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Vail Appointed at NAFB

Broadcast vet replaces Bill O’Neill

Mark Vail is the new executive director of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting.

He replaces Bill O’Neill, who is retiring.

Vail has 30 years of broadcasting experience in a variety of roles, in front of and behind the mic.

He has been an on-air broadcaster, general manager and director of operations. Those positions generally were farm and news-related or at farm market stations. Vail has worked at KOLM(AM) and KROC(FM), Rochester, Minn., and KTTC(TV), also in that market. He is perhaps best known for his work with Eagle Communications and its “AgriTalk” show, which Vail co-created.

Vail has a lengthy history with the NAFB, including president in 1989 and national vice president in 1988; he has volunteered in a number of NAFB support and promotion aspects. He has served on the NAFB board and most recently the NAFB Bylaws Audit Committee. He has received the NAFB’s Dix Harper Meritorious Service Award.

NAFB President Greg Akagi said, “Mark has truly done it all for NAFB, and his knowledge and experience will give the organization a strong voice for many years to come.”