Chad C Smith is an old dog learning new tricks

Hi there… My name is Chad Smith.

This long-time broadcaster is learning that journalism is a changing field, and it’s branching out in new and very exciting ways.

My love for sports as a child led me into the broadcasting field at the age of 18, when I went off to college at Southwest Minnesota State University to study Speech Communication with a Radio/TV broadcasting emphasis.  About halfway through the program, I picked up my first professional radio job at KMHL radio and never looked back.  22 years in radio as a sports play-by-play guy, a Farm Director, and an occasional news reporter taught me how to tell stories to listeners.  995 games broadcast taught me how to organize my thoughts and paint pictures with words.  Farm broadcasting taught me how to take complex subjects and break them down for the listeners, and in 2012, I was named the Minnesota Farmers Union Farm Broadcaster of the Year.

Here I am, sitting at the microphone for KLGR Radio in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, during the morning show, and evidently, I was pondering something deep (Photo by Laura Olson of KLGR Radio)

Here I am, sitting at the microphone for KLGR Radio in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, during the morning show, and evidently, I was pondering something deep (Photo by Laura Olson of KLGR Radio)

But the times have begun to change.

Out of radio in 2012, I suddenly found myself called “overqualified” by potential employers.  It was time to upgrade my skills, so I swallowed some pride, and went back to school.

I love a good story, and the Master’s Degree Program in New Media Journalism at Full Sail University has given me a way to continue to tell stories about what’s going on in the news to the people that need to know it.  My news website is called Field to Field, and I’ve got options I didn’t have before regarding news coverage.  The combination of text, audio, and video gives me a wide range of options in bringing the news to my readers.

My hard work appears to be paying off.  I’ve written some freelance articles for a couple of different agricultural newspapers.  I’ve done a few for Midwest Producer out of Tekamah, Nebraska, as well as Agri News in Rochester, Minnesota.

With apologies to WKRP in Cincinnati TV show, my trip “town to town, up and down the (radio) dial,” began in eastern South Dakota.  I grew up in the tiny town of Castlewood, and spent my teenage years working on my uncle’s dairy farm, as well as helping out with their construction company too.  I didn’t always like getting up so early and working hard, but it does teach you a work ethic that will take you a very long way in life.

Here I am, courtside during a Redwood Valley playoff basketball game at Southwest Minnesota State University’s gymnasium, in Marshall, Minnesota (Photo by Laura Olson of KLGR Radio)

Here I am, courtside during a Redwood Valley playoff basketball game at Southwest Minnesota State University’s gymnasium, in Marshall, Minnesota (Photo by Laura Olson of KLGR Radio)

In my professional radio life, I bounced from Marshall, Minnesota, to Watertown, South Dakota, and back to Minnesota radio in Redwood Falls.  I’ve interviewed a wide variety of people, including professional athletes and coaches, congressmen, senators, the current Secretary of Agriculture, and covered so many topics way too numerous to mention.  I was invited by the Minnesota Soybean Growers to travel with them to California on what they call a “See for Yourself” trip.  I covered the group as they explored agriculture and shipping businesses around the Los Angeles and Long Beach areas.  I put together news reports and sent them to various news outlets literally all over the country.  I would say the highlight of my years was the Farmers Union award as their Farm Broadcaster of the Year winner in 2012, which validated all the years of hard work I put in to improve at my craft.

I really do love to talk about the what’s going on in the world, and I’d love to hear some different perspectives on what’s happening.  I also need some feedback, as I want to continue to improve on what I’m doing. Contact me at one of the following places:

Email: ChadSmith1@fullsail.edu

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