Market Day Report, Rural Evening News, Rural Media Group: A Hist

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Market Day Report, Rural Evening News, Rural Media Group: A History


MARKET DAY REPORT
MONDAY – FRIDAY
9 AM – 2 PM ET

Now you can make RFD-TV’s MARKET DAY REPORT part of your weekday routine. Join us as we cover the top agriculture stories from around the world including scientific research, health, medical, financial and business updates. It’s an informational mix of all the daily agricultural and market news, plus up-to-the minute weather and stories about life in rural America.

NEWS (AT THE TOP OF THE HOUR AND :30)

  • In-depth coverage of the latest agriculture technology advancements, innovations and operational practices nationwide.
  • Interviews with rural newsmakers including top leaders and executives in the industry.
  • Live coverage from our nation’s capital on all agriculture legislation, panels, summits, and 2016 Presidential Election coverage.

WEATHER (AT :10 AND :40 EACH HOUR)

  • Agriculture-focused weather, tracking weather that effects our lands from coast to coast.

GRAIN REPORT (AT :15 AND :45 EACH HOUR)

  • Live, real-time data on grain commodities featuring live analysis from traders at the CME, as well as top agriculture experts calling in from around the country.

LIVESTOCK REPORT (AT :20 AND :50 EACH HOUR)

  • Live, real-time data on livestock commodities and agriculture stocks.



RURAL EVENING NEWS
MONDAY – FRIDAY
7:30 PM – 8 PM ET

Join RFD-TV at prime time each week for a half-hour recap of the top news affecting rural America. Plus watch for a synopsis of how agricultural markets performed that day. Stories include retirement planning, health and medical advances, lifestyle and educational updates. Each day western sports are heavily featured with rodeo news and events, bull riding and equine coverage.

DECEMBER 2000
RFD-TV launches on DISH Network to about 4 million homes. Initial programmers include Texas Country Reporter, U.S. Farm Report, California Country, Georgia Farm Monitor, Big Joe, AgPhD, DownUnder Horsemanship, Ms. Lucy, FFA, Training Mules & Donkeys, Classic Tractor Fever, Prairie Farm Report, and some old horse shows.

JULY 2001
RFD-TV moves into television studios operated by Primedia Productions in Dallas, TX, and begins to uplink its programming nationwide via satellite.

DECEMBER 2001
RFD-TV produces its first “LIVE” show with Bob Stallman, President of American Farm Bureau Federation, as its initial guest taking viewer phone calls. “LIVE” shows with the National Pork Board, FFA, and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, soon follow.

MARCH 2002
DIRECTV agrees to add RFD-TV to its program lineup. However, the network is launched on a secondary satellite requiring a Multi-Sat dish for the viewer. Willie Nelson performs “live” from the studios from the DIRECTV launch.

JUNE 2002
Superior Livestock Auction broadcasts are added, and viewers are now able to watch “live” auctions for both cattle and horses from around the country.

SEPTEMBER 2002
RFD-TV’s first cable agreement is signed with Mediacom.

JANUARY 2003
A master affiliation agreement is signed with the National Cable Television Cooperative making RFD-TV available to another 1,000 independent cable operations in all 50 states.

JULY 2003
RFD-TV The Magazine publishes its first issue, due to popular demand from viewers wanting a printed program guide. It is designed to enlist support from the audience to further expand programming and provide demographics for the network.

DECEMBER 2003
RFD-TV airs extensive coverage of the BSE (Mad Cow) situation, carrying every USDA press conference “live” along with specials from the NCBA, Iowa State Extension, and TCS to provide important information for all cattlemen and education for the consumer to get through this potential crisis.

APRIL 2004
RFD-TV moves broadcast operations and uplinking to NorthStar Studiosin Nashville, Tennessee to provide a base to further expand programming.

JUNE 2004
DIRECTV moves RFD-TV to its main satellite location due to demand from their customers, removing the need for a mulit-sat dish, adding another 12 million viewers for this network’s programming.

OCTOBER 2004
RFD-TV broadcasts the entire National FFA Convention “live” from Louisville, Kentucky, with over 20 hours of coverage for FFA members, alumni, and the general public back home.

MAY 2005
A major expansion to the program schedule on RFD-TV is implemented when two more hours of original programming are added to the lineup for each day of the week. Viewers can now watch from 6am-10am ET each day without seeing a single repeat.

JULY 2005
USDA Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns holds the first Farm Bill Forum at RFD-TV’s television studio, taking feedback from farmers, ranchers, and rural residents that were both in the studio or calling questions in “live” from all 50 states. The broadcast lasts for 4 hours, and helps to begin shaping the important 2007 Farm Bill.

AUGUST 2005
RFD-TV expands into South America with its programming agreement with TerraViva, a 24- hour satellite delivered, agricultural television network launched inSão Paulo, Brazil.

OCTOBER 2005
RFD-TV and its viewers support hurricane relief efforts in rural areas with cash donations of $150,000 to the FFA Seeds of Hope, and $75,000 to the Farm Aid Katrina Relief Fund through pledges made on air through the network.

MAY 2006
RFD-TV makes its largest cash donation ever to the FFA Foundation in the amount of $200,000 to continue its ongoing support of rural youth.

JUNE 2006
A major cable affiliation agreement is signed with Charter Communications making RFD-TV available to offer to another 6 million homes.

JULY 2006
A distribution agreement is signed with HITS (Headend In The Sky) through Comcast bringing another potential 9 million cable homes to RFD-TV.

AUGUST 2006
A distribution agreement is signed with NPS (National Programming Service) making RFD-TV a basic channel to all of their C-band (big dish) homes. RFD-TV donates $100,000 to the Imus Ranch to support kids with cancer work.

SEPTEMBER 2006
RFD-TV reaches a major milestone by surpassing 30 million homes reached through its satellite and cable distribution agreements.

NOVEMBER 2006
RFD-TV The Magazine obtains its 100,000th subscriber to this publication.

MARCH 2007
RFD-TV The Theatre opens in Branson, Missouri, with its first concert, Willie Nelson. The theatre is opened to provide a base to further expand family- oriented music and entertainment programming for the network.

JANUARY 2008
Comcast signs 8-year agreement to deliver RFD-TV to its base of over 24 million homes.

JUNE 2008
Verizon FiOS TV adds over 2 million homes in east and west cost markets.

JANUARY 2009
RFD-TV salutes the American farmer and rancher in its first ever Tournament of Roses Parade with a commodity themed float featuring “HEE HAW” in a tribute with Marty Stuart and Connie Smith.

APRIL 2009
RMG goes global by launching RURAL TV, sister network to RFD-TV.

MAY 2009
Time Warner Cable and RMG announce multi-year affiliation agreement for RFD-TV.

DECEMBER 2009
RMG opens corporate headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. RFD-TV enters its 10th year of broadcasting.

JANUARY 2010
RFD-TV enters its 2nd float in the Tournament of Roses Parade titled “FFA Today” featuring 50 state FFA presidents and the national FFA officers.

JULY 2010
RFD-TV becomes the new caretakers of Trigger and Bullet after becoming the successful bidders at the Christie’s Roy Rogers Auction.

OCTOBER 2010
RFD-TV The Bus is unveiled and begins traveling across America to events throughout the country.

JANUARY 2011
RFD-TV enters its 3rd float in the Tournament of Roses Parade titled “One Nation” encouraging reconciliation between Native Americans and featuring the music of Brulé.

DECEMBER 2011
RFD-TV surpasses 40,000,000 homes reached through its satellite and cable distribution.

JANUARY 2012
RFD-TV enters its 4th float in the Tournament of Roses Parade titled “Happy Trails” celebrating Roy Rogers 100th birthday.

FEBRUARY 2012
RURAL TV, sister network to RFD-TV, is launched on DISH Network 232. Anchoring the weekday program lineup is a 5-hour MARKET DAY REPORT and half-hour RURAL EVENING NEWS.

JUNE 2012
RURAL TV purchases satellite uplink van to provide extensive coverage of rural events across America.

AUGUST 2012
RFD-TV breaks Guinness Book of World Records for Largest Parade of Classic Tractors. RMG purchases FamilyNet and adds the new network to its media portfolio to expand family-oriented programming.

OCTOBER 2012
Rural Communications donates $1,000,000,000 to the FFA, the largest unrestricted donation in the history of the National FFA Foundation.

JANUARY 2013
RMG welcomes its entire staff to Pasadena, CA, for the Tournament of Roses Parade. RFD-TV debuts the “Classic Tractor Fever” float and wins the Tournament Special award.

JULY 2013
RMG launches RURAL RADIO on SiriusXM Channel 80. RURAL RADIO celebrates launch by achieving the Guinness Book of World Records Largest Parade of Pickup Trucks at Indy Motor Speedway.

DECEMBER 2013
RFD-TV broadcasts live from Las Vegas featuring the Cowboy Experience during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

JANUARY 2014
RFD-TV enters its 6th consecutive float in the Tournament of Roses titled “You Make My Dreams Come True” featuring Daryl Hall. MARKET DAY REPORT and RURAL EVENING NEWS move to anchor RFD-TV’s new program schedule.

MARCH 2014
RFD-TV produces the world’s richest one-day rodeo at AT&T Stadium, THE AMERICAN, crowning the first ever million-dollar cowboy, Richmond Champion.

SEPTEMBER 2014
RFD-TV signs master affiliation with AT&T U-Verse launching RFD-TV into approximately 6 million new homes.

MARCH 2015
RFD-TV broadcasts live from its new studios and corporate headquarters on Music Row in Nashville, Tennessee.

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