- Bob Miller, director of the farm
department at WLW-AM for 35 years, died Tuesday
of cancer at Hospice of Cincinnati. He was 87.
Through his reports
broadcast from a spread in Mason called
"Everybody's Farm," he kept Ohio farmers abreast
of the latest agricultural techniques and
technology. They thought so highly of the
programs that the farmers used to say if Bob
Miller said it, it must be true, according to
Mr. Miller's wife, Dorothy.
He was so influential
that the dean of agriculture at
Ohio State University dubbed him "Mr.
Mr. Miller broadcast
his morning show from sites around the farm,
including the milking parlor and the hen house.
Then, he delivered his noon report from a small
white studio on the farm.
"Because of his skills
and experience, he was able to be a wonderful
spokesman to and for the farm community," said
Bill Myers, who worked for WLW from
1952-1982. "Bob was there at a time when WLW was
a very strong influence in the farm community.
The farmers got a lot of information off that
radio station. Bob was certainly a key factor in
providing information that farmers needed. The
farm department made a lot of money because of
the huge sponsorship, because of the power of
the station and the quality of the information.
It was relied upon and trusted."
Purchased by Powel
Crosley Jr. around 1940 as a place to try out
equipment, fertilizer and seed, Everybody's Farm
was a working farm of several hundred acres.
It demonstrated the
latest agricultural techniques and was visited
by thousands of schoolchildren and farmers
Mr. Miller also hosted
a Saturday morning TV show called "Farm Front"
on which he conducted interviews with farmers
who were using new farming techniques.
Mr. Miller's influence
was felt beyond
Ohio. He accompanied U.S. Secretary of
Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson on a trade and
goodwill tour of
Philippines, Australia and New Zealand in
He also reported on
Peace Corps agricultural projects in Africa and
Central America and donated fees from
speeches to the Peace Corps to build a school in
Mr. Miller was invited
White House to meet presidents Truman,
Nixon, Ford and Carter.
Robert Ceylon Miller
was born July 23, 1919, in
Litchfield, Ohio. He graduated from
Ohio State University with majors in
rural sociology and rural economics in 1943.
He served as a Navy
lieutenant junior grade on the USS San Francisco
World War II. He joined WLW after his
discharge in 1946.
Mr. Miller was inducted
Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame and the
Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame. He was also
inducted into the National Association of Farm
Broadcasting in 1989. He was a member of the
U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to his
wife, survivors include a son, Van Miller of
Maineville; two daughters, Kathlyn Bork of
Aurora, Ohio, and Holly Ruff of
Maineville; eight grandchildren and three
A celebration of Mr.
Miller's life will be 2 p.m. Sunday at
Sharonville United Methodist Church, 3751 Creek
Road. Refreshments will be served afterward in
the fellowship hall. Mr. Miller's body was
Memorial gifts are
suggested to Media Heritage Inc.,
Voice of America Museum,
8070 Tylersville Road, West Chester, OH 45069