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ILLINOIS' RFD RADIO NETWORK OPENS NEW STUDIO
Source: Illinois Farm Bureau news release

The Illinois-based RFD Radio Network® recently unveiled its new, state-of-the-art audio studio at its headquarters in Bloomington, Ill. More than 100 guests that included farmers, affiliates, advertisers, Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) staff and affiliated company guests had the first look during an open house that included a countdown, on-air sign lighting and first official broadcast from the new studio.

In addition to new audio technology, the new studio includes viewing windows and a listening area located inside the IFB headquarters building in the heart of Illinois.

Alan Jarand, center, director and 35-year anchor of the Illinois-based RFD Radio Network® gives Illinois farmers Steve Hosselton, left, and David Meiss a tutorial on the new audio board as a crowd gathers outside the network's new studio in Bloomington, Ill. for its dedication on Nov. 22. The network feeds programming to more than 80 radio station partners throughout the entire state of Illinois.
Launched as a service to farmers and other Illinoisans in 1967, the network produces its half-hour "RFD Illinois" and one-hour "RFD Today" programs, along with market updates, ag news, custom ag weather reports, commodity market analysis reports, commentaries and consumer features for more than 80 Illinois radio station-partners.

In all, the network produces over twenty individual programs each weekday, ranging in length from one minute to one hour. The network has the largest in-state news gathering team and is the highest-rated radio network in Illinois covering agriculture and rural issues.

From the newly constructed main studio, the RFD Radio Network feeds audio by fiber optic line to satellite uplink facilities that its affiliates receive through receivers provided by the network.

In addition to feeding the uplink, the network also distributes audio on h the FarmWeekNow.com website, and the FarmweekNow.com smartphone app. Also, the network streams "RFD Illinois" and "RFD Today" live online and posts podcasts of both in the RFD Radio Network section of the site.

J.L. Farmakis, Inc. serves as the RFD Radio Network's national ad sales representative. Alan Jarand serves as the network's radio director and anchor and Rita Frazer co-anchor and industry relations representative.


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