Each week, Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Emmy Award winning Bluegrass & Backroads travels the back roads of Kentucky, to capture its rich agricultural heritage, its intriguing people and its unique locations.
Join Bob Shrader and Matt Hilton, as they search for unique stories in the Bluegrass State; discovering its people, culture and rural charm.
Robert “Bob” Shrader, a native of LaGrange, Ky., serves as video production coordinator for the communication division of Kentucky Farm Bureau.
As Video Production Coordinator he co-produces and hosts the organization’s weekly television program Bluegrass and Backroads. He also travels the state co-producing the monthly Kentucky Farm Bureau Reports, which is sent to all Farm Bureau county offices.
Mr. Shrader joined Farm Bureau following 20 years as president and founder of his own private video company, Louisville-based Multi-Video Productions. Prior to that, he worked as Manager of Audio Visual Development for Kentucky Fried Chicken, where he had the opportunity to travel with Colonel Harlan Sanders for two years and produced the primary 35 mm film documentary of Colonel Sander’s life.
Mr. Shrader has won numerous awards for his video productions, including seven Emmy Award nominations and three Emmy Awards, two Silver Louie Awards and five International Telly Awards. He was also recognized by the International Festivals Association for work with the Kentucky Derby Festival and by the International Television Association.
Mr. Shrader holds a BA degree from Western Kentucky University, with majors in Mass Communications and Speech. He has a daughter Rebecca, a son Rob and a dog named Victor.
Matt Hilton serves as a video production specialist for Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation.
As Video Production Specialist he co-produces and hosts the organization’s weekly television program Bluegrass and Backroads. He also travels the state co-producing the monthly Kentucky Farm Bureau Reports, which is sent to all Farm Bureau county offices.
Hilton came to Farm Bureau following a year and a half as news photographer at WLKY-TV in Louisville. He also served as photographer and production assistant with WKYU, a PBS affiliate in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Mr. Hilton has won numerous awards for his video productions, including eleven Emmy Award nominations and three Emmy Awards, as well as two AP news nominations from his work at WLKY.
He received a BA in television production from Western Kentucky University with a major in Broadcast Communications, and is a graduate of Trinity High School in Louisville.
Mr. Hilton, his wife Kasi, and their daughter Kylie and son Carter reside in Louisville.