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Legendary Broadcaster Orion Samuelson to Retire
USAgNet - 09/28/2020

A farm broadcasting legend announced his retirement effective at the end of this year, ending an over 60-year career.

Orion Samuelson has been heard on WGN Radio in Chicago for decades. He also co-hosts 'This Week in Agri-Business' with Max Armstrong.

Samuelson’s commitment to agriculture has been recognized by organizations including American Farm Bureau Federation, the state of Illinois, University of Illinois, National Radio Broadcaster Hall of Fame and others.

"December 31st will be my last time on the air at WGN," Samuelson said. "I don't know how many broadcasters have been around for 60 or more years, so I don't know if it's that much of a milestone."

A native of Wisconsin, Samuelson was born on a dairy farm near LaCrosse, and got his start on radio stations in Sparta, Appleton and Green Bay. At age 26, Samuelson got the call to join 50,000-watt powerhouse WGN, where he began as farm director on September 26, 1960.

In addition to hosting his signature farm reports on radio and TV, and anchoring "The Noon Show" from 1960 to 2003, Samuelson emceed "The National Barn Dance" and read the first bulletin on the air of President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963.

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