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New Hires at Rural Media Group Expected to Grow Assets and Magnify Brand Awareness for the RMG Family of Networks

(NASHVILLE, TN – JULY 08, 2015) Rural Media Group (RMG) announced the expansion of the corporate marketing department today with the appointment of four new team members. The newly established positions were created as part of a targeted strategy to better serve the network affiliates, programmers, and clients and leverage company growth for RMG properties (RFD-TV, RURAL RADIO on SiriusXM Channel 147, FamilyNet, RFD-TV The Magazine, and RFD-TV The Theatre). In the coming months, RMG anticipates further expansion to maintain company growth with new positions in the news, digital, marketing, and research departments.

“The Rural Media Group is a company on the move. With new headquarters on Nashville’s Music Row, new, state-of-the-art studios, continued ratings growth, distribution expansion, and exciting new programming such as the RURAL TOWN HALL, we are continually on the lookout for new talent to help us stay on top,” said Billy Frey, Chief Marketing Officer. “Heather, Alisa, and Cameron are great additions to an already outstanding team. RMG will continue to grow on the strength of RFD-TV and RURAL RADIO on SiriusXM Channel 147.”

New team members include:

  • Billy Frey, Chief Marketing Officer: Frey currently oversees all marketing functions for the company, including the launch of its new state-of-the-art studios for the daily newscast of MARKET DAY REPORT and RURAL EVENING NEWS. Prior to joining RMG, Frey was senior vice president of the Alltech Ag Network at Alltech, a global animal health company. Frey worked in the marketing department at Alltech for 16 years in various roles including brand management, country management, public relations, digital marketing, and online broadcasting. While there he worked in the U.S., Canada, Hungarian, Irish, and French markets.

  • Heather Huston, VP of Marketing: Huston will focus on numerous RMG brands, including the fast growing RURAL RADIO SiriusXM Channel 147. Prior to joining the company, Huston worked for numerous television companies, including the National Geographic Channel and an award winning Production Company based out of Austin, TX.

  • Cameron Miller, Manager of Affiliate Distribution & Marketing: Cameron joins RMG to manage affiliate contracts and renewals with MVPD’s and other OTT platforms. Additionally, he will have marketing responsibilities in regards to cross-promotional initiatives and industry events. Prior to joining RMG, Miller worked in events marketing and production at various companies, including Pier 59 Studios in New York, and The Grand Ole Opry and The Ryman in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • Alisa Kessler, Graphic Designer: Kessler joins the marketing team as part of the new graphic design team. She will focus on off-air design and RFD-TV The Magazine. Prior to joining the network, Kessler was an award-winning designer for the Texas Stars and the Ohio University Intercollegiate Athletics, among others.


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, ruralradio80.com.

Heather Huston, VP of Marketing, o: (615) 296-9332, m: (802)345-5262, heather@rfdtvcom

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