Rodney Miller, featured in Rural Lifestyle Dealer's Selling the Rural Lifestyler column and also creator/host of RFD-TVs “Small Town Big Deal” welcomes Jann Carl as his new co-host of the rural lifestyle show. Carl, a former correspondent and weekend anchor for “Entertainment Tonight”, will soon join Miller, a long-time leader in the agricultural machinery industry, for the show’s weekly television episodes. “I’m trading in the red carpets of Hollywood for the green pastures of rural America and I can’t wait to get started!’, says Carl.
Miller’s new show Small Town Big Deal premiered in September 2012 on RFD-TV network, shining the spotlight on the innovative, interesting, and historic things happening in small town USA.
The two hosts are certainly a unique pairing, but they in fact share common backgrounds related to agriculture and the farm machinery industry.
In addition to her extensive hosting experience Jann Carl also brings to the show her background as a writer-producer, and to the surprise of many, she has a mid-western farm background as well. Her grandparents were dairy farmers, and her father was a sales and marketing executive with John Deere for 30 years. Her career has included positions as an Emmy award-winning reporter and news anchor for network TV stations prior to joining Entertainment Tonight where she was on-air for 13 years.
For 25 years she has been involved with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, hosting the Jerry Lewis telethon both locally and nationally, serving on its national board of directors, and as a vice president. Additionally, she co-executive produced the 2012 series “SOLD!” for The History Channel. While still in college at the University of Missouri Carl was selected as the Maid of Cotton, a worldwide spokeswoman for the United States cotton industry.
“The first time I saw an episode of Small Town Big Deal, I knew this was a show for me!” says Jann. “What Rodney and his team have created is a true celebration of America in all of its varied glory. It showcases the heritage of our nation, the power of its dreamers, and pays tribute to the unsung heroes. The stories fill us with pride, give us hope, make us laugh, and remind us that national treasures are often found where we least expect them.”
"Jann Carl brings tremendous TV experience, is well known nationally, and is truly a down to earth rural American girl,” says Miller. “I'm honored and humbled she believes in Small Town Big deal enough to want to partner with us. She will help take us to a whole new level of programming and notoriety, probably not attainable without her. I so look forward to working together."
A native of Benton, IL, Miller has served as the CEO of McCormick International, USA in Duluth, Georgia and had previously been CEO of Montana Tractors, a nationwide distributor of compact tractors and equipment, located in Springdale, AR. He still maintains an active farming operation in IL and GA and is an avid collector of antique tractors.
Small Town Big Deal airs on Thursdays at 9:30pm Eastern on RFD-TV.