Orion Samuelson, the beloved farm broadcaster, retires today from a landmark 60-year career at WGN — marking 68 years in farm broadcasting.
At WGN, he created original television programs such as “U.S. Farm Report” in 1975 and “This Week in AgriBusiness” in 2005. He’s originated broadcasts from all 50 states and 44 countries. But mainly, he’s told agriculture’s story from downtown Chicago, where he became a media icon and a beloved hall of fame broadcaster.
This fall, Prairie Farmer got to catch up with Samuelson to talk about his career and see how he still gets it done — even from home, even in a quarantine. Check out the slideshow for a look at the master at work in his home office, and these links for a look at words, photos and video about his life and career:
‘The Voice of Agriculture’ retires
How Orion became beloved in agriculture
What Orion means on the farm
Max on Orion: Champion for the American farmer
Orion Samuelson: Explaining agriculture to Chicago