Max Armstrong has said his broadcasting career began at age 11 on his family farm in Indiana’s Wabash River Valley. The youngster strung an antenna wire from his bedroom window to a pole behind the chicken coop, turned on the transmitter he built from a mail-order kit, and WMAX was on the air.
Although WMAX is long gone, Armstrong is still broadcasting, both on the radio and television, more than 50 years later. This award-winning farm broadcaster will share his expertise and insight on our industry as the keynote speaker during MFA Incorporated’s annual meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 28.
Armstrong now co-hosts This Week in AgriBusiness with Orion Samuelson on RFD-TV and other stations, and the pair team up for The Saturday Morning Show on WGN Radio. He and Samuelson previously covered agriculture’s ups and downs for WGN Radio and TV in Chicago for more than 30 years.
Since 2009, Armstrong has been with the Penton Farm Progress Companies, where his duties include producing and hosting daily reports on Farm Progress America and Max Armstrong’s Midwest Digest. He has originated broadcasts from all 50 states and 30 different foreign nations
A 1975 graduate of Purdue University, he has twice received the Oscar In Agriculture and has been awarded the highest honors by the National Agri-Marketing Association, the American Agricultural Editors Association and the National Association of Farm Broadcasters.
Armstrong and his wife, Linda, now live on a small farm in North Carolina near their grandchildren.