before sitting down with Janet Adkison on “FFA Today” to reflect on his time with the organization, and what comes next.
Want to keep up with the National FFA Convention & Expo?
Get LIVE coverage on RFD-TV and RURAL RADIO throughout the rest of the week (Oct 19th-21st)! Over the last few days, FFA Today has met with important FFA specialists to get an inside look on the exciting things to look forward to throughout the convention.
Hear about all things FFA related on our weekly broadcast, “FFA Today”. The show airs on Saturdays at 7:30am ET and again on Sundays at 5pm ET. Tune in LIVE, online, or via the Sirius XM app to Channel 147.
Cindy Hefner, program manager for the National Officer Management Team at the National FFA Organization joins us on “FFA Today.” Each year, everyone looks forward to the grand reveal of convention’s theme song to set the energy and tone in the arena for the next four days. This year’s song is based on the convention’s theme, “Transform,” decided by the officers, who had to describe what that word meant to them in the context of developing agriculture.
“FFA Today” contributor and host of the Off-Farm Income Podcast, Matt Brechwald interviews Scott Jacobs, Career Development Events (CDE) education specialist, who manages the CDE competition process at the National FFA Convention. Over 3,000 FFA members participate in 25 different CDEs throughout the convention.
“FFA Today” correspondent Micheal Clements catches up with Keisto Lucero, Education Specialist for National FFA, who gives a behind-the-scenes look into the officer selection process during the National Convention. A selection committee is created through nominations of current National FFA participants, followed by a series of interviews and practice speeches.
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(NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Aug 24, 2016) RURAL RADIO Channel 147 is proud to partner with SiriusXM for their free listening period. Starting Wednesday, Aug 24th and through Sept 6th, SiriusXM will be turning on all inactive radios for a 14 day free trial as part of a free listening preview. SiriusXM radio owners can reactivate their devices simply by turning on their radio. Enjoy 60-plus channels of SiriusXM with no strings attached! The free listening period means listeners can tune into it from anywhere at any time, whether users are in their cars, pickups, tractors or combines throughout North America. (Note some older Sirius satellite radios may not be capable of receiving the free listening preview channels).
During the free trial, listeners can enjoy live rodeo coverage of the PRCA and PBR (Professional Bull Riders) events, highlights on “Western Sports Round-Up” and “Outside the Barrel” with Flint Rasmussen, agricultural news, equine programming, and fan favorites such as “FFA Today”, “Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World” and “Ag PhD Radio”.
RURAL RADIO has a strong programming line-up of rural content providing five hours of live agribusiness news on the award-winning “Market Day Report,” plus agricultural programs such as “Commodity Wrap” with Marlin Bohling, “AgPhD Radio,” and “AgriTalk,” giving farmers and ranchers up to the minute news, when they need it most.
For information about Rural Radio and its programs please go to ruralradio147.com.
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Rural Media Group, Inc. is the world’s leading provider of multimedia content dedicated to the rural and Western lifestyle. Reconnecting city with country, RMG is the parent company of RFD-TV, FamilyNet, RFD-TV The Magazine, and RFD-TV The Theatre. RMG networks (RFD-TV, RURAL TV, FamilyNet, and Rural Radio) are distributed into more than 100-million homes worldwide by DBS, telco and cable systems including DISH Network, DIRECTV®, Comcast, AT&T U-Verse, Mediacom, Charter, Optimum, Brighthouse, Suddenlink, Time Warner, Cox, and more than 600 independent rural cable systems. Corporate headquarters and broadcast operations are in Nashville, Tennessee.
Found exclusively on channel 147 on SiriusXM, is the agribusiness and western lifestyle channel for the U.S. and Canada. RURAL RADIO’s program schedule revolves around original productions focused on agriculture, equine, hunting, fishing, western sports, and living the country life in small towns and ranches. Broadcast operations for the station are located in Nashville, Tennessee. The channel airs multiple exclusive series including Market Day Report, Rural Evening News, Western Sports Roundup, and reports from CME on Commodity Wrap. RURAL RADIO also carries live western sports including PBR bull-riding and PRCA rodeo events every weekend.
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Brothers Brian and Darren Hefty are a busy pair. From helping with day-to-day operations at Hefty Seed Company to running their own farm operations, hosting Ag PhD on television and radio and being active husbands and fathers.
Q: What do you like most about hosting on RURAL RADIO?
Brian: It’s the same thing I like about being an agronomist; working with lots of different farmers and trying to help them make the best decisions for their operations. It’s tough to be a farmer and if I can help in even a small way I feel like I have done what I am called to do.
Darren: I am always looking to learn more about crop production so I can get higher yields on my farm and help others do the same. Talking to other farmers and industry experts on Ag PhD Radio each day is a blast. I’m learning something all the time.
Q: How did you get your start in Radio/TV?
Brian: Darren, my Dad Ron, and I started the Ag PhD TV show in 1998. We felt that farmers had a need for more agronomic information, and we knew we could help.
Darren: We made the decision to start Ag PhD TV back in 1997 and I spent that summer with a cameraman filming everything I could think of so we could produce half-hour shows in the spring of 1998. I learned so much that summer and had a lot of fun, too.
Q: What was your favorite episode or guest of the first radio season?
Brian: We have had many farmers on the show who have raised enviable yields in corn, soybeans, and wheat. We farm too, and my goal is to get 400-bushel corn and 100-bushel soybeans someday, so it is a lot of fun talking to farmers who are currently doing it.
Darren: I have really enjoyed talking to the 400-bushel corn farmers about how they are achieving that level of production. There are only a handful of these guys so far. I would love to join that select group someday.
Q: What can listeners look forward to in the next year on your show?
Brian: More info on raising better yields profitably while at the same time improving the land and the environment. We don’t spend much time on farm news, grain markets, or the weather, because farmers can’t control those things. How to better control weeds, properly fertilize, or other agronomic topics may not be the most exciting things for some, but for those of us trying to thrive on today’s farm, they are exactly the issues we need to discuss and learn more about in order to turn a profit and feed our growing world.
Darren: I’m excited about our summer radio shows because we’re talking about what’s actually happening in fields and taking live calls from farmers who are going out today to stop a pest or feed a crop. Also, we’ll be at Farm Progress, Commodity Classic, and some other key events around the country during the next year.
They had to answer some fun ones too…
Q: Favorite food?
Brian: A smorgasbord of well-prepared meat…prime rib, chicken, pork loin, turkey, etc.
Darren: Brian and I are both pretty serious about fitness. I’m getting pretty famous in the Ag PhD studio for bringing in a protein bar to have right before or after the show. Our production staff ribs me pretty hard about that sometimes. Oh, speaking of ribs, I love to grill just about any kind of meat. More protein. Big surprise!
Q: Favorite vacation spot?
Brian: My wife and I went to Bora Bora a few years ago. It was one of those bucket list things, and it was amazing.
Darren: Lots of good ones to choose from, but my favorite vacation spot so far has been going to Yellowstone National Park with my kids.
Q: What’s your guilty pleasure?
Brian: Fantasy baseball. I love coaching baseball, too, but when it comes to my guilty pleasure I enjoy competing against some buddies from college for a traveling trophy that I have won four out of the last 12 years.
Darren: I have a sweet tooth and the trappings of summer like ice cream, sweet tea or lemonade, always get me. I can’t say no to that.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about summer?
Brian: Heat. This year we had about 8 months of winter, so I was so thankful when I could finally go outside with no coat on. Obviously it’s also great to see the crops growing and for all the things we have prepared for all fall, winter, and spring to finally come to life.
Darren: Getting outside. I love being out in fields while the crops are growing. Spending time outdoors with my family is great, too. We especially like going on bike rides and the kids are getting into geocaching which has been fun as well.
Q: I can’t help but turn up the radio when ______comes on…
Brian: Rural Radio aside, I am a big Minnesota Vikings fan, so if I ever hear something about them or one of their games, I’ll listen!
Darren: My favorite sports programs are on. This time of year I like to listen to baseball games mainly to hear the stories the best broadcasters tell.
Learn more from Brian and Darren on Ag PhD Monday through Friday at 3 p.m. ET! Brian and Darren discuss topics ranging from how to maximize your fertilizer program, stopping yield-robbing insects, crop diseases and much more. Plus, you’ll enjoy the weekly segments such as Farm Basics, Iron Talk and Weed of the Week. Follow RURALRADIO 147 on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with the AgPhD!
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ATTENTION RURAL RADIO LISTENERS!
Without warning, SiriusXM Canada recently pulled RURAL RADIO channel 147 from the air. RURAL RADIO 147 is the destination for agri-business, western sports and rural programming that Canadian listeners enjoy. From daily market news to the Calgary Stampede, RURAL RADIO covers what matters to rural Canadians. At this time, only Sirius listeners in Canada are impacted, but we encourage everyone who enjoys rural programming on satellite to show their support for RURAL RADIO…and spread the word!
Together we can protect rural programming on XM and get RURAL RADIO back on Sirius. But we need your help!
Send an email to SiriusXM Canada’s senior vice president of programming, John Lewis, who has stated that he is open to hearing positive support for RURAL RADIO channel 147. ALL supporters and listeners should write to Mr. Lewis at email@example.com AND call the SiriusXM customer service line at 1-888-539-7474. In addition, please voice your support for RURAL RADIO and value of rural programming on social media. Post a comment or tweet at SiriusXM Canada on thier Facebook page and Twitter pages. Thank you for your continued support!
America’s First and Only National Rural Radio Network Celebrates Station Founding
(NASHVILLE, TN — JULY 20, 2015) RURAL RADIO on SiriusXM Channel 80 celebrated its two-year anniversary Wednesday at the Nashville offices on Music Row in Nashville, TN and at corporate headquarters in Gretna, NB. As the nations first and only rural and agriculture focused radio station, RURAL RADIO announced its second year of program operations and lined up a day full of events to commemorate the anniversary.
RURAL RADIO has experienced steady growth for the past two years with a large audience of farmers and ranchers and reaching more than 55 million listeners weekly. In 2014 RURAL RADIO solidified a major international broadcast partnership with the World Professional Chuckwagon Association (WPCA) Pro Tour. In addition, the programming lineup has expanded to include coverage of PBR and PRCA events, Marty Stuart’s American Odyssey and Marty Stuart’s American Odyssey The Marty Stuart Show, Outside the Barrel with Flint Rasmussen, and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.
The day’s activities included live reports from the RURAL RADIO studios on MARKET DAY REPORT and Commodity Wrap with anchor Marlin Bohling, as well as other station programming honoring the milestone including Ag PhD, The Horse Show with Rick Lamb, Western Sports Roundup with Steve Kenyon, and WESTERN SPORTS WEEKLY. Additional news packages were produced and aired on the RURAL EVENING NEWS. Employees and RURAL RADIO talent celebrated in both offices enjoying cake, food trucks, RURAL RADIO giveaways, and a grand finale commencement speech.
“It’s been a great two years. We’re so proud to have partnered with SiriusXM Radio for RURAL RADIO,” stated Patrick Gottsch, Founder & President of Rural Media Group. “Rural is a way of life, and RURAL RADIO means listeners can tune into it from anywhere at any time. SiriusXM’s unparalleled programming and easy-to-use technology has been embraced by rural consumers in their cars, pickups, tractors and combines throughout North America.”
Two years ago, RURAL RADIO was launched as a 24/7 channel devoted to providing a wide variety of programming for and about rural American life, the western lifestyle, and agribusiness interests. The original kickoff celebration included a hosted a kick-off party at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in of 2013 and featured an all-day celebration at the finish line with food, music, a classic tractor exhibition, and wrapped up by setting a Guinness World Record pickup parade. The event was sanctioned and qualified against the strict requirements and parade standards specified by the Guinness World Records rules and featured a grand total of 386 pickup trucks circling the track.
“We’ve done a lot of things and been a lot of places with RURAL RADIO. When you launch something like that and make it grow, you have an opportunity to reach more people,” said long time rodeo pro and host of Western Sports Roundup host Steve Kenyon. “RURAL RADIO has created a unique opportunity both through Western Sports Roundup and our live rodeo broadcasts to reach an audience that’s always wanted more coverage of Western sports. We are helping to create a new avenue for those events to get coverage and for the fans of those events to be able to see and hear their favorite events like never before.”
For information about RURAL RADIO and its programs please go to ruralradio80.com.