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Ron Hays joins the Radio Oklahoma Network as Farm Svs Dir. Radio Oklahoma Network is a statewide radio network providing news, weather, agriculture reports and sports information to radio stations across Oklahoma and is owned by Griffin Communications, L.L.C. in Oklahoma City and QuinStar Radio Networks in Enid.
Hays was previously with Oklahoma Agrinet. He is a past president of NAFB, a winner of Nat'l Farm Broadcaster of the Year, and has won the prestigious Oscars in Agriculture three times.

Bock & Associates, Eden Prairie, MN, announces that Wayne Bollum joins their staff as VP where he will be responsible for sales and management of several agricultural publications represented by Bock & Associates.
Most recently, Bollum was with Farm Journal's Beef Today and Dairy Today magazines. Prior to Farm Journal, Wayne was the publisher of Prism's BEEF and National Hog Farmer magazines. He started his publishing career with AgriMarketing and AgriFinance with a stint at Farm Progress Companies.

RFD-TV has launched on the Headend in the Sky (HITS) joining a lineup of over 150 digital video and audio services available to affiliates of service operated by Comcast Media Center (CMC).
Now, in its 6th year of broadcasting, RFD-TV serves the needs and interests of rural America, horse lovers, farmers & ranchers with traditional, family-oriented television programming. The network is distributed by Mediacom and NCTC cable systems in all 50 states and serves over 28 million cable and satellite homes in the U.S.

Brownfield, Ag News for America, announces Dave Russell is joining it as its Indiana Farm Dir. Russell's farm broadcasting career spans several decades. His radio and television experience began at WRFD in Columbus, OH. Since then, he has been a voice for Hoosier agriculture at WOWO in Ft. Wayne, IN, and as the Indiana voice for Tribune Radio Networks. Russell most recently was the liaison for the state of Indiana's Department of Environmental Management.
Also joining Brownfield is Peter Shinn as Farm Dir of Waitt Agribusiness.
Shinn's career in ag communications began at WOW AM-FM, Omaha, NE, where he was Agri-Service Dir. He worked with Data Transmission. He most recently was Dir of Broadcast Services for NAFB.

Learfield Communications, Inc. announces the appointment of Sam McPheeters to GM of Learfield InterAction, its unit that handles interactive new media capabilities, which includes new marketing tools such as podcasting, blogging, RSS feeds, integrated media and Web site development.

Farms.com adds agricultural equipment and energy content to its popular portal Web site. On the agricultural equipment page, users have access to information on used equipment, news and reviews on the latest equipment to enter the market, and access to other information such as financing, maintenance, safety and custom application rates.
The energy page offers an assortment of information describing how alternative energy works, what options are available to producers today, and specific pages on ethanol, biodiesel, and wind energy. The site will also feature expert commentaries and reports on the latest information regarding ag energy and its opportunities.

FARM JOURNAL, has been selected as one of the nation's top 25 business publications by BtoB Media Business, the magazine for business publishing executives. FARM JOURNAL is the only agricultural magazine to be recognized in the elite 25 list.

In its June 2006 issue, BtoB Media Business described the 25 publications as having "shaped the business publishing industry." Other publications on the list include Business Week, The Economist, Forbes, Fortune, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

BtoB Media Business, published by Crain Communications, Inc., picked the "Media Business 100" to reflect the events, people and publications that have shaped the industry. The "Media Business 100" is comprised of the top 25 business publications, top 25 people and top 50 publishing milestones. It commemorates the 100th anniversary of American Business Media (ABM), the industry association for business-to-business information providers.

BtoB Media Business said that FARM JOURNAL "started regional editions in 1952 and switched its focus from a consumer magazine to a b-to-b publication in 1958. In 1982, FARM JOURNAL became the first magazine to bind issues based on customized information, such as crops, livestock and region."

"We are honored that our service to farmers ranks us among the nation's best business publications. To be listed in the ranks along with publications like Fortune, Forbes and The Wall Street Journal is, indeed, high praise," said Sr VP of Editorial Sonja Hillgren.

"FARM JOURNAL has always had a culture of innovation, and it is gratifying to receive this recognition alongside the most widely known brands," said Steve Custer, Exec VP and Publisher. AM AM


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