Al Gustin – Farm Director, KFYR and KBMR Radio, Bismarck Al Gustin has been involved in farm broadcasting since the late 1960s. He served as Farm Director for KFYR Radio and TV in Bismarck from 1970 until 2002. In September of 2002, he moved to Pro Radio in Bismarck. Since April of 2004 he has been Farm Director for Clear Channel Radio’s Bismarck stations -- KBMR and KFYR. His farm news programs can also be heard on KLTC Radio in Dickinson and KCJB in Minot. Al’s job involves the gathering, preparation, editing and delivery of farm news and market programs. Those programs have made him a familiar face and trusted voice in farm homes across the region. Al was born in 1947 and raised on a diversified Morton County farm. He remains an active partner in that farm, which is now owned and operated by his brother. Together they raise small grains, row crops and hay and run a 230-cow herd of registered Gelbvieh cattle. Al began his broadcasting career in 1967, while attending North Dakota State University in Fargo. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from NDSU in 1969. Al Gustin is the “dean” of farm broadcasters in the region. His job has taken him across the country and around the world, reporting from trade missions to Egypt and Jordan in 1976; and Japan and China in 1983. In addition to his broadcasting duties, Al writes a monthly magazine column. He has spoken to many farm groups from local 4-H and FFA meetings to national conventions. Al Gustin’s commitment to agriculture has not gone unnoticed. He has twice received the coveted Oscars in Agriculture for the best television farm programming in the nation. He received the 2004 Shepherd’s Voice Award for Broadcast from the American Sheep Industry Association. HeHe was named Communicator of the Year by the National Association of Conservation Districts in 1985. He received the Honorary American FFA degree in 2001 and was selected 2002 Agriculturalist of the Year by the NDSU Saddle and Sirloin Club. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences enrolled Al in their 2003 “Silver Circle” for lifetime contributions to the television industry. In 2004, Al received the “Pioneer Award” from the North Dakota Broadcasters Association. Al and his wife Peggy have three daughters and five grandchildren.
Al Gustin receiving a 40-year Certificate and Pin from the National Association of Farm Broadcasting in 2009.