Remembering Patrick Gottsch

Remembering Patrick Gottsch

Today, we bid farewell to Patrick Gottsch, the visionary founder of Rural Media Group, Inc. Patrick passed away on May 18, 2024, leaving behind an indelible legacy that profoundly transformed rural media and the lives of countless Americans.

Patrick Gottsch's journey began with a deep passion for rural life and a commitment to bringing its unique culture and stories to a broader audience. In 2000, he founded RFD-TV, the first 24-hour television network dedicated to serving the needs and interests of rural America. His innovative vision did not stop there. He expanded the Rural Media Group to include The Cowboy Channel, The Cowgirl Channel, and Rural Radio 147, each catering to specific facets of rural and Western lifestyles.

Under Patrick's leadership, RFD-TV became a beloved staple in many homes, providing a platform for agricultural news, rural lifestyle programming, and classic entertainment. The Cowboy Channel and The Cowgirl Channel celebrated Western sports and the equestrian world, reflecting Patrick's deep respect and admiration for these traditions. Rural Radio 147 brought a new dimension to rural media, offering round-the-clock radio programming that kept the heart of rural America beating with news, music, and stories.

Patrick's contributions went beyond media; he was a staunch advocate for rural communities, ensuring their voices were heard and their stories told. His dedication to preserving and promoting rural heritage has left a lasting impact on the industry and those it serves.

As we mourn the loss of Patrick Gottsch, we also celebrate his life and the remarkable legacy he leaves behind. His work has enriched the lives of many, and his passion for rural America will continue to inspire future generations. Patrick's vision and commitment have ensured that the spirit of rural life remains vibrant and accessible to all.

Rest in peace, Patrick Gottsch. Your contributions will not be forgotten.

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