Radio Pioneer George Cecil Biggar Dead at 90

Pioneer radio broadcaster and former Laguna Hills resident George Cecil Biggar has died at a North Dakota nursing home at age 90.

Biggar, who died March 19, was a resident of Leisure World from 1966 to 1981.

His broadcasting career began in 1924 at radio station WLS in Chicago. Biggar, who had a master’s degree in dairy farming and economics from South Dakota State University, used that background to develop weather and farm market reports for his rural audiences.

At WLW in Cincinnati, he started several on-site farm broadcasts, including a program from the station’s own 137-acre farm.


Biggar later was considered an authority on folk, country and Western music because of his years as a program director and general manager at various stations in Indiana and Iowa.

He moved from Orange County to West Covina and then to North Dakota in 1983.

Biggar, a widower, is survived by daughter Elizabeth Hare, sons George C. Biggar Jr. and Gordon V. Biggar, 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.