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RFD-TV “The Number One Cable Network for Western Sports” and RURAL RADIO Announce Summer Lineup for the 2015 Rodeo Season

(NASHVILLE, TN — AUGUST 04, 2015) Avid rodeo and Western sports fans can now catch their favorite contestants and top rodeos throughout the summer on RFD-TV and RURAL RADIO SiriusXM Channel 147. The summer slate features encore airings of some of the top rodeos in the circuit, along with Western sports highlights, weekly standings, and interviews with top athletes. From the Bob Feist Invitational and the Pikes Peak or Bust rodeo to the Cody Wyoming and Days of 47 rodeos Western sports fans can catch all the summer rodeo action on RFD-TV and RURAL RADIO.

On RFD-TV, viewers can watch WESTERN SPORTS WEEKLY every Wednesday at 9 PM ET. WESTERN SPORTS WEEKLY is the top destination for rodeo fans to get the latest information and Western sports standings, all produced to give viewers an inside look from the top. This one-hour weekly program features the latest headlines from rodeos across the country, interviews with top athletes, and weekly standings from Professional Bull Riding (PBR) and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. In addition, the show presents weekly segments such as the “athlete of the week,” “team of the week,” and “tip of the week.” Other network programs such as Little Britches Rodeo, Professional Roughstock Series, and Racer’s Edge round out the prime time Wednesday block. Western sports viewers can also catch weekday recaps on the RURAL EVENING NEWS, and complimentary rodeo programming such as Total Team Roping on Friday’s and the Cinch High School Rodeo and Women’s Pro Rodeo on Saturday’s.

“As a network, we know how important this content is for our viewers and it’s our job to deliver it. Western sports programming has been steadily growing for the past two years, especially since we launched The American in 2014,” stated Randy Bernard, Chief Events Officer for RFD-TV. “RFD-TV is continually working with sanctioning bodies and outside rodeo organizations throughout the world to broaden our Western sports programming.” 

RFD-TV is available to more than 48 million households across North America and Western sports content is one of the top programming genres responsible for growth on the network. Household viewing for RFD-TV’s Western sports programming was up five percent in 2015 compared with the previous year and receives more than 600,000 adult impressions weekly. Since the beginning of 2015, the Western sports genre has delivered more than 10 million households and hosted 15 million adult viewers.

RFD-TV’s Western Sports Summer Schedule:

August 5: Featuring a brief intro with Kayla Zadel, this week’s WESTERN SPORTS WEEKLY will feature an encore presentation of the 75th Annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, a Colorado Springs tradition since 1937.

August 12: Watch a full episode of WESTERN SPORTS WEEKLY with live special guest Fallon Taylor. This week’s episode also includes a big announcement about RFD-TV’s The American, the world’s richest rodeo event. A delayed broadcast of the 95th Cody Stampede Rodeo will air post-show starting at 9:30 PM ET. The Cody Stampede Rodeo is the PRCA's largest one header rodeo and features more than 800 of the top contestants competing for a purse of $400,000.

August 19: Featuring a full episode of WESTERN SPORTS WEEKLY, followed by a delayed broadcast of the Days of ’47 Rodeo in Salt Lake City, Utah.

RFD-TV also features complimentary rodeo shows with Western sports highlights on the RURAL EVENING NEWS and programming, such as:

Little Britches Rodeo
     Wednesday’s at 5 PM and 3:30 AM ET

Professional Roughstock Series
     Wednesday’s at 8 PM and 12 AM ET, and Sunday’s at 2:30 PM ET

Racer’s Edge
     Wednesday’s at 8:30 PM and 12:30 AM ET

Total Team Roping
     Friday’s at 2:30 PM and 10:30 PM ET

Cinch High School Rodeo
     Sunday’s at 12:30 PM ET

Women’s Pro Rodeo
     Sunday’s at 10:30 PM ET

RURAL RADIO SiriusXM Channel 147 (formerly channel 80) also offers a complimentary slate of Western sports programming year-round featuring Western Sports Roundup with Steve Kenyon, Outside the Barrel with Flint Rasmussen, Alexis Bloomer’s Off the Record, and coverage of PBR, WPCA and PRCA events.

RURAL RADIO is fast becoming the recognized leader in Western sports coverage. Working in cooperation with ProRodeoLive.com, RURAL RADIO has been the exclusive home for events like the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, and complete coverage of RFD TV's The American. This summer RURAL RADIO will air live rodeo coverage from major sporting events including: The Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo, the California Rodeo Salinas, The Calgary Stampede, the Ellensburg Rodeo, the Pendleton Round-Up, the PRCA's Wrangler Champions Challenge events and of course the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December. 

RURAL RADIO is the first and only national radio network serving rural America and Canada and is available to more than 27 million households nationally. RURAL RADIO has also experienced steady growth for the past two years with a large audience of farmers and ranchers and reaching more than 55 million listeners weekly.

For a full schedule of Western sports programming on RFD-TV and RURAL RADIO SiriusXM Channel 147 and its programs please go to rfdtv.com or ruralradio80.com.

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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, RURAL RADIO, FamilyNet, RFD-TV The Magazine, and RFD-TV The Theatre. RMG are distributed to 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. Top RFD-TV programming includes Market Day Report, Rural Evening News, Rural America Live, 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 (formerly channel 80), 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, and ruralradio80.com.

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

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