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Patrick Gottsch

Wrong Patrick Gottsch?

Founder and President

Local Address: Tennessee, United States
1 Valmont Plaza
Omaha, Nebraska 68154
United States

Company Description: Now, in its 8th year of broadcasting, RFD-TV proudly serves the needs and interests of rural America, horse lovers, farmers & ranchers with traditional,...   more

Employment History

  • Founder and President
    Rural Media Group , Inc.

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder


  • Sam Houston State University
  • Bachelor of Arts & Sciences degree , journalism & mass communications
    Creighton University
190 Total References
Web References
Nebraska State Fair, 15 Oct 2013 [cached]
According to Patrick Gottsch, Founder and President of RFD-TV and RURAL TV, "We couldn't be more pleased to be a sponsor of the Nebraska State Fair.
"SiriusXM's unparalleled ..., 20 Dec 2013 [cached]
"SiriusXM's unparalleled programming and easy-to-use technology has been embraced by rural consumers in their cars, pickups, and combines throughout Northa America," observed Patrick Gottsch, Founder of both Rural Media Group, Inc. and RURAL RADIO, LLC.
"The beauty of rural America in ..., 5 Oct 2012 [cached]
"The beauty of rural America in high-definition is stunning," said Patrick Gottsch, founder and president of Rural Media Group, Inc., owners of both RFD-TV and RFD HD.
Patrick Gottsch, founder and ..., 28 Dec 2013 [cached]
Patrick Gottsch, founder and chairman of Omaha, Neb.-based RFD-TV, said he offered $1 million to the PRCA for the broadcast rights for the NFR, considered the Super Bowl of rodeos. Gottsch said RFD-TV planned to broadcast 200 hours of PRCA content such as the NFR and other PRCA "Champions Challenge" events to 65 million homes.
Instead, the PRCA announced this month that it will pay CBS Sports Network to broadcast 48 hours of the NFR and other Champions rodeo events in 2014 and 2015. The CBS Sports Network's website said it's available to 96 million homes, but Gottsch disagreed and said the CBS Sports Network's reach is 53 million homes.
Gottsch learned RFD-TV's bid was rejected on Dec. 10 when PRCA Commissioner Karl Stressman announced during the 10-day NFR in Las Vegas that CBS Sports would broadcast the prized rodeo event, taking the reins from the Great American Country network.
With the PRCA considering moving the NFR from Las Vegas to central Florida in 2015 because of a more lucrative proposal from Osceola County, Gottsch can't understand why the PRCA would not accept a $1 million-a-year broadcast deal and instead choose a TV deal that requires the PRCA to pay for the event's broadcast.
"We really wanted it. We knew no one was paying (for the rights). It's so confusing," Gottsch said.
Gottsch said he spent two years assembling a business plan in hopes of acquiring the NFR broadcast rights.
Gottsch said he bought FamilyNet for $40 million in 2012 so that his Rural Media Group company, which includes RFD-TV, could broadcast PRCA events to urban markets in big cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.
Then in July, he bought Rural Radio, Channel 80 on SiriusXM, to broadcast rodeo and country lifetsyle programming on the radio.
And this month, RFD-TV made its debut at the NFR in Las Vegas and televised six hours of rodeo-related activities such as watch parties, buckle ceremonies and pageants every day.
Gottsch said Stressman informed him that Wrangler - a major PRCA sponsor - blocked the RFD-TV bid.
Gottsch said he was also prepared to use his RFD-TV to serve as an unofficial western sports channel to grow rodeo around the country.
"SiriusXM's unparalleled ..., 26 June 2013 [cached]
"SiriusXM's unparalleled programming and easy-to-use technology has been embraced by rural consumers in their cars, pickups, tractors and combines throughout North America," said Patrick Gottsch, Founder of Rural Media Group, Inc. and RURAL RADIO, LLC.
WATCH: RFD-TV Founder, Patrick Gottsch, and CEO/President, Randy Bernard, talk about our RURAL RADIO network on SiriusXM Radio: RuralTV HP Video - Verticle List
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