Legendary agribusiness broadcaster Orion Samuelson to retire in December

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue issues proclamation honoring Orion Samuelson

Big O’s Big Impact: Scholarship benefiting University of Illinois College of ACES students

Leave a message of congratulations for Big O on the Salute to Orion Samuelson voicemail line presented by Gary Lang Auto Group

Send an e-mail of congratulations and well-wishes to Orion with the Orion Mailbox presented by Illinois Pork Producers

On September 26, 1960, Orion Samuelson joined WGN Radio. From hosting the WGN Radio Barn Dance to breaking the news to Chicagoans of the JFK assassination. From meeting with government officials and dignitaries around the world to serving as a mentor to young men and women preparing for careers in agriculture. From providing decades of information and analysis to the farming community to reminding city dwellers that “if you eat, you’re involved in agriculture.” Orion Samuelson, the “American Farmer’s Best Friend,” is a legend whose career is likely never to be duplicated.

Check back here regularly over the next several months as we add more memories.

Thanks to Steve Alexander, Marlene Wells, Hannah Harlow and Anna Roberts for their help gathering items for this feature.