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56-YEAR VETERAN FARM BROADCASTER CLIFF MITCHELL RETIRES
National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) reports:

After 56 years on the air, Cliff Mitchell, NAFB Hall of Famer and morning voice of KASM Radio, has retired from the station. He broadcast his last show on Dec. 31.

Cliff spent his entire broadcast career at KASM in Albany, Minn., after attending Brown Institute for broadcasting in the Twin Cities. Being a radio personality was one of three career aspirations Cliff had growing up. The others were a cowboy and fireman, and he accomplished both of these as well. He followed the rodeo for a year and a half and became a volunteer fireman after he started his radio career.

He said his favorite part of being a broadcaster was the people.

"I enjoyed the guests I interviewed and the people I associated with," he said. "When it would rain here I would have 40 or 50 calls from people in different locations telling me how much rain they got so I could report it."

Cliff received numerous awards and honors over the years for his excellence and dedication to the field. He was inducted into the NAFB Hall of Fame in 2005, and into the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame (Minnesota) in 2002. He was named North Central Region Farm Broadcaster of the Year by NAFB and Non-Metro Broadcast Personality of the Year by the Minnesota Broadcasters Association.

He joined NAFB in 1984 and was active at the annual Conventions. One of his fondest memories is helping to start the annual NAFB Foundation Auction.

Members who would like to keep in touch with Cliff can e-mail him at bigmouth@clearwire.com.
A recent edition of the St. Cloud Times includes an article about Cliff. You can access it at http://www.sctimes.com/article/20090101/NEWS01/101010040.


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