The best-known agricultural broadcaster in the country, Orion Samuelson
has been heard over WGN since 1960 providing the Midwest farmer
with agricultural news and information.
Born on a dairy farm near La Crosse WI, Samuelson considered becoming
a Lutheran Pastor before deciding on six months of radio school
instead. He spent his first eight years in Wisconsin at WKLJ/Sparta
and later became program director for Appleton's WHBY. Prior to
being named farm service director for WGN, Samuelson served as farm
director of WBAY and WBAY-TV in Green Bay. Today Samuelson is heard
over a syndicate of 260 stations airing his National Farm Report
daily and with Samuelson Sez, a weekly series allowing
Samuelson to offer opinions and observations on the agricultural
community. Since 1975, he has produced and hosted U.S. Farm Report,
a weekly television program seen on 190 Midwest stations.
Samuelson has been the recipient of countless awards and honors
including the American Farm Bureau's Distinguished Service Award
in 1998; the National 4-H Alumni Award; and he is the only broadcaster
in the nation to recieve two Oscars in Agriculture - one each for
radio and television.
Orion Samuelson was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2003.
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