Kent began his broadcasting career as a Top 40 disc jockey in 1972 for KRGI AM in Grand Island. After earning his Broadcasting Degree from Brown College in Minneapolis his television carrier began as Lead Forecaster and Sports Director for KXON-TV in the Mitchell, South Dakota on May 9, 1977. He also anchored Weather and Sports at KIFI-TV 8 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Moving back to Nebraska Boughton was Weather Director/Outdoor Editor for the former KHAS-TV near Hastings.
Briefly exiting broadcasting Kent was a LUTCF licensed insurance agent for James Green and Primark Inc. in Grand Island. After years working part time as a Rural Carrier Associate Boughton worked full time as a Regular Carrier for Rural Route 5 with the U.S. Postal Service in Grand Island prior to resuming his broadcasting career.
Kent returned to television at NTV in 1999 as fill in Weather Forecaster after Chief Forecaster Bob Geiger was involved in a near fatal car accident. Ironically Boughton was also in a near fatal car accident on May 4, 2009. Viewers sent over 1,500 get well cards and letters beginning a recovery that continues to this day.
Boughton produces the "The Outdoor Files" and "NTV's GROW Weather" both airing Sunday nights on NTV. Kent is Chief Forecaster for the First Alert Weather Team with weathercasts for NTV's First at 5, NTV News at 6 PM, Good Evening Nebraska at 6:30 PM, KFXL Nightly at 9 PM and NTV News at 10 PM. During the school year Kent presents the Outstanding Teacher Award for deserving educators throughout the viewing area.
Kent is the Nebraska Board President of the National Wild Turkey Federation, a Youth Mentored Hunting Instructor, Certified Fishing Instructor, Hunter Education and Field Instructor. Boughton has received Field and Stream Magazine's “Heroes of Conservation Award”, Safari Club International Educator of the Year along with Pheasants Forever and Ducks Unlimited Conservationist of the Year Awards. He is a Dads, Lads and Lassie’s Hunt-Hall of Fame inductee and past Grand Marshall for the Harvest of Harmony Parade. Kent has been the Stadium Announcer for Harvest of Harmony Stadium Band Competition since 1991.
Kent's hobbies include hunting, fishing, singing and collecting antique beer cans. Kent emcees for numerous civic and non-profit organizations. Talking to groups about the weather other passions include youth hunting and fishing seminars for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and conservation orginizations such as the NWTF and DU.
Kent and his wife Lori will celebrate 39 years of marriage on November 25th this year. Their daughter Nicole, son-in-law Donovan and grandsons Eli and Owen Anson live in Grand Island. Son Chad, daughter-in-law Jennifer have granddaughter Avery Marie and live on a farm near Grand Island.
Also living on a farm near Grand Island Kent has two Brittany Spaniels-Maude and Chase, a black lab Ursa and cats Snowball, Midnite and Little Gray Kitty.