NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Not to brag, but one media outlet DID get it right. RFD-TV, Rural America's most important network, had it right all along. Launched 16 years ago with two charters - serving the needs and interests of rural America, while reconnecting rural and urban America - put this national cable network in a unique position to feel the pulse of a major demographic largely ignored by urban media and pollsters. In addition, while more and more channels and advertising agencies seem to only be valuing a younger audience, RFD-TV embraces and proudly has the oldest average age viewer of any Nielsen-rated cable network. RFD-TV's news department and Washington DC bureau took a different approach in covering this election cycle. We had no agenda. Viewers had no idea if we were Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative. Not one negative news story ran in our RURAL EVENING NEWS about any candidate. Instead, RFD-TV and RURAL RADIO's focus was solely on trying to address the real issues of most concern to the average American and the senior citizens that make up this great country. Our ground-breaking RURAL TOWN HALL, a one-hour primetime program produced throughout the Iowa primary season in conjunction with Mediacom Communications, invited each candidate to appear with only two ground rules: questions would only be asked about rural, agricultural, and senior topics, and they could not bad-mouth another candidate. RURAL TOWN HALL was a tremendous success, and recently won the 2016 CableFax award for Public Affairs programming. RURAL TOWN HALL's approach also gave us unfiltered insight into the mood in the Heartland. Questions were solicited, and asked, at each taping by representatives of livestock and grain associations, American Farm Bureau, the National FFA & 4-H Organizations, AARP, and others that use this network everyday not only to serve their members, but also to attempt to connect with urban viewers/listeners on the issues that should be important to us all: rural healthcare, rural development, rural education, the estate tax, and how we, as a civilization, are going to meet the challenge of feeding the projected nine billion people on this planet by the year 2050 with less land, less water, and more regulations.