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Kansas Profile – Now That’s Rural: Tad Felts – Tad Poll

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Tad Felts from Phillipsburg, Kansas.

By Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University.

Listen, I hear a Tad Poll. No, not a young frog. I hear a radio program called the Tad Poll which one legendary broadcaster has been doing for decades in rural Kansas. It’s today’s Kansas Profile.

Tad Felts is news and sports director at radio stations KKAN and KQMA in Phillipsburg. He has had an incredible career in community radio.

Tad has rural roots. In 1933, he was born at Oakley, a rural community of 2,106 people. Now, that’s rural. Tad’s family moved to Garden City where he grew up. When he was eight, Tad’s father was tragically killed in a hunting accident. Tad’s mother went to a typing class at Garden City Community College and got a job to raise her son. “I learned a strong work ethic from her,” Tad said.

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