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RFD-TV EXPANDS TEAM WITH PATTON AND LUDWIG
New Sales Hires Rick Patton and Rhonda Ludwig Bring a Combined 52 Years of Sales Experience to Rural Media Group Properties
(NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 15, 2015) Rural Media Group announced today the addition of Rick Patton and Rhonda Ludwig as part of a new initiative to strategically manage national accounts. Patton and Ludwig provide a combined 52 years of experience to leverage company growth and to better serve the agribusiness market for Rural Media Group properties – RFD-TV and RURAL RADIO on SiriusXM, channel 147.
“Rick and Rhonda are rock-stars. They fill a huge void here at Rural Media Group that we have wanted to address for a long time,” said Patrick Gottsch, Founder and President. “I believe that each will have an immediate impact that will result in taking RFD-TV and RURAL RADIO on SiriusXM Channel 147 to a whole new level of success for both national networks.”
Rick Patton joins Rural Media Group as Executive VP, Agriculture Sales & Marketing, after nine years with Vance Publishing as Executive Director/Publisher and two years with Doane Agricultural Services. Prior to that, Patton spent 17 years in the crop protection industry in a variety of leadership roles for American Cyanamid and BASF. Patton will be focused on the agricultural market, leading the team to develop custom advertising and PR packages to extend reach and build market penetration for marketers via RFD-TV, RURAL RADIO SiriusXM Channel 147 and custom events. He will be based out of Raleigh, NC.
Rhonda Ludwig joins Rural Media Group as Midwest Accounts Manager. Ludwig was previously with Penton Farm Progress for 12 years where she served as National Accounts Manager and with Learfield Communications for 11 years where she served as Sales Manager and a Regional Sales Representative. Ludwig will work exclusively with clients on RFD-TV and RURAL RADIO SiriusXM Channel 147 opportunities. She will work with clients and agencies throughout the Midwest to customize advertising and PR packages to meet their marketing needs. Ludwig will be based in Missouri.
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.
Heather Huston, heather@rfdtvcom, (615) 296-9332