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Happy Birthday, AgDay!

October 27, 2012
By: Wes Mills, Ag Day TV Executive Producer
 
 

For 30 years, farmers have been tuning in to the day’s top agriculture headlines on AgDay TV.

agdayIt was Neal Nussbaum, an agribusiness entrepreneur from Monticello, Ind., who wanted to create a television show that served America’s farmers and ranchers. On Aug. 16, 1982, "AgDay" hit the air, produced at WTHI-TV in Terre Haute, Ind. From its beginnings with a fledgling network of 35 TV stations, "AgDay" now spans more than 140 stations and thousands of RFD-TV subscribers across the country.

The show’s milestones are many. It was the second syndicated TV show, behind "Entertainment Tonight," to be distributed by satellite.

"AgDay" was acquired by Farm Journal Media in 1998 and has grown into a key element of the company’s multifaceted media platform that engages the nation’s top farmers and ranchers.

Keeping to its Hoosier-based roots, the show’s home is now WNDU-TV in South Bend, Ind., the NBC affiliate in northern Indiana. "It’s an honor to be part of a legacy as rich and deep as ‘AgDay,’" says Clinton Griffiths, the show’s  anchor. "My goal is to continue to make the program a premier destination and ource for  America’s farm and ranch families to get the latest news and information affecting their lives."

In addition to Griffiths, the "AgDay" on-air staff includes longtime ag broadcaster Al Pell, who  serves as farm director for Farm Journal Television. Reporting duties fall on the shoulders of national reporter Tyne Morgan, who joined the "AgDay" team in early 2012.

Weather, of course, is an important element of an ag news show. Meteorologist Mike Hoffman provides indepth weather coverage and analysis for farmer-viewers. 

 

Watch a recap of AgDay’s 30 years on the air:


 

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FEATURED IN: Farm Journal - November 2012
RELATED TOPICS: Production

 
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