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News - Two Emmy Awards Awarded to KFB Television Show and Staff

  • August 01, 2009

“Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Bluegrass & Backroads” and the staff that produces the television show – Bob Shrader, Matt Hilton and Mike Feldhaus – can now add winners of prestigious Emmy Awards to their credits.
The 30-minute weekly program received Emmys last month in the Best Overall Magazine and Best Photography categories in the 45th annual Ohio Valley regional competition sponsored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.


Kentucky Farm Bureau broadcasters (l-r)
Bob Shrader, Mike Feldhaus and
Matt Hilton

The awards recognized television and media professionals in four states for work produced in 2008.

“The competition is obviously very strong,” said David S. Beck, executive vice president of Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation. “For Kentucky Farm Bureau to be judged as having the best feature-type program is quite an honor.

Noting that the competition included network television affiliates and public television stations, Bob Shrader, Kentucky Farm Bureau’s video production coordinator, said: “We’re excited to be recognized by our peers. Many magazine shows have 10 to 12 people working on them at one time.”

Kentucky Farm Bureau has just two people in its video department: Shrader and video production specialist Hilton. They share writing, filming, interviews and editing duties. Feldhaus, director of broadcast services, is the host of the program.

Shrader and Hilton each were presented an Emmy for photography on a story about “Old Friends Retirement Home,” a Central Kentucky farm set up for retired thoroughbred horses.

Feldhaus, Hilton and Shrader were recognized for an episode of ”Bluegrass & Backroads” with segments featuring Joe Ley’s antique store in Louisville, the Oak Level Forge blacksmith operation in Benton and Old Friends Retirement Home in Georgetown.

“Bluegrass & Backroads” recently was selected for broadcast overseas as one of only a handful chosen to air on RURAL TV ­– the world’s first 24-hour international television network dedicated to crossing borders with farming, equine, rural lifestyle and traditional country music entertainment programs in Great Britain and western Europe.

The Kentucky Farm Bureau television show is broadcast in the United States on RFD-TV, which is carried by Dish Network and DirecTV, and most major cable outlets. It is aired weekly in most Kentucky television markets. For a complete schedule or to watch “Bluegrass & Backroads” online, visit kyfb.com/federation.


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