Excitement beams from Ty Higgins’ face when he starts to see dust flying across a farm field. Ty has over 16 years in the radio business under his belt, but still approaches each new season with curiosity to meet and track down the story of the person who is kicking up that dust. As Director of Broadcast Operations and Farm Broadcaster for Ohio Ag Net, Ty broadcasts the afternoon programs and market close, leads commercial production, shoots and edits video, and provides stories to Ohio’s Country Journal and ocj.com. He also provides about 15 programs for the Kentucky and Tennessee Ag Nets.
“I don’t always know who I will meet when I jump into a tractor, but after a Cab Cam or impromptu visit, I never forget any of the outstanding individuals whose stories I am honored to share,” Ty said.
Ty’s career has really come full circle in the last couple of years, and he couldn’t be happier. His quest for radio really began after his 11th grade speech teacher had him start reading the morning announcements and eventually announcing at high school athletics events. Ty soon enjoyed his place behind a microphone and took an internship with WRFD radio right after his high school graduation. After a month of interning, Ty was promoted to farm broadcaster while still a student at The Ohio State University. He worked nights and weekends for about a year, learning the trade of broadcasting by doing it. When a position opened up at K95, Ty began a few grunt jobs with the station while continuing his farm broadcasting position with WRFD. Ty stepped down from WRFD when he accepted a full time on-air DJ position with K95. He started as the night DJ, then middays, transitioned to mornings, and eventually afternoons. The opportunity to work all shifts gave Ty a broad understanding of the radio industry, which is a great asset he brings to the Ohio Ag Net team.
After 12 years with K95, Ty came back to the agricultural industry as a producer for the ABN network. In 2010 Ty joined the Ohio Ag Net team and stepped back in to his broadcasting roots.
Radio stations no longer have studios like they used to, which has allowed Ty to do something most parents can’t — have a full time job and still help get his kids on and off the bus each day. Ty resides in Powell with Angela, his wonderful wife of 11 years, and their two children Paige and Calvin. Ty loves that he has the opportunity to work from home, but this change in office location meant he needed to create a home studio. In a house full of Higgins kids, his only option was to convert a 6-foot by 8-foot interior closet into his studio. After carpeting the walls and hanging a few posters, Ty’s “Cloffice” was born. The Ohio Ag Net team may give Ty a hard time for his home studio, but this Dad couldn’t be happier with his arrangements.
“Ty is a successful professional, who put’s great focus on being a great dad. I admire his great balance,” said Matt Reese, Editor for Ohio’s Country Journal. “I know I can rely on Ty to get to the heart of a good story, and he has a great eye for identifying news and pertinent issues.”
“Many don’t know that Ty had a really successful career in country music, even hosting his own morning show. He brings a great understanding for radio to our team, as well as a strong background of agriculture,” said Bart Johnson, Owner of Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal.
Ty’s caring and eager personality had led him to become the “Swiss Army Knife” of the Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal team. Ty is always willing to fill in and help out wherever needed because he enjoys the people and community of the agricultural industry.
“Each farmer’s philosophy is different, but their goals are the same,” Ty said. “I really enjoy finding out why they are in this crazy business.”