Biehl-Owens is named KRVN market manager
Amy Biehl-Owens has been named market manager for the Lexington-based Nebraska Rural Radio Association stations, KRVN AM, 93.1 The River and KAMI.
Association Chief Executive Officer Tim Marshall made the announcement on Aug. 4. Biehl-Owens has been with the company for 21 years, serving most recently as director of sales.
“I listened to ‘The Best Farm Station in the Nation’ as a kid,” Biehl-Owens said. “For over 20 years, I have witnessed firsthand the dedication and professionalism of the people who work hard to serve our mission each day. I am honored and humbled to be able to help lead those efforts as we build on our rich history and explore new ways to serve rural America.”
Marshall said he is excited for Biehl-Owens and the company’s direction.
“We interviewed several strong candidates,” Marshall said. “The committee believes that Amy puts us in the best position for future success. With our growth in recent years, and our more recent expansion, it makes sense to have a station manager focus solely on KRVN.”
Last fall, the NRRA purchased five additional radio stations, bringing the company total to 14.
KRVN is the 50,000-watt flagship of the NRRA based in Lexington. Other markets include Scottsbluff, West Point, York, Cozad and Holdrege.
Nemetz launches Western Ag Network
BILLINGS, Mont. – Radio listeners in Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming have a new source for the latest agriculture news and markets-the Western Ag Network.
Owned and operated by veteran National Association of Farm Broadcasting broadcaster Russell Nemetz, the network’s programs are heard on 47 radio affiliates in six states including Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.
For nearly 25 years, he was part of the Northern Ag Network’s farm broadcast team; the majority of those years as its ag director.
In 2019, he had the opportunity to assume operation of and eventually purchase the Evan Slack Network; another well-known Ag Radio Network in the Rocky Mountain West and Northern Plains.
“It’s a tremendous honor to have this opportunity to continue to serve America’s agriculture industry on the airwaves” said Nemetz. “I want to thank Evan Slack for his legendary career as a trusted friend to agriculture and I will be forever thankful to the hall of fame farm broadcaster for this opportunity to carry on his legacy and still have him part of our broadcast team as an honorary member as he enjoys retirement.”
NAFB farm broadcaster Lane Nordlund has also joined the Western Ag Network team.
This award-winning farm broadcast team of Nemetz, Nordlund and Slack delivers nearly 100 years of combined on-air experience!
In addition to providing daily radio reports on the Western Ag Network, both Nemetz and Nordlund are seen statewide on the Montana Television Network as members of the Montana Ag Network. They also make regular appearances on national television broadcasts like Cattlemen to Cattlemen, This Week in Agribusiness, Market Day Report and Rural Evening News all seen on RFD-TV.
Nemetz is also heard on the Ag Information Network based in Walla Walla, Wash., with radio affiliates in Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
For more information about the Western Ag Network, visit http://www.westernagnetwork.com. ❖
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