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This profile was last updated on 6/1/06  and contains information from public web pages.

Member

Local Address: Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Country Music Disc Jockey Hall Of Fame
 
Background

Employment History

  • Singing Cowboy
    KAUS
  • DJ and Part Owner
    KFDI
  • Youngest DJ and Singer On American Radio
    Billboard
  • American Radio's Youngest Disc Jockey and Singer
    Billboard
  • Actor

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Academy of Western Artists Awards
148 Total References
Web References
Monterey County Herald | 06/01/2006 | Saddle up!
www.montereyherald.com, 1 June 2006 [cached]
"In this album, 'Way Out Yonder,' you will find some of the finest voicing and writing of Jack Hannah since they first started recording," said Johnny Western, a member of the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame and The Western Music Hall of Fame.
Scott O'Malley & Associates - Artist Representation
www.somagency.com, 11 Mar 2006 [cached]
Johnny Western, member of both the Western Music Hall of Fame and Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame, writes: "When the late King of the Cowboys Roy Rogers said The Sons were the closest thing to the legendary Sons of the Pioneers (which he founded), he knew of what he spoke.
Johnny ...
crbdemo.broadjam.com, 3 July 2011 [cached]
Johnny Western Country Radio Broadcasters
Country Radio Broadcasters
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Johnny Western Johnny Western (born: Two Harbors, MN Oct 28, 1934) is an accomplished actor, performer and songwriter who got his start on, and currently works in, radio. Western decided to be a singer on his fifth birthday, when his parents took him to see a 1936 Western called Guns and Guitars starring Gene Autry. For his 12th birthday, he received a guitar and a year later he joined a trio which was hired by KDHL Faribault, MN in 1949. In addition to singing, he acted as a DJ and host, introducing live and recorded Country & Western music. He earned a mention in Billboard magazine as the youngest DJ and singer on American radio. In 1953, he joined KAUS, Austin, MS and became a singing cowboy on its sister station. KMMT-TV. In 1954 he moved to Hollywood and earned a place in Gene Autry's band, replacing Johnny Bond. as a guitarist and singer. After Autry retired from performing, Western did a pilot for a series called Pony Express which, in turn, led to appearances in more than 30 other television shows (including Gunsmoke) and several feature films, including The Dalton Girls, Fort Bowie, and Gunfight at Dodge City. In 1957, a new series called Have Gun, Will Travel went into production Western was cast in a small role in one episode, and while working on the show he composed a song about the series' hero, Paladin. "The Ballad of Paladin" was adopted as the show's closing theme. He joined Johnny Cash's band as a singer/guitarist band for six years, playing rhythm guitar on recordings such as "Johnny Yuma, The Rebel," and "The Little Drummer Boy," among many others. Western was also befriended by Marty Robbins who later participated in Western's recordings.
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Johnny Western was inducted into the Country Music D J Hall of Fame is 2000. He is currently heard on KFDI "The Ranch" from 11:00 to 4:00 pm daily.
Journal Broadcast Group > All About Us
www.journalbroadcastgroup.com, 5 April 2010 [cached]
After more than 60 years in the industry, Johnny Western announces his retirement | Read More » Journal Broadcast Group > All About Us ALERT! We've revised our Privacy Policy and TOU. Click here for information.
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After more than 60 years in the industry, Johnny Western announces his retirement
Wichita, Kan. - Between hosting his own full-time radio show as a teenager in the 1940s to being named 2008 Disc Jockey of the Year and marking his 60th year in radio in 2009, Johnny Western's career reads like a true American celebrity success story. On April 10th the legendary DJ and country music star will take his final on-air bow as he retires from radio.
"We consider it an honor to have worked with a legend-a true Country and Western icon. Johnny is the greatest storyteller and joke teller; he makes us laugh every day and we're sure going to miss him," said Eric McCart, Journal Broadcast Group vice president and general manager - Wichita Operations.
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Western received his first guitar when he was 12 and was singing and playing on the radio by the time he was 13. By 1949 he had his own full-time radio program on KDHL in Minnesota and was dubbed the youngest DJ in the U.S. in commercial radio by Billboard Magazine. At 16 he recorded his first release, "The Violet and the Rose."
Put under contract by his idol, Gene Autry, after graduation, Western was featured in several movies between 1957 and 1959. Signed by Autry's agent after Autry retired, Western then did a pilot for a series called "Pony Express," was cast in five feature western films and appeared in 32 episodes of televised westerns.
Through writing the monthly column "The Filmland Horseman" for "Western Horseman" magazine, Western befriended many of the biggest TV and silver screen cowboy legends like Ben Johnson, Clint Walker, Dale Robertson, Jim Arness, Richard Boone, Hugh O'Brien, Steve McQueen and Chuck Conners.
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Western joined KFDI-AM (now KFTI-AM) as a disc jockey in 1986, bringing his first-hand knowledge of the business and the stars to his daily broadcasts. In addition to quickly becoming a listener favorite in the market, his innate talent and showmanship-combined with a legendary history-led to numerous honors: induction into the TV Theme Hall of Fame in 1993, induction into the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame and America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000, and induction into the Western Music Hall of Fame in 2001. That year he also received what is considered the ultimate honor for a cowboy showman when he was inducted into the Western Music Association Hall of Fame.
In 2003, Western received "The Cowboy Spirit of the West" award from The National Festival of the West. In 2004 he was honored with the Western Swing Music Society of Kansas "Hall of Fame" Award. Two years ago, in the 59th year of his on-air career, Western was voted 2008 Disc Jockey of the Year by the Western Music Association. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award last September-his 60th year in the business-during the annual Cowboy Symposium.
"On behalf of all of the employees of Journal Communications and Journal Broadcast Group, we say thank you to Johnny Western for an inspirational career in country music and country radio. We have been the beneficiaries of his dedication to the industry.
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"Johnny has been an important part of the country music landscape not only in Wichita, but around the world.
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Western admits that retiring from radio comes with mixed emotions.
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During this, his last week on-air, Western can be heard during his normal time slot on AM1070 the Ranch (KFTI-AM): Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. He and his wife plan to move to Arizona to be closer to family, and Western will begin another packed concert tour schedule in June when he performs at the Memphis Film Festival.
Yodeling Queen Janet McBride - 2007 Notes from Janet
heroeswest.com, 23 Dec 2007 [cached]
Lynn Anderson's name speaks for itself, Johnny Western wrote and sang the theme songs for the character "Paladin" in Have Gun Will Travel, and so many other western theme songs.
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Yes, Johnny Western is the man in black. Really nice fella.
He was the front man for Johnny Cash for over 30 years. He is a DJ/part owner of KFDI in Wichita KS.
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