CHICAGO (AP) — Legendary farm broadcaster Orion Samuelson has been appointed to the Illinois Racing Board.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the six-year appointment on April 11.

The board regulates horse racing in the state, including issuing licenses, setting racing days and rules. The raising and breeding of horses for the industry is considered important agricultural work in the state.

Samuelson is heard six days a week on WGN Radio in Chicago, where he has been agribusiness director since 1960. He is heard daily on his syndicated National Farm Report and Samuelson Sez commentary programs.

He is the first farm broadcaster to be named to the National Radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

The post pays $12,527. The Senate must consent to the appointment.

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