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Source: Rural Media Group news release

Mike Hansen, long time employee of RFD-TV, will retire effective May 1st. Hansen has been in agriculture marketing and communications since 1974, having worked in both radio and television in a variety of roles.

For the past 16 years he has been with the Rural Media Group, first with RFD-TV and continuing when it added RURAL RADIO on SiriusXM Channel 147.

Hansen has been a member of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) since 1974. He played an important role in the early stages of marketing and research at NAFB as the industry set standards and metrics depicting the impact farm broadcasters had on the agriculture audience. For his efforts, Hansen was awarded the Dix Harper Meritorious Service Award, given to a member who "demonstrated exemplary and committed service to NAFB."

He is also a long time member of the National Agri-Marketing Association.

"I have been with RFD-TV since the early days and have witnessed the amazing growth the Network has experienced," says Hansen. "Having been there from the beginning, I now look back fondly at what it has become and I'm proud to say that I was part of it all."

RFD-TV Founder and President Patrick Gottsch praised Hansen's time with the company saying, "Mike Hansen was the very first employee for RFD-TV. For years, this company has grown and benefited from Mike's dedication to our goal of making RFD-TV rural America's most important network. In addition, Mike's past experience in radio was instrumental for the launch of RURAL RADIO on SiriusXM channel 147.

"Mike has also been a good friend to my daughters and myself, and someone that I have relied on for advice many, many times. We wish Mike and Heidi the very best with his retirement. Happy Hunting!"