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Max Armstrong s broadcasting career began at age 11 when he strung an antenna wire from his bedroom window to a pole behind the chicken coop. That was on Jim and Stella Fay Armstrong s corn and soybean farm in Indiana s Wabash River Valley. Max turned on the transmitter he built from a mail-order kit, and WMAX was on the air. Its signal barely covered a quarter-mile, and who knows if anyone was listening, but the seeds were sown. Although WMAX didn t last long, Max has been broadcasting ever since. As a boy, Max dreamed of working at one of the big Chicago radio stations, a dream that came true at age 24. But he couldn t have imagined that his 40-year career would also mean originating broadcasts from every state and more than 30 countries. Whether traveling to big farm shows or to visit individual producers, Max got to know remarkable people with compelling stories of struggle and of triumph. And now and then, he bumped into one of those colorful characters with an infectious zest for life who just makes you shake your head and smile. As you read Max s warm tribute to the people he met and the places he went, a few words of caution: You may catch yourself smiling, and perhaps tearing up a little, and you may have trouble putting the book down. With a passion fueled by the lessons he learned on the farm, Max has become, as the cover states, one of America s favorite farm broadcasters as he advocates for the men and women who feed the world.
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For 31 years, Max Armstrong was on the air at WGN Radio and TV in Chicago where he teamed with Orion Samuelson as they covered agriculture s ups and downs. Since 2009, Max 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. Max co-hosts with Orion on This Week in AgriBusiness, seen across the United States each weekend via satellite on RFD-TV and on a network of terrestrial TV stations. Most Saturday mornings between 5 and 6 o clock Central Time, you can hear Max as he joins Orion on The Saturday Morning Show on WGN Radio. And you can find Max on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. After spending nearly 60 years as residents of the Heartland, Max and Linda moved to a small farm in North Carolina, where they enjoy being near their baby granddaughter.Review:
One of the absolute joys to come of my 38 years at WGN has been the chance to meet and work with Max Armstrong. It s no exaggeration to say Max is one of the nicest people I ve ever met in or out of our business. There s not a mean bone in his body, and that warm smile and the kind words with which he greets you brightens your day. I can think of few in the broadcast industry who are more articulate and better able to think on their feet and reach the public with greater impact than Max. It s an honor and joy to know Max, and it continues to be one of the highlights of my many years at WGN. --Tom Skilling
Max is a master of the art of storytelling, and I know you ll enjoy the stories and photos he shares in this book. --Orion Samuelson
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Book Description Bantry Bay Publishing, 2015. Hardcover. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0985067381