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Published October 19, 2011, 10:37 PM

Beet Harvesters Beat Boredom With Radio Station Just For Them

A radio program out of Grafton is helping farmers and truck drivers during the busy harvest season. The Harvest Show on KXPO plays all requests each night as farmers work late hours to get their crops out of the field.

A radio program out of Grafton is helping farmers and truck drivers during the busy harvest season. The Harvest Show on KXPO 1340 AM plays all requests each night as farmers work late hours to get their crops out of the field.

Ryan Johnston started the Harvest Show in 1998 when he was just 17. The show came back to life in 2006 and Johnston says the show's unique format keeps it alive each night.

"And we'll just play whatever they want to hear, just do a request show all music oriented, and that's exactly what it is. There is no format. They can hear whatever they want," Program Director Ryan Johnston said.

That's right. All requests, all night. Which means quite a variety of songs are played.

"I know that they set out to stump me most of the time, and that's what I love. Sometimes I have to go to garage sales and find an old record to get some of this stuff, but I always say if I can find it, I will get it for you," Johnston said.

Johnston created the Harvest Show for those farmers and truck drivers working long hours during the season. He wanted to get away from a typical radio station format and offer some variety.

"The sugar beet harvest in this region is huge and it goes all night, and I know that, and I also know that they like their music. So I'm just glad that this station allows me to do that," Johnston said.

And over the years, Johnston's show has gained more listeners.

"They'll call in and say, 'Hey thanks for doing this show, you kept me up all night in the tractor.' Or the people that aren't even in the harvest they stay up, some people skip TV to listen to the radio and that doesn't happen very much anymore," Johnston said.

The show usually runs for about a month starting October 1st. You can hear it every day of the week from 6:30 p.m. to midnight.

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