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 as working part time as a Rural Carrier Associate Boughton worked full time as a Rural Mail 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 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 in 2009.
Boughton produces the "The Outdoor Files" and "NTV's GROW Weather" both airing Sunday nights on NTV. Kent heads up 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 and NTV News at 10 PM. His weathercasts can also be seen on KFXL Nightly at 9 PM. During the school year Kent presents the Outstanding Teacher Award for NTV and KFXL FOX Nebraska.
Kent is the Nebraska Board President of the National Wild Turkey Federation, a Youth Mentored Hunting Instructor, Certified Fishing Instructor, Hunter Education Instructor and Field Instructor. Boughton has received Field and Stream Magazine's “Heroes of Conservation Award”, Safari Club International Educator of the Year, Pheasants Forever and Ducks Unlimited Conservationist of the Year.
Kent's hobbies include hunting, fishing, singing and collecting antique beer cans. Kent emcees for numerous civic and non-profit organizations. He has presented and volunteers for youth hunting and fishing seminars with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, National Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever and Ducks Unlimited. This October will be the 26th Anniversary as Announcer for the Harvest of Harmony Stadium Band Competition
Kent and his wife Lori will celebrate 38 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, Little Grey Kitty and Gandalf.