Bakken has had a hand in almost all of the significant local programs Pioneer has produced over the years, including Funtime Polka, Prairie Sportsman, Country Spires and Postcards. “There are always lots of interesting people, places and things to cover at Pioneer,” said Bakken. “I have had to learn all aspects of television production -- the videography, editing, graphics, lighting and audio,” he continued. “It is not your typical 9 to 5 job and it is a really creative environment.”
One of Bakken’s career highlights includes a trip in 2007 to South Africa to document the efforts of southwestern Minnesota farmers to help African farmers get on their feet after the fall of apartheid. Bakken also produced the definitive video biography of country music legend, Sherwin Linton. He was the creator of the popular new Grassland Jam music program and he was the first Pioneer employee to direct a live gubernatorial debate from Pioneer’s new mobile studio that was broadcast nationwide on C-SPAN.
“It has been a long road,” said Bakken as he reminisced about his early days as an employee with General Manager, Ansel Doll. “He was a visionary who got a lot of things started,” Bakken said. “What is great about Pioneer is what it was, what it is and what it can be.”
“Pioneer has thrived because of employees like Tim who are dedicated and have given their all to this station,” said Pioneer’s President and General Manager, Les Heen. “We are grateful for his exceptional service for such a long part of Pioneer’s history.”
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