Ag21 is hosted by Dianne
Finstad. She's been at RDTV for over twenty
years, serving as the agriculture director. Dianne also now
co-anchors RDTV's nightly newscast, the Newscrew, with Alan Redel, who's
a farm boy himself, from Consort.
The farming way of life has
been important to Dianne, right from the start. She grew up on a ranch
south of Manyberries, not far from the Montana border. Throughout her
school years, she was active with 4-H beef projects, trips and public
speaking. That's where her interest in broadcasting first began to form.
Following high school, Dianne made her career choice and enrolled in the
broadcasting program at Lethbridge Community College. After graduation,
she got her first job reading news at a radio station in Taber, 50
kilometres east of Lethbridge.
Dianne moved from Taber to Red Deer in September of 1981 to take on the
task of agricultural programming for CKRD, then a joint television and
radio operation. When the two entities became separately owned, Dianne
stayed with the television end of the business. That's when farm
programming grew from a weekly episode of the show, plus a nightly
segment on the newscast...to a full half hour Monday to Friday.
Growing out of Dianne's commitment to rural life is her love for the
sport of rodeo. She helped initiate, and hosted, the program called Makin'
8 which for seven years helped to bring pro rodeo to fans across the country. It's
a behind-the-chutes look at a variety of Western Canadian rodeos,
included the season end finale, the Canadian Finals Rodeo.
Makin'8 past episodes are still running on the Lonestar Channel.
Dianne is also very involved in her community. She acts as master of
ceremonies for dozens of events every year, ranging from livestock shows
to charity banquets. She has receive a number of professional and person
awards over the years. She's been named an honorary member of the
Alberta Institute of Agrologists and a "Distinguished Alumni"
In 1997, Dianne finally took time from her busy schedule to get
"hitched", complete with a horse drawn stagecoach! She and her
husband Ron Harder live in the country and are involved with volleyball,
curling, golf and church activities.