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Pam Jahnke Inducted into NAFB Hall of Fame
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/22/2022

Longtime Wisconsin farm broadcaster Pam Jahnke has been inducted into the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Jahnke, who serves as farm director of WTDY/Q106 Radio and Mid-West Family Broadcasting in Madison, earned the distinction last week during the NAFB's national convention in Kansas City.

The Oconto County native is a former president of the broadcaster group, which is made up of about 150 members and others who work in the industry. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 1988 with majors in broadcast journalism and broad area agriculture. She also started the campus's first-ever radio farm report and received the top national scholarship from the NAFB at that time.

After college, Pam worked in the Eau Claire market before being named farm director at a Madison radio station. In 1996, she joined WTDY and soon started a syndicated farm program called the 'Wisconsin Farm Report,' which is heard on radio stations across the state. She also does daily agricultural news and market broadcasts for a local Madison television station.

In 2013, the NAFB named Janke as its Farm Broadcaster of the Year; and she has received many other awards during her career, including the 'Friend of Agriculture Award' by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, 'Agri Marketing Person of The Year' by the Badger chapter of the National Agrimarketing Association, Wisconsin's Friend of 4-H Award, and the Honorary American FFA Degree.

Meanwhile, Michelle Stangler from Watertown, a student attending the University of Wisconsin-River Fall, has been presented with the 2022 NAFB Orion Samuelson Scholarship award. And Ashley Hagenow of Rio, a senior attending the University of Minnesota, was presented with the George Logan Scholarship.


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