As “The voice you know and the news you trust,” Ohio Ag Net can be most easily identified by our outstanding broadcasters. However, one key person on the team is the unspoken glue of our network. Beth Carper controls the traffic for Ohio Ag Net’s over 60 affiliates. In charge of network traffic, Beth maintains the relationships with stations to assure insertion orders and payment are processed and rapport stays strong. Always a team player, she also helps out with copy editing for Ohio’s Country Journal.
Beth began working with the Johnson family in 1989 as a receptionist during her time at The Ohio State University. Beth Ann, as the late Ed Johnson always referred to her as, went on to become administration assistant to the sales team, traffic manager, and then became Ed’s personal administration assistant. As Ed’s assistant, Beth ran all of his scheduling and engagements. She especially loved organizing “Country Kitchen Live,” which was a series of food shows that aired on Ed’s TV show Agri Country.
Beth’s organized nature and ability to keep tabs on everything makes her the perfect person to control network traffic, but there is another side of her that the team greatly appreciates. Serving as the in-house head chef, Beth prepares most of the food from scratch for our Feeding Farmer days and other events that include lunch. The staff has even been known to make up occasions that will encourage her to cook because everyone enjoys her food so much. As a self-proclaimed cooking snob, she loves to bake prepare food, especially any type of Mexican food. Beth is most famous for her delicious potato salad but is sure to never reveal her secret ingredient.
“I don’t know where she buys it because it’s the best potato salad in the world!” Bart Johnson, owner of Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net, joked. “I have known Beth since we were in college. She is a very caring and thoughtful person. I consider her a friend much more than an employee.”
Her systematic approach keeps the radio boys in line and on task.
“Beth keeps us on the road,” said Ty Higgins. “She is the tread, and she isn’t afraid to tell us when we are getting a little sideways. She is one to speak up and will be sure to tell us if something is wrong.”
Living on a farm in Delaware county, Beth and her husband Mike raise Shorthorn cattle on their cow/calf operation. Together they have three daughters: Lauren, Jennifer and Marla and five grandchildren. They are a family that loves their Buckeyes, the Reds, showing cattle and watching softball, especially when Marla is playing.
With her heart of gold, Beth warms up a room when she enters and is always willing to help and assist wherever needed. She may not be one to step into the limelight or grab a microphone, but Beth is a key player in the Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal team.