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Remembering the Rural Media Group Founder

Dan Agri-Business, General

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On this Memorial Day, Mark Oppold remembers a rural media group founder. A media group that included RFD-TV.

A Celebration of Life in Patrick Gottsch’s honor will be held at the historic Fort Worth Stockyards in the neare future. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Patrick Gottsch grew up on his family’s farm in Elkhorn, Nebraska, where he learned firsthand the importance of rural America in the lives of everyday Americans. These early experiences instilled in him a deep appreciation for the agricultural community and its values, shaping his future endeavors.

Patrick began his journey into broadcasting in 1991 with Superior Livestock Auction. This venture was the stepping stone to his most significant achievement: RFD-TV. What began as a dream turned into reality on August 31, 1988, when RFD-TV started broadcasting across North America. This network quickly became rural America’s most vital television superstation, offering six full hours of live news, market updates, weather reports, business features, and special reports each day.

Patrick’s extensive background in farming, ranching, and his experience as a commodity broker on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange gave him unique insights into the needs and interests of his audience. His commitment to success and dedication to a previously unserved audience made RFD-TV a cornerstone of rural American media. Over the next 35 years, the network spotlighted America’s farmers, ranchers, and Western sports, consistently serving the needs and interests of rural America.

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