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Dec 14, 2018

On this special edition of The Extension Files, we have a chat with one of our own. Richard Baker, like us, works in the Department of Communications and Agricultural Education – but not for much longer. After 41 years here at K-State, Richard is retiring.

He’s been a mainstay on Kansas radio since the late 1960s, working at several commercial stations before coming to KSAC in 1977. After the college radio station, which was later known as KKSU, went away in 2002, Richard continued to produce his weekly radio program, Perspective, and also began a new chapter as a professor, teaching ag communications.

For this episode, we turned the tables on this longtime interviewer and asked for HIS perspective on a number of topics. We trace Richard’s colorful career history and look even farther back to that of the K-State radio station. We talk about the changes in the media landscape, the value of responsible information sharing – something that’s central to K-State Research and Extension – and … we just get to sit at the learning tree of someone who’s spent a lifetime talking with researchers, politicians and world changers.

You can listen to Richard’s Perspective program – which is wrapping up its run at the end of December – at http://perspectivepodcast.net.

The Extension Files is a product of K-State Research and Extension, which is Kansas State University’s outreach and education system. We have an office in every one of Kansas’ 105 counties.

The goal for K-State Research and Extension is to be everyday Kansans’ trusted source for relevant, unbiased research and information to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future.

In Kansas, extension agents’ expertise and deep network of connections cover a wide array of topics:

  • food (from livestock and crop production to preparation and preservation)
  • families and community
  • 4-H youth development
  • finances
  • health in all stages of life
  • gardening
  • landscaping
  • … and much more

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