Muscatine radio ag broadcasters inducted into Hall of Fame

Two long-time KWPC AM860 agriculture broadcasters, Max Armstrong and Tom Steever, were recently inducted into the National Association of Farm Broadcasters (NAFB) Hall of Fame.

During the 76th Annual NAFB Convention held in Kansas City, Missouri last month, Armstrong and Steever became members of the 2019 NAFB Hall of Fame.

Armstrong is known for the programs “Farm Progress America” and “This Week in Agribusiness” and as a writer for Farm Journal. In 2001, Armstrong was named Farm Broadcaster of the Year and was elected President of the NAFB in 2017.  Armstrong’s Farm Progress America can be heard every morning at 6:15 on Muscatine’s KWPC AM860 FM95.1.

Fellow inductee Tom Steever is an ag news Journalist for the Brownfield Radio Network, and can be heard regularly on KWPC, AM 860, FM 95.1. In addition to reporting ag related news, Steever has worked alongside KWPC, operating as guest moderator for the Semi-Annual Ag Roundtable.

“His enthusiasm for farm broadcasting and love for his craft has only grown in these past 16 years,” says Cyndi Young, Brownfield Director of Ag & Operations. “He is well known by his co-workers and those in the agriculture community for his calm demeanor, dry sense of humor and journalistic integrity. I am so very proud of him for receiving this well-deserved recognition.”

Steever joined NAFB in 1976 and has been member for 43 years. He has held several offices on the NAFB Board of Directors including president in 2012. He was selected as the NAFB’s Farm Broadcaster of the Year in 2017.

Steever will host a special year in review feature program: “Brownfield Ag News – Agriculture in 2019.”  The program to be carried on KWPC later this month is a look back at the top agricultural news stories and events from 2019.  This special program will air at noon six times, on Dec. 28 and 29 and Jan. 4, 5, 11, and 12.

The NAFB was founded in 1944 under the name National Association of Radio Farm Directors (NARFD). After adding television to their name in 1955 they became NATRFD, finally after 1964 the name was changed to NAFB to simplify the name. NAFB is dedicated to serving the Agricultural community through their member stations and networks.