The Radio Oklahoma Ag Network and Oklahoma Farm Report on the Move- Heading for Stockyards City!Thu, 21 Dec 2017 11:29:02 CST
The following is an open letter from the Director of Farm Programming for the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network and OklahomaFarmReport.Com Ron Hays:
I have talked to many of you about the changes happening here at the Oklahoma Farm Report and the Radio Oklahoma Network- but wanted to give everyone an update as 2017 starts to wind down about what's going on with yours truly and our team here at RON.
Earlier this year- it was decided by the Griffin Communications folks that they did not want to be in the Ag Radio Network Business- and at that point- and there was talk about either trying to sell the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network or perhaps simply shutting it down.
The man who I have worked with many of the years I have been on the radio and talking agriculture in the state of Oklahoma is Tim West. We worked together at the Oklahoma Agrinet- he was a salesman, Sales Manager and later Network Manager there- retired to his Duck Hunting Guide Business and then got talked out of broadcast retirement by David Griffin to run his Radio Oklahoma Network. In 2006- Tim and I started talking about me making the jump from the Agrinet to the Radio Oklahoma Network- joking that they had the named the network after me and I had to come to work for him.
Well- Ron on RON was the result- and it has been a great ride. Thank you David for including me in your News9 and News on 6 family.
When Tim was made aware of the Griffin desire to get out of this part of the broadcast business- he and I started talking about buying the ag radio network and continuing what we had built.
That started coming together in November- and as of December first- Tim West is the new owner of the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network, the Oklahoma Farm Report website and this newsletter- and I have a small equity position as a partner with Tim in this venture.
So- what does this mean to you if you listen to us on the radio, surf our website, read this email daily or follow us on Twitter or Facebook????
Really- nothing. The effort was made to be seamless in these areas from November 30th to December first and since then- and we are working hard to do just exactly that!
Saying that- it does mean that we are more more determined than ever to not only be a GREAT source of agricultural news and market information every day- but also as we see the need- to be a GREAT Advocate for the farm and ranch community as well. To be honest- that has always been my goal as a farm broadcaster/journalist since I began in 1974 in Wichita, Kansas. Sometimes in some of our recent battles against those who hate modern production agriculture- that has been difficult- we will leave it at that.
Thgere's also good news in that our broadcast team that I am very proud of remains intact. Carson Horn continues to learn all aspects of the farm broadcast and ag journalism business- and is our Associate Director of Farm Programming. Dave Lanning continues as our lead Market Reporter and as the glue holding together our day to day operations.
It does means we are relocating our studios and offices to perhaps the most historic place in Oklahoma Agriculture- the Oklahoma National Stockyards!!!
When you turn onto Exchange Avenue and go under the famous sign- look right and wave- we will be located in the office building just past the sign right besides KIS Futures. Give us a few days to get things all "gussied up"- we hope you will stop by and say HOWDY once we get established in our new digs.
These changes have caused me to reflect on how thankful I am to be a part of the US and Oklahoma farm and ranch scene- so many of you have been so important in my life- and have helped us accomplish so much in being a VOICE for the farm and ranch community for well over forty years!
Thank you for your trust and support and friendship! It's been a great ride- and we are not done yet!
By the way- if you have ideas or suggestions or complaints about what we do- the buck stops with firstname.lastname@example.org give me a call sometime soon.
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