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“Kentucky Afield” Radio Welcomes Original Host Ron Rhody This Weekend
FRANKFORT, Ky. – “Kentucky Afield” radio turns back the clock nearly 60 years as we bring back Ron Rhody, the show’s original creator, for a special program airing this weekend, Aug 21 and 22.
“Kentucky Afield” prides itself in being the longest-running outdoor show in the nation. While it conjures thoughts of long-time personalities such as Tim Farmer, Dave Shuffett and Hope Carleton, Rhody served as the original host in 1953. Some sportsmen and sportswomen credit Rhody as the father of outdoor television – preceding Marlin Perkins and Jim Fowler of “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” by 10 years. “Kentucky Afield” began as a 15-minute radio show, but grew into a television program after just six months. Both radio and television shows still air today.
Rhody joins current radio show host Russ Kennedy to chat about the early days of broadcasting and how, despite a successful global public relations career, Rhody still says that the hunting and fishing show he named is the best job he ever had.
While his business savvy carried him as far away as San Francisco and Sydney, Australia, he and his wife always maintained their connection with their Kentucky roots.
“Kentucky Afield” radio airs on the following stations and times:
• WKCM-AM 1160 in Hawesville, 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT, Sundays.
• WBGN-AM 1340 in Bowling Green, 6 p.m. ET/5p.m. CT, Sundays.
• WFMW-AM 730 in Madisonville, 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT, Sundays.
• EZ Country WEZJ-FM104.3 in Williamsburg, 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT, Sundays.
• WTLO-AM 1480 in Somerset, 9 a.m. ET/8 a.m. CT, Saturdays
• WGTK-AM 970 in Louisville, 6 a.m. ET/5 a.m. CT and 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT Sundays.
No radio outlet in your area? You may listen online at the following web site: http://fw.ky.gov/kyafieldradioshow.asp