RURAL RADIO to carry Canadian Finals Rodeo live

RURAL RADIO to carry Canadian Finals Rodeo live

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 6, 2015 – Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147 is partnering with CFCW in Canada to offer exclusive live coverage of the 42nd Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) in Edmonton, Alberta. Performance times are at 9:30 (ET) each evening on Nov. 11-15, and at 3 p.m. (ET) Saturday, Nov. 14 and at 3 p.m. (ET) Sunday, Nov. 15. 

“Rural Radio is keenly aware of the interests of Western sports fans across North America,” said Paul Aaron, President and General Manager of Rural Radio. “Because we’re on SiriusXM, we’re the only opportunity for many people in the U.S. and all of Canada to get live coverage not only of Western sports, but agribusiness news and weather. As part of our programming dedicated to Canadian listeners, we also started broadcasting the World Professional Chuckwagon Association races, along with major PBR events and rodeos such as the Calgary Stampede.”

The CFR showcases the 2015 season’s top 12 rodeo athletes in seven events in the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association. They’ll battle for almost $1.6 million in purse money and exemption invitations to the Semi-Finals of RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN, presented by Polaris RANGER, Feb. 17-21 in Texas. Nearly 100,000 rodeo fans are expected to fill Edmonton's Rexall Place, the home of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers. 

The broadcast, aired in partnership with 840 CFCW and cfcw.com, will include CFCW’s veteran broadcast team:  sportscaster Tim Ellis; three-time Canadian All-Around Champion and 1991 Canadian Saddle Bronc Riding Champion Duane Daines; rodeo reporter Dianna Finstad and 2008 Miss Rodeo Canada Jenna Verhun.

“CFCW has been covering the CFR since it started back in 1973,” said Ellis. “We’re excited that Rural Radio has come on board this year to provide our live broadcast to rodeo fans throughout North America.”

Listeners can also catch news from the Canadian Finals before, during, and after the rodeo with Rural Radio's Steve Kenyon on Western Sports Round-Up, a daily radio program highlighting the best in Western sports at 6 p.m. (ET) every weeknight.

“Rural Radio is in the middle of covering the three biggest Western-sports events in North America,” said Kenyon. “We just got back from the PBR World Finals, this week it will be the Canadian Finals Rodeo, and next month we’ll provide live coverage of every performance of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.”

SiriusXM Channel 147 offers live Western sports coverage most weekends, and will kick off its next event with Wrangler NFR preview shows on Nov. 20-22 and Nov. 27-29 Visit RuralRadio147.com for more.

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ABOUT RURAL RADIO:
Found exclusively on SiriusXM channel 147, it’s 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 Round Up, and reports from CME on Commodity Wrap. RURAL RADIO also carries live Western sports including PBR bull-riding and PRCA rodeo events every weekend.

RURAL MEDIA GROUP:
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, RURAL RADIO, FamilyNet, RFD-TV The Magazine, and RFD-TV The Theatre. RMG networks are distributed to more than 100-million homes worldwide by DBS, telco and cable systems including DISH Network, DIRECTV®, Comcast, Verizon FiOS TV, 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.

RFD-TV:
RFD-TV is the flagship network for RMG. Launched in December 2000, RFD-TV is the nation’s first 24-hour television network featuring programming focused on the agribusiness, equine and the rural lifestyle, along with traditional country music and entertainment. Top RFD-TV programming includes Market Day Report, Rural Evening News, Rural America Live, Western Sports Weekly, top rodeo events such as The American, and award-winning musical entertainment such as The Marty Stuart Show, Reno’s Old Time Music, The Molly B Polka Party, and Larry’s Country Diner.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Julie Mankin, VP of Public Relations, o: (615) 296-9384, m: (307) 760-7099, e: juliem@rfdtv.com
Heather Huston, VP of Marketing, o: (615) 296-9332, m: (802)345-5262, e: heather@rfdtvcom

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