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Agrimarketing : June 2008
30 AgriMarketing ¦ June 2008 network produces three dozen news, market, weather and sports informa- tion programs for more than 70 affili- ated radio stations in four states; plus two daily ag television pro- grams that are seen on nine Montana and Wyoming TV stations. On local television he’s the friendly cowboy in the Stetson hat telling truck buy- ers, “tell ’em Taylor sent ya!” “They say a big part of the politi- cal process is name recognition, and those of us in broadcasting have a lot of that,” said the 29-year career vet- eran broadcaster. Like Callahan, Brown was also approached to run for office, by sev- eral political leaders that he highly respects. He’s running unopposed for the Republican nomination in the June 3 primaries to represent Senate District 22. His Web site, www.votetaylor brown.com includes a comprehensive listing of his beliefs and positions, but he summed them up in one state- ment. “With a lifetime in agriculture and 25 years of owning a small busi- ness, I will be a champion for developing our state’s econ- omy,” Brown says. “That means lowering taxes, reducing the size of our state govern- ment and increas- ing jobs.” Because of his ties with veteran broadcaster Conrad Burns, a long- time U.S. Senator from whom Brown purchased the Northern Broadcasting System , he’s often asked if Burns has served as his political mentor. “Conrad’s encouragement and belief in me are the very reasons I even became a farm broadcaster in the first place,” Brown says, “and he has long urged me to consider run- ning for office. I’d have to say that watching his success in public ser- vice has been an inspiration to many others like me.” NAFB PRESIDENTS Callahan and Brown are both past Presidents of the NAFB. In fact, Callahan was the organization’s first female President. Taylor continues his reign as President of the NAFB Foundation, a position he has held since 1997. While their farm broadcasting careers have given these political candidates a jumpstart on name recognition and public familiarity, their airtime has and could cause some controversy. Under the Federal Communications Commission rules, equal media opportunities must be provided for political candi- dates. Overall, both candidates believe their knowledge of agriculture, their ties with their communities and with ag and business organizations have been bonuses for their races. AM Tammy Dodderidge is a freelance writer. Ph: 913/894-1611; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. BROADCASTERS RUN FOR OFFICE/ continued from page 28 Taylor Brown
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