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JOHN JENKINSON, JANET SHOPE JOIN RURAL MEDIA GROUP
Source: Rural Media Group news release

John Jenkinson joins the Rural Media Group news team as Markets Editor for RFD-TV and Rural Radio Channel 147 on SiriusXM. Working in the ag news industry since '97, Jenkinson brings more than 20 years of reporting experience to Rural Media Group.

Prior to Jenkinson's move to Nashville, he provided news coverage for KBUF in Garden City, KS and KSN-TV reporting ag news statewide in Kansas and Missouri. He also reported at KMZU in Carrolton, MO, WIBW in Topeka, KS, KSIR in Fort Morgan, CO, KFEQ in St. Joseph, MO. Jenkinson is a current member and former Vice President of National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) and the current Vice President and former President of the Kansas Flying Farmers (KFF). He is also the former Vice President of the Meade County Farm Bureau, former board member of the South West Kansas Irrigation Association, and former President of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA Chapter 377).

John is an exceptionally knowledgeable journalist and his deep knowledge of farming and ranching makes him a perfect fit for us here at Rural Media Group," said Gary Kanofsky, Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President of News.

Jenkinson joins fellow Markets Editors Marlin Bohling and Mark Oppold on "Market Day Report" which airs weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST and weeknights on the "Rural Evening News" at 7:30 p.m. EST. Both programs are also simulcast on Rural Radio Channel 147 on SiriusXM. "Market Day Report" is the network's most-watched telecast for farmers and ranchers, delivering live continuous coverage of the latest news, trade analysis, national weather, and in-depth commodity market updates. The "Rural Evening News" highlights daily events in rural America and includes market recaps, national weather reports, and Western sports highlights.

John Jenkinson grew up on the family farm in Southwest Kansas and had an early passion for agriculture. He was active in FFA and 4-H as a student and became involved with agricultural organizations as a young adult. He studied agriculture, mechanics, and aviation in college, and in 1997, he took his passion for agriculture to a more public level and went to work for a radio station as a farm broadcaster which led to on-camera experience and agriculture reporting. In 2009, he developed and launched a successful radio network that delivered market and agriculture programs to radio affiliates across seven states and later was asked by a television network with multiple stations to provide them with agriculture content. Drawing on experience from his involvement with the family farm, and his ability to bridge the gap between consumers and producers, he developed a loyal following among his audience.

Janet Shope joins Rural Media Group as VP of Advertising Sales for RFD-TV and Rural Radio Channel 147 on SiriusXM. With a solid background in sales, Shope brings more than 20 years of Cable, Radio and Broadcast sales experience to RMG. Prior to joining RMG, Janet worked with Sinclair Broadcast Group as a Senior Account Executive. There she was responsible for working with local and regional agencies and direct clients in developing multi-platform marketing and digital campaigns.

Janet brings a unique combination of assets with a diverse background in electronic media sales, as well as a passion for the lifestyle embodied in the RFD-TV brand. This will ultimately yield a strong connection with advertisers and agency buyers.

Janet began her sales career in 1996 with Comcast Cable in Florida, then as Sales Manager with Cox Communications. In 2001, Janet's experience brought her back to her hometown of Nashville, where she spent 12 years in both cable and radio sales.

"I'm extremely excited to be here," said Shope. "I was an avid RFD-TV viewer before coming on board and I totally believe in the strength of the brand. I've always been a country girl at heart, loving the western lifestyle. I can't think of a more fitting place for me to be."

Janet is a native of Nashville and received her Marketing Degree while in Florida. She has three children, Hunter, Hannah and Jonathan, and two grandchildren, Adilene Tennessee and Henley Pearl. Shope comes to the table with rural roots residing with her family on 6+ acres outside of Nashville and raising her quarter horses and dogs.

More information about RFD-TV and Rural Radio Channel 147 on SiriusXM can be found at rfdtv.com and RuralRadio147.com.

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