RFD-TV’s Rural Town Hall Honored with Cablefax Award


September 22, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn (RFD-TV) RFD-TV and Medicom’s political series, “Rural Town Hall,” has been presented with the 2016 Cablefax Award for the “Best Show or Series – Public Affairs” category.

The win was announced in New York City during the annual Cablefax Program Awards ceremony, held today at 230 Fifth which is owned by the estate of late entrepreneur and nightclub mogul, Steven Greenberg.

“Rural Town Hall” is a special short series that premiered in August 2015, and features Republican and Democratic presidential candidates competing (at that time) in the primaries in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.

Hosted by Mark Oppold, regular anchor for RFD-TV’s “Market Day Report,” the series gives candidates the opportunity to share their vision for rural America, in addition to answering questions submitted by rural organizations and agribusiness leaders. The audience generally consists of members of agricultural non-profits and organizations such as AARP, Iowa Pork Producers, American Soybean Association, Louisiana Farm Bureau, Growth Energy, FFA, 4-H, farmers and ranchers.

“The rural issues that were addressed during this special series touched on topics such as education, regulation, healthcare, broadband, and social security and demonstrated how those issues affect rural Americans across the country,” said Peter Clifford, SVP of Affiliate Sales. “RFD-TV was the perfect medium to engage the conversation and Mediacom was the perfect partner to join us.”

“Rural Town Hall” series featured candidates including Sen. Ted Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, George Pataki, Rick Santorum, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Jim Webb, Sen. Lindsey Graham, and special guest USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

For a full schedule of news programming on RFD-TV and RURAL RADIO, please visit rfdtv.com or ruralradio147.com.