Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A Voice for Radio

Some people just have a voice for radio.  There are certain characteristics that makes it easy to listen to them on the air.  Some radio hosts speak loudly with a lot of volume, pitch, and tone.  Sometimes it can even be over the top.

In college, Travis volunteered to help one of this friends majoring in Communications with an assignment for a broadcasting class.  He was interviewed on a mock television production by his friend, with other classmates helping with the various tasks that occur on a television set (camera, sound, etc.).

As the story goes, at some point during the broadcast someone told Travis to use his real voice.  His response was, "This is my real voice."  No joke!  You could say that Travis has an authentic voice for radio, and comes by it naturally.

Now, I'm not saying that my husband has an obnoxiously loud voice...most of the time. Although, volume control would sometimes be convenient.

What I am saying is that Travis is articulate.

People with a voice for radio sound conversational and speak plainly for the audience to understand the topic at hand.

This came in handy when he was featured in a showcase on the What's On Your Mind radio program sponsored by the North Dakota Farm Bureau.  During these short interviews, farmers and ranchers throughout the state speak on various topics that affect them.

You can listen here to hear Travis talk about developing young leaders through North Dakota Farm Bureau's Young Farmers and Ranchers program, or read below.

The future of agriculture depends on young people getting involved and telling their story as producers.
Today most people living in the cities and towns across America are generations removed from farms and that does not bode well for farm policy. Those people are unlikely to understand what modern farmers do when they have never been on a farm or talked with a farmer.
The Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher program raises awareness of this by sponsoring a conference each year that deals with some of the most pressing issues today in ag.
The conference is attended by young farmers across the state and aims to prepare them to be better leaders in their community. This year's conference was just held in Bismarck this past weekend.*

I also had the opportunity to have my forty-three seconds of radio fame when I was interviewed for the Ask a Farmer showcase.  It is a spot to answer questions that people may have for farmers and ranchers.

The question I was asked was, "Why do some farmers or their spouses work off the farm?"

Prior to moving to the farm, Travis and I had many discussions whether or not I was going to work off the farm (you can learn more about that here).  While we chose for me to stay home full-time and help on the farm, I felt confident that it was it was a question that I was qualified to answer.

You can listen here for my response, or read below.

A variety of factors can determine whether a farmer and his spouse are employed off the farm. Many times the financial aspect takes the spotlight.  An off-farm job can provide a steady income stream throughout the year when farm income is not consistent.
Some farmers may work an off-farm job during the winter months when they have extra time to create additional cash flow. 
An off-farm job may also provide insurance and benefits.  These expenses would otherwise come directly out of the farmer's pocket.
However, a farmer and his spouse may choose to work together on the farm if there is a need for additional skilled labor and it fits best with their schedule.
Farming can be a demanding, but rewarding career.  Ultimately the decision whether or not a farmer and his spouse are employed off the farm is determined by what is best for their family and operation.

You can listen in to the What's On Your Mind radio program live from 9 to 11 a.m. on KFYR AM 550 in Bismarck, WZFG AM 1100 The Flag in Fargo,  KLTC AM 1460 in Dickinson and KTGO AM 1090 The Flag in Tioga.

If you aren't near a radio or outside the broadcast area, you can listen online at Flag Family, KFYR, KLTC 1460 or Bakken Beacon.

While Travis and I have no plans for a future in radio, it is nice to know we have some broadcasting experience...just kidding!

Our trusty shop radio, along with wireless modem on top.

This week, March 8-14th, is North Dakota Farm Bureau week.  I'll be writing everyday highlighting some of the ways Travis and I are involved with the organization. You can read yesterday's post here.


*I plan on blogging about this conference in the upcoming months.  You can read about our first conference that we attended here.

Disclaimer: As farmers, we are members of the North Dakota Farm Bureau and volunteer our time to the organization.  We were not paid to be featured in these radio time slots, and the questions are our own opinions.

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