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Bob Lind, Published May 10 2011

Lind: More details on past radio show

In 1979, WDAY Radio carried the 5,000th broadcast of a five-minute early morning show titled “This Business of Farming.”

Its moderator: Dave Bateman, who had been with the program since it started 19 years earlier.

This comes up because Neighbors carried an item from someone recalling hearing Dave on the air for many years.

Chuck Humphrey, formerly of Fargo and now of Pocatello, Idaho, writes that Dave’s wife, Ruth, worked in the agriculture communication department of North Dakota State University, and Chuck was her boss for about three years.

Both Dave and Ruth died years ago.

Their daughter Murtha was Chuck’s classmate. They graduated from NDSU in 1964. She married Fargo native Richard Kaercher, who became a career Air Force officer after getting his commission from the NDSU Air Force ROTC. The Kaerchers now live in Cedarville, Ohio.

The Batemans’ son S. David Bateman III was a delegate to Boys Nation in 1963, the same year future President Bill Clinton was there, and is in the background of a picture showing young Clinton shaking hands with President Kennedy. David and his wife now live in Anchorage, Alaska.

Chuck said that although Dave and Ruth were natives of Arkansas, they always considered North Dakota their second home.

He says he hopes to see Murtha when their NDSU class holds its 50th reunion in 2014.

If they do, maybe they’ll reminisce about the days Murtha’s dad talked about this business of farming on WDAY for many years.


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