RFD-TV News Launches Election Coverage

RFD-TV News Launches Election Coverage



Rural America’s Most Important Network to Cover National Politics from a Rural Perspective

(NASHVILLE, TN – MAY 27, 2015) RFD-TV News unveiled its plans to cover the major political races in the run up to the 2016 elections. The coverage of issues affecting rural Americans will be featured on RFD-TV’s daily agribusiness news program MARKET DAY REPORT (Mon – Fri, 9a – 2p ET), its evening news program, RURAL EVENING NEWS (Mon – Fri, 7:30p/11:30p ET), as well as special programming. Principal coverage will originate from RFD-TV’s Washington D.C. bureau, with additional coverage from the Chicago bureau, and its journalists on the ground. RFD-TV plans to visit 29 states throughout the summer, including the key primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. RFD-TV will broadcast from its new state-of-the-art studios on Music Row in Nashville, Tennessee to 48 million homes and simulcast to the 25+ million subscribers to RURAL RADIO on SiriusXM, channel 147.

“From day one, RFD-TV’s goal has been to reconnect city with country. The needs of rural Americans have largely been ignored and we intend to highlight the issues of importance to this key voting demographic, allowing them to make informed decisions,” stated Patrick Gottsch, Founder and President of RFD-TV. “In addition to political coverage, RFD-TV News’ coverage related to food, fiber, and pharmaceutical industries are key to that reconnection. We believe this country is at its best when urban and rural Americans are working together.”

“At RFD-TV, we care about the same thing our audience cares about. Our bread and butter are issues that affect rural America. That will be our singular focus,” said Gary Kanofsky, EVP of RFD-TV News. “We’ll let other broadcasters battle for eyeballs by focusing on personalities.”

RFD-TV’s viewers are ranked #2 by index for always voting in federal elections (Golf Channel is #1) and are 28% more likely to vote than the average television network. In addition, 64% of RFD-TV viewers vote in federal, state, or local elections, while 60% always vote in federal elections. Finally, RFD-TV viewers have very high indexes for political engagement stating that they have “Called or Written a Politician” (162), “Identify As An Influencer” (151), or “Attended A Political Speech” (116).

Editor’s note: RFD-TV Founder and President Patrick Gottsch will be in New York, New York on May 27-28th and will be available for interviews in person or on the phone. Please contact michael@rfdtv.com to schedule an interview.


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. Reconnecting city with country, RMG is the parent company of RFD-TV, FamilyNet, RFD-TV The Magazine, and RFD-TV The Theatre. RMG networks (RFD-TV, RURAL TV, FamilyNet, and RURAL RADIO) are distributed into 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 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, RFD-TV programming includes Market Day Report, Rural Evening News, 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.

Found exclusively on SiriusXM channel 147, 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 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.

FamilyNet is America’s trusted entertainment network dedicated to providing wholesome and responsible viewing choices for today’s diverse family.

RFD-TV The Magazine:
RFD-TV The Magazine is the print-programming guide for the networks, which has attracted over 180,000 paid subscribers.

RFD-TV The Theatre:
RFD-TV The Theatre is a 2,000 capacity soft seat venue in Branson, Missouri where entertainment programming is produced and performed.

For more information, visit rfdtv.com, familynet.com, ruralradio147.com.

PR@rfdtv.com, (615) 296-9332

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