Alexander “Sandy” Brown Joins Rural Media Group as Chief Operating Officer
(NASHVILLE, TENN. — October 16th, 2017) Rural Media Group today announced the appointment of Alexander “Sandy” Brown as Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. Brown is an accomplished executive with a proven track record leading sports media and entertainment companies bringing more than 25 years of executive management experience to the company. He previously held numerous executive management roles including former president and chief executive officer of ONE World Sports, president of sports for Univision Communications Inc., managing director at ESPN Asia and ESPN STAR Sports, president and CEO of CNBC Asia, and president and CEO of Petry Media Corporation. As group president and chief operating officer, Brown will lead the company’s operating businesses worldwide focusing on the RMG brand family which includes RFD-TV, The Cowboy Channel, and Rural Radio Channel 147 on SiriusXM.
"Sandy Brown is a tremendous addition to our senior management team," stated Patrick Gottsch, founder and president of Rural Media Group, Inc. "His vast experience in national advertising sales and existing relationships with key distributors will certainly add value to both RFD-TV and our new venture, The Cowboy Channel. RMG's operations in Nashville will also benefit daily with Sandy's leadership, as will our efforts to now expand all our interests digitally on an international basis. I see Sandy as contributing heavily to helping our networks finally reach their full potential."
Brown will report to Gottsch and serve as a part of the senior leadership team.
“Rural Media Group is the unequivocal leader in covering the issues that affect our farming and ranching community, for no other network connects with this critical segment of our country in the manner that RMG does,” said Brown. “I am thrilled to be joining the group at a time when rural America’s interests have never been more important.”
Brown earned a B.A. from Washington and Lee University in Virginia. He is a past board member of the Cable and Satellite Broadcasters of Asia, the Economic Development Board of Singapore, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore, and the Sentosa Development Corporation of Singapore.
About Rural Media Group, Inc. (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 Channel 147 on SiriusXM radio, The Cowboy Channel, 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 of 2000, RFD-TV is the nation’s first 24-hour television network featuring programming focused on the agribusiness, equine and the rural lifestyles, 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 on DISH Network, DIRECTV®, AT&T U-Verse, Charter Spectrum, Cox, Comcast, Mediacom, Suddenlink, and many other rural cable systems. In addition, RFD-TV can be streamed online via The Country Club at rfdcc.com, DIRECTV NOW, Roku, and Sling TV’s Heartland Extra package. For more information, please visit RFDTV.com.
Facebook: @OfficialRFDTV | Twitter: @OfficialRFDTV | Instagram: @RFDTV
About RURAL RADIO 147:
Found exclusively on SiriusXM channel 147, RURAL RADIO 147 is the agribusiness and Western-lifestyle channel for the U.S. and Canada. RURAL RADIO 147'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 news and agriculture series along with live broadcasts of Western sports competitions from the PBR, PRCA rodeos, and WPCA Chuckwagon races. For more information, please visit RuralRadio147.com.
Facebook: @RURALRADIO147 | Twitter: @RURALRADIO147 | Instagram: @RURALRADIO147
About The Cowboy Channel:
The Cowboy Channel is the first 24-hour television network totally dedicated to western sports and the western lifestyle. Headquartered in the Fort Worth Stockyards, The Cowboy Channel features content focused on rodeo, bull riding, roping, reining, barrel racing, and other western sports anchor, along with western fashion, music, and movies. The lineup also features a wide variety of “live” coverage from major western events showcasing the world’s toughest and most talented cowboys and cowgirls. The network enjoys distribution into more than 30 million homes on cable/satellite systems on DISH Network, DIRECTV®, AT&T U-Verse, Charter Spectrum, Cox, Comcast, Mediacom, Verizon FIOS TV, and many other rural cable systems. In addition, The Cowboy Channel can be streamed via Sling TV’s Heartland Extra package. For more information, please visit TheCowboyChannel.com.
Facebook: @CowboyChannel | Twitter: @Cowboy_Channel | Instagram: @CowboyChannel
About RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN:
RFD-TV’s The American is an annual event that occurs each February at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. The American is known as “the world’s richest one-day rodeo” and pays out nearly $3 million annually through a series of qualifiers, The Semi-Finals, and the final event, RFD-TV’s The American. The event unites the top athletes in the world from the PRCA, WPRA, and PBR world standings and pits them against underdogs who advance from The American Semi-Finals, together to battle for the biggest single paycheck of their lives. For more information, please visit AmericanRodeo.com.
Facebook: @RFDTVAmerican | Twitter: @RFDTVAmerican | Instagram: @RFDTVAmerican
About RFD-TV The Magazine:
RFD-TV The Magazine is the print programming guide for RMG networks with feature articles, programming updates, and more. The publication is published bi-monthly and has historically attracted more than 180,000 paid subscribers. For more information or to subscribe, please visit: RFDTV.com/Magazine.