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Patrick Gottsch, founder of RFD-TV, has died

Photo courtesy RFD-TV.

Patrick Gottsch, founder of Rural Media Group, Inc., the parent company of RFD-TV has died.  He was 70.

Gottsch, an Elkhorn, Nebraska native, understood the important role of rural America.  He worked as a commodity broker on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange from 1977 to 1982. He also worked for Superior Livestock Auction, which was the first auction to introduce satellite video marketing for the livestock industry, it has since grown to become the largest livestock auction enterprise in the U.S.

In December 2000, he created a 24-hour rural television network, Rural Free Delivery Television (RFD-TV), launched on DISH Network.  The channel eventually expanded to DIRECTV and then all major cable companies. 

Gottsch dedicated his career to telling the story of farmers, ranchers, and western sports. 

Photo courtesy RFD-TV.

  • My father was a wheat farmer in Colorado in the 40’s and 50’s. There were lots of struggles. Thanks to Patrick all these years later maybe the farmers have it a little better now. The Cowboy Channel is the best. I watch it all the time and having the NFR on there is a godsend. Thank you Patrick for all you have done for all of us. We appreciate you so much.
    RIP. You deserve a good rest. You have done so much for everyone. Hopefully your beautiful family will keep things running and we can continue to enjoy all you have accomplished.

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