His love of agriculture led Lawrence “Buck” Clausen to a careers as a milker and milk tester, a high school agriculture instructor, farm tour guide and for more than 30 years the farm news director of KTUR/KCEY in Turlock.
The affable ag teacher came to California in 1928 after obtaining a degree at Kansas State University. He became an ag instructor at Turlock High School in 1936 and retired from teaching in 1972. His second career as a radio farm reporter began quite by accident in 1955 when KTUR radio station manager H.A. McMillen met Buck at a turkey show banquet. McMillen talked him into doing a farm show on the station for 30 days to see how it was received. He ended up doing it for 31 years until 1986.
In later years Clausen also did a weekly Future Farmers of America radio program for the station which by that time had changed their call letters to KCEY. Clausen liked to interview people involved with local and national agriculture and carried a tape recorder to get the interviews on the air If it happened in agriculture Clausen was there to get the story.
Clausen was born February 5, 1907 in Alton, Kansas and passed away in Turlock on December 30, 1999 at the age of 92. His wife Martha preceded him in death in March 1999.
L. M. "Buck" Clausen KTUR/KCEY Farm Reporter
Buck Clausen around 1998
Credits and Sources
Turlock Journal newspaper
Len Mendonca, Turlock, CA.
Joe Nunes, Turlock, CA
KTUR/KCEY studios on Quincy Ave. in Turlock built in 1949.