RFD-TV’s Announces its Fall Lineup of Season Premieres
(NASHVILLE, TENN. — August 1, 2017) RFD-TV, cable television’s only network dedicated to agribusiness and rural Americans, recently announced a new lineup of premieres and returning seasons beginning in late August. The new schedule boasts popular country music series, equine training, tractor pulling, comedy, and more. Returning series include the RFD-TV original production of FarmHer alongside the popular celeb-studded music series’ “Hee Haw,” The Jimmy Sturr Show, “and “Country’s Family Reunion.” Equine enthusiasts will love the return of the ever-popular Gentle Giants. Ag viewers are going to be all in on the new season of Successful Farming. Plus, Mark Miller’s daughter (of Sawyer Brown) launches a second season of “Chasing Down Madison Brown.”
“RFD-TV has never had this many shows premiere in the fall at one time. We are very excited to announce that we have 23 programs bringing new content over the course of September and October 2017,” said Jeremiah Davis, RFD-TV’s VP of programming. “Rural Americans are loyal viewers of RFD-TV and we’re excited to reward them with new programming from their favorite programs!”
Returning new seasons include:
NTPA Championship Pulling
Premieres Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET (encore Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. ET)
Follow the live action as extreme machines claw the turf with some of the top pulling drivers in the world at the National Tractor Pullers Association events across the U.S. From farm tractors, to hot rods, and Modifieds, it a horsepower fueled half hour of tractor pulling.
Horse Master with Julie Goodnight
Premieres Monday, August 28, 2017 at 2 p.m. ET (encore Mondays at 10 p.m. ET and Sundays at 8 a.m. ET)
2017 marks the 10th year on the air for “Horse Master with Julie Goodnight.” This season, the “horse master” is back with more tips and tricks that highlight Goodnight’s training as a classical rider and an easy-to-understand teacher. Goodnight uses her seasoned equine skills to solve a variety of challenges including helping a roper shave seconds off his time, assisting a Western Dressage rider to boost her scores, easing a fearful rider, teaching manners to a Shetland Pony, and helping a deaf polo pony learn hand signals.
Premieres Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. ET (encore Sundays at 1 p.m. ET)
“America’s Heartland” takes you inside the world of agriculture — the number one industry in the U.S. — to meet the unforgettable people and places who provide food, fuel, fiber, and energy for people across the nation. This magazine-style, half-hour series, is produced by KVIE in Sacramento, CA.
The Jimmy Sturr Show
Premieres Friday, September 1, 2017 at 7 p.m. ET (encore Sundays at 9:30 a.m. ET)
The internationally-known “King of Polka” and 18 time Grammy award winner for “Best Polka Album” kicks off a new season of episodes for polka lovers across the country. Arguably the most popular polka band in America, Jimmy Sturr and his orchestra have been voted #1 polka band in the country for the past ten years, have been featured on the TV show "Jeopardy," and performed on The Grand Ole Opry. Sturr has also shared the studio with musical greats such as Arlo Guthrie, Willie Nelson, Boots Randolph, and Bela Fleck to name a few. “The Jimmy Sturr Orchestra” has been seen on Saturday Night Live, PBS, CNN, ABC, and CBS, and BMI awarded him their prestigious Commendation of Excellence in 2011. The Jimmy Sturr Show can also be heard on RURAL RADIO Channel 147 on SiriusXM Radio, weekends on Saturdays at 6 p.m. ET and Sundays at 9 a.m. ET.
Premieres Sunday, September 3 at 8 p.m. ET (encore Sundays at 1 a.m. and Mondays at 6:30 p.m. ET)
America's quintessential comedy show continues to entertain legions of fans to the best in country music, wise-cracking animals, and knee-slapping comedic sketches. After more than twenty years on-air during its original TV run, RFD-TV continues “Hee Haw’s” legacy with the 10th season featuring performances from Faron Young, Conway Twitty, Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers.
Chasing Down Madison Brown
Premieres Tuesday, September 5 at 9:30 p.m. ET (encore Wednesdays at 1:30 a.m. and Saturdays at 4 p.m. ET)
Meet Madison Brown, a seasoned road warrior who grew up rolling down the highway with country band, Sawyer Brown and her father Mark Miller, founder and lead singer. Madison’s unique and adventurous upbringing meant life on a tour bus, where each new stop brought new adventures, influenced her passion for food, and developed her love for exploring new places. Now, this recent college grad is tossing off the graduation cap, hitting the road, for a celeb filled fun adventure of a lifetime. Inspired by Madison’s longtime blog, chasingdownmadisonbrown.com, this new series takes viewers coast-to-coast with behind-the-scenes tours, celebrity interviews, sporting events, chefs, food, and more.
Premieres Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 6 p.m. ET
Explore “Alabama the Beautiful,” also known as the “Heart of Dixie” and “Sweet Home Alabama,” in this new series focused on agriculture, gardening, rural lifestyle, and rural youth programs. From chasing alligators in Summerdale, AL and canine close calls at Anniston’s K9 Academy — to touring the Orbix Hot Glass studios in the foothills of the Appalachians and the Gulf Coast Zoo near the state’s southern beaches — “Simply Southern TV” ventures around the state of Alabama to explore the people, history, agriculture, rural tourism, educational and community events in this southern state. “Simply Southern TV” is produced by the Alabama Farmers Federation and Alabama Farmers Cooperative (AFC) along with being executive produced and co-hosted by AFC Public Relations Director, Jim Allen. Additional segments include community and educational events with and gardening tips.
Cowboy Country TV
Premieres Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 9 p.m. ET (encore Thursdays at 1 a.m. and Sundays at 8:30 a.m. EST)
“Real Ranches, Real Cowboys, Real Life” is more than just a motto. It is a true reflection of the sometimes humorous, often dramatic, and always fascinating lives of people who have more than made their mark on the Canadian West. That sense of adventure, excitement, and lifestyle that is at the center of the Canadian West comes to life in the new series, “Cowboy Country TV,” a new half-hour television series, inspired by the pages of Canada’s top selling western lifestyle magazine, “Canadian Cowboy Country.” Hosted by artist-bullfighter-rodeo clown, Ash (CrAsh) Cooper, and filmed on location in British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, the series follows a team of seasoned experts who live the cowboy lifestyle taking you inside the culture to meet famous and legendary characters, trailblazers and living legends. Follow along as we visit rodeos, western sporting events, cowboy gatherings, tour beautiful homes and ranches, and marvel at the craftsmanship of Western artisans. In addition, each episode shows you how to create culinary delights with “Cowboy Cookin’” recipes, featuring cooking tips, and insider info from the cowboy kitchen.
Steve Lantvit Horsemanship
Premieres Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 3 p.m. ET (encores Thursdays at 11 p.m. ET)
Renowned award-winning equine clinician, Steve Lantvit, has a fresh and innovative approach to training individuals and horses. Lantvit’s foundation is derived from the practical application of top level performance and skills funneled into a philosophy that allows all riders to succeed on the trail or in the show pen. This philosophy is centered around building a rider’s confidence and providing riders with the ability to control the range in which their horses operate, creates a safe and more controlled environment which then opens up the door to better learning for both horse and rider. Steve’s approach enables all riders at any level to harness the confidence that is essential in all aspects of riding, inspiring a transition which will provide both horse and rider the necessary skills to “ride for real.”
Larry’s Country Diner
Premieres Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 8 p.m. ET (encore Saturdays at 11 p.m. ET).
The popular cast of this unique variety show returns with new episodes and toe tappin’ musical guests with July episodes featuring guest stars Rhonda Vincent, Daryle Singletary, Shane Owens, Ashley Campbell, and Carl Jackson.
Premieres Friday, September 8, 2017 at 9 p.m. ET (encore Saturdays at 11 a.m. ET, Sundays at 9:30 p.m. ET, and Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. ET)
FarmHer is working to change the way people perceive a farmer by sharing the stories of the women who live and lead in agriculture. Women have always been an important but mostly unseen aspect of agriculture. In recent years, women are rising to the forefront of agriculture in so many ways; as owner/operators, landowners, workers, mentors, and much more. “FarmHer” focuses its camera lens on women in agriculture through the eyes of photographer and TV host Marji Guyler-Alaniz. The RFD-TV original series takes you inside the nitty-gritty lives of female farmers and is presented by Syngenta U.S., and partnership with Mahindra U.S., Nationwide Agribusiness, and Puracyn.
Premieres Monday, September 18, 2017 at 5 p.m. ET (encore Sundays at 9 a.m. ET)
This modern-day Roy Rogers grew up in a traditional ranching family in the mountains of Wyoming and knew from a young age that he wanted to help others gain knowledge and confidence to achieve a new level of horsemanship. Whether you’re an experienced horseman or just beginning training, Ken McNabb delivers quality instruction and superior training to help create a safe and respectful environment and develop a true partnership with your horse. “Discovering the Horseman Within” is a series where McNabb teaches the basics in groundwork, collection, shoulder control, sidepass, and many other techniques for horses of all ages and disciplines.
Premieres Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 3 p.m. ET
Advantage Horsemanship with Scott Purdum, offers a unique horse training program that teaches willingness, respect, and communication between horse and rider. He's worked with all breeds and helps riders of any discipline become a better partner with their horse. Build your confidence and learn a new-found understanding of your horse with Scott each week.
Premieres Tuesday, September 23, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. ET (encore Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. ET)
Greg Peterson, widely known as "Machinery Pete," has been researching and tracking machinery auction prices since 1989. With more than 25 years of experience in the machinery business, “Machinery Pete” takes you inside the industry, with farmers and dealers, providing a comprehensive look at used farm equipment.
Reno's Old Time Music
Premieres Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 7 p.m. ET (encore Thursdays at 6:30 a.m. ET)
This award-winning weekly music and talk show is the brainchild of producer and host Ronnie Reno, whose over-60-year career helped forge the sound and songs of so many legendary Bluegrass and Country Music entertainers, including Reno & Smiley, The Osborne Brothers, Merle Haggard, The Reno Brothers, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Vassar Clements, Sammi Smith, Johnny Paycheck, Mac Wiseman, and Conway Twitty, to name just a few.
Country’s Family Reunion
Premieres Friday, September 29, 2017 at 8 p.m. ET (encore Saturdays and Sundays at 12 a.m. ET)
“Country’s Family Reunion” continues with new episodes with guest stars ____, ____, and ____ highlighting this new series where country stars come together to perform classic country favorites.
Premieres Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 5 p.m. ET (encore Mondays at 12 a.m. ET)
Join hosts, Pam Minick and Kadee Coffman, as they take viewers inside the wonderful world of draft horses. Learn how their power and self-restraint, blended into one super-sized package, makes the draft horse an American symbol of strength.
Classic Tractor Fever
Premieres Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. ET (encore Mondays at 1 a.m. ET)
A must see for any tractor enthusiast, “Classic Tractor Fever” takes fans inside different models highlighting how they’ve changed the way the world viewed "horsepower." Showcasing brands like Hart-Parr, Farmall, Caterpillar, Rumley, Fordson, John Deere, Oliver, Minneapolis-Moline, Massey-Harris, International Harvester and Case models, this weekly series demonstrates the mechanical innovation of tractors fundamentally altered the way plowing, soil preparation, planting and cultivating tasks were performed. Farmers began replacing horses and mules, all the while increasing their productivity.
Women’s Pro Rodeo
Premieres Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 10 p.m. ET
Known as women’s sports association in the country and the only one governed entirely by women, The Women's Professional Rodeo Association’s “Women’s Pro Rodeo Today” is a weekly magazine show that features highlights from WPRA events, tips from the pros, member profiles, and the latest WPRA news.
Bluegrass & Backroads
Premieres Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. ET
Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation host, Matt Hilton, travels the backroads of Kentucky in search of stories that capture its rich agricultural heritage, intriguing people, and unique locations. Now in its ___ season, this Emmy award winning show has covered countless Kentucky treasures, such as the Primate Rescue Center in Nicholasville, an Alpaca farm in Washington County, the nationally-known Dippin' Dots factory in Paducah, and Louisville's UPS Worldport®.
Ride Smart with Craig Cameron
Premieres Monday, October 30, 2017 at 3 p.m. ET (encores on Mondays at 11 p.m. ET and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. ET)Ride Smart Horsemanship encompasses the values, teachings, and lifestyle of the horseman and the legend, Craig Cameron. Follow the expert horse trainer and Texas Cowboy Hall of Famer, as he takes equine enthusiasts through techniques to build trusting relationships between horses and their riders and improving overall horsemanship. Known as the "Public Defender" of the horse, Craig Cameron works hard every day to keep teach slower and more natural ways of training and dealing with problem horses. Learn how to use tools such as the heel-o-matic, drills, and flags to enhance performance.
Premieres Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 9 p.m. ET (encore Fridays at 1 a.m. and Sundays at 10 p.m. ET)
Nothing gets a farmer’s engine running like talking about machinery. Successful Farming’s Machinery Show is focused on helping farmers make money, save time, and grow their farming businesses. Hosted by Dave Mowitz, Jessie Scott, and Laurie Bedord, take a trip as RFD-TV dives into new and exciting technology that is changing the face of Ag. Viewers can learn about rare pieces of farming equipment, and head to the auction to see what current equipment is worth.
For the full program schedule and more information about RFD-TV visit rfdtv.com.
ABOUT RURAL MEDIA GROUP (RMG):
Rural Media Group, Inc. is the world’s leading provider of multimedia content dedicated to the rural and Western lifestyle. With a mission of reconnecting “city with country,” RMG is the parent company of RFD-TV, RURAL RADIO, FamilyNet, and RFD-TV The Magazine. RMG networks are distributed to more than 100 million homes worldwide by DBS, telco and cable systems including DISH Network, DIRECTV®, Comcast, AT&T U-Verse, Mediacom, Charter Spectrum, Suddenlink, Cox, and more than 600 independent rural cable systems. Corporate headquarters and broadcast operations are in Nashville, Tennessee.
RFD-TV is the flagship network for Rural Media Group. 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. RFD-TV produces six hours of live news each weekday in support of rural America and is a leading independent cable channel available in more than 50 million homes. rfdtv.com
ABOUT THE COWBOY CHANNEL:
The Cowboy Channel is the source for western sports and lifestyle entertainment. The network enjoys distribution into more than 30 million homes on cable/satellite systems which carried FamilyNet, and will grow from that great foundation of being on DISH Network channel 232, AT&T U-Verse channel 566, Charter Spectrum channel 468, and selected Cox, Comcast, Mediacom, and many rural cable systems. In addition, The Cowboy Channel will grow as a result of an aggressive over-the-top strategy to provide all the great content at home or on the go. The Cowboy Channel name was chosen because of the iconic image that the American cowboy enjoys not only in America, but throughout the world. Say the word “cowboy” and people already have a recognition and expectation on what would or should be on such a channel. It immediately congers up so many different associations with different people for the western lifestyle – cowgirls, rodeo, ranching, music, horses, cattle, environmentalist, family, hard work, tradition – the list goes on and on. All will be featured on the network and provides an almost endless list of topics and programming to build upon. thecowboychannel.com
ABOUT RURAL RADIO:
Found exclusively on SiriusXM channel 147, this 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 around rural America. Broadcast operations for the station are located in Nashville, Tennessee. The channel airs multiple exclusive series including “MARKET DAY REPORT,” “RURAL EVENING NEWS,” “RURAL AMERICA LIVE,” and “WESTERN SPORTS ROUND-UP,” as well as “Outside the Barrel,” with Flint Rasmussen, “Commodity Wrap,” with Marlin Bohling, “AgPhD,” “RealAg Radio,” “AgDay,” “FFA Today,” and “Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.” RURAL RADIO also carries live broadcasts of Western sports competitions such as the PBR, PRCA rodeos, and WPCA Chuckwagon races. ruralradio147.com
RFD-TV The Magazine is the print programming guide for the networks. It has attracted more than 180,000 paid subscribers.
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