Johnny “the Jet” Rodgers joins Omaha based, Rural Media Group


Johnny “the Jet” Rodgers joins Omaha based, Rural Media Group

RMG hires former Cornhusker and 1972 Heisman Trophy winner as Vice President of New Business Development for the US and Canada

April 21, 2014 (Omaha, Neb.) -- Johnny “the Jet” Rodgers joined Rural Media Group, Inc. (RMG) recently as the Vice President of New Business Development. RMG expanded its team by selecting Rodgers to procure new business for rural America’s most important network. The 1972 Heisman Trophy recipient from the University of Nebraska is making a positive impact.

“Johnny Rodgers is a proven winner, and we are so proud to have him join our team,” stated Patrick Gottsch, Founder of Rural Media Group, Inc. “Johnny has a tremendous attitude, and brings a strong work ethic with an experienced media background to our company. Everyone here at RMG is looking forward to working with Johnny to help take RFD-TV and RURAL RADIO to their full potential.”

Known as one of the best return specialists in college and Canadian football history Rodgers is passionate about helping North American youth establish careers in the trade professions. His public speaking engagements take him across the country from San Diego to Montreal, Canada on a regular basis allowing him to procure new business for RMG. The 1971 Nebraska vs. Oklahoma “Game of the Century” hangs in Rodger’s office along with numerous media write-ups and awards. Rodgers welcomes the opportunity to educate his fans about RFD-TV, especially those working in agribusiness in the U.S. and Canada.

“My responsibilities are to generate and develop new business locally, nationally and internationally by creating awareness through networking and public relations. I am working with the local chamber of commerce, national chamber and the Canadian government,” stated Rodgers.

Rural people are passionate and Rodgers is committed to building solid worldwide relationships.

Rodgers career spans the definition of teamwork. He previously worked in the cable magazine business in San Diego where he owned the cable publication Tuned in San Diego, a cable TV and entertainment magazine. “I understand you don’t win the Heisman Trophy by yourself, national championships by yourself or build television and radio networks by yourself, it’s always in conjunction with others that you make your greatest accomplishments and teamwork makes your dreams work. Working together with the RMG management team and building relationships [in] the U.S. and Canada are my main focus. We can showcase the value of RMG’s 63 million household subscribers and RURAL RADIO Sirius XM channel 80 agribusiness and western lifestyle channel with the latest news and commodity updates nationwide,” stated Rodgers.



Gretchen Kirchmann

Director of Public Relations


Notes to Editors:

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. RMG is the parent company of RFD-TV, FamilyNet, RURAL TV, RFD-TV the Magazine and RFD-TV the Theatre. RFD-TV, the flagship network for RMG, launched in December 2000. RFD-TV is the nation’s first 24-hour television network dedicated to serving the needs and interests of rural America with programming focused on agriculture, equine and the rural lifestyle, along with traditional country music and entertainment. RMG acquired FamilyNet, America’s trusted entertainment network dedicated to providing wholesome and responsible viewing choices for today’s diverse family. RURAL TV produces rural business news covering commodity markets for both cash and futures. Daily productions include Market Day Report and the Rural Evening News. RMG networks are distributed into more than 63-million homes worldwide by DBS, telco and cable systems including DISH Network, DIRECTV®, Comcast, Verizon FiOS TV, AT&T U-Verse, Mediacom, Charter, Bright House, Suddenlink, Time Warner, Cox, and more than 600 independent rural cable systems. RFD-TV the Magazine is the print programming guide for the networks, which has attracted over 200,000 paid subscribers. RFD-TV the Theatre is a 2,000 capacity soft seat venue in Branson, MO where entertainment programming is produced. Corporate headquarters are in Omaha, NE, and production operations are in Nashville, TN.

About RURAL RADIO, L.L.C: RURAL RADIO is found exclusively on SiriusXM channel 80, is the Agribusiness and Western Lifestyle Channel. RURAL RADIO launched on July 15, 2013 as a 24/7 satellite radio station for the United States 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, TN and corporate headquarters are in Omaha, NE. The channel airs a number of exclusive series including Western Sports Round Up, Commodity Wrap, Horse Talk Live and Market Day Report. RURAL RADIO has recently signed broadcast deals with the PBR, National Finals Rodeo and ProRodeo Live, to provide LIVE western sports coverage.

About Johnny Rodgers: Johnny Rodgers known as Johnny “the Jet” Rodgers played for the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers in the early 1970s. Rodgers served as a punt return specialist, pass receiver and running back. He broke virtually every offensive team record during his tenure. He was twice named to the College Football All American Team, won the Walter Camp Award and the Heisman Trophy in 1972 for most outstanding player in college football. Rodgers is famous for his “over the top” touchdown in the 1973 Orange Bowl against Norte Dame. He was selected 25 overall in the 1973 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. He signed with the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes and received the Most Outstanding Rookie Award in 1973. He was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 2000. The Sports Writers Association named Johnny the Most Valuable Player in Big 8 History. He’s a member of the Nebraska Football All Century Team and in 2000 he was named the Nebraska’s Cornhusker Player of the Century. Rodger earned his degrees in broadcast journalism and advertising from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He founded The Jet Award which benefits the Johnny Rodgers Youth Foundation’s charitable programs and fund the Johnny Rodgers Career and Technical Education Scholarships at Metropolitan Community College. For more information visit