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Johnny Western


Country Music Disc Hall of Fame

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Country Music Disc Hall of Fame

Background Information

Employment History

Youngest DJ and Singer On American Radio


American Radio's Youngest Disc Jockey and Singer


DJ and Part Owner


Member, Staff


Celebrity DJ




Academy of Western Artists Awards

Web References (153 Total References)

Monterey County Herald | 06/01/2006 | Saddle up! [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 [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.

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Johnny Western Country Radio Broadcasters

Country Radio Broadcasters
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.
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.

Blazin Western Music Legend to Appear in Cottonwood [cached]

Johnny Western will visit Blazin´M Ranch in Friday, April 29, 2011 Blazin Western Music Legend to Appear in Cottonwood

Sedona Verde Valley Tourism Council, Arizona (USA)
Cottonwood, AZ-"Have Gun, Will Travel" ranks among the best western TV shows of all times, thanks in no small part to the theme song, "The Ballad of Paladin."The evocative song's originator, music legend Johnny Western, will visit Blazin' M Ranch on Friday, April 29, 2011
Anyone who's ever imagined being a cowboy has the music of Johnny Western woven through his dreams.Elected to the Western Music Association Hall of Fame in 2001, Western's career began at the age of 13 on the radio; he is acclaimed by Billboard magazine as American radio's youngest disc jockey and singer.

TODAY'S KFDI-FM 101.3 [cached]

Wichita Radio icon Johnny Western is retiring. The last show for Johnny will be on KFDI's sister station, AM1070 The Ranch on Saturday from 10a to 2pm. After that show, Johnny is hanging up his headphones to move to Mesa Arizona, where many of his children and grandchildren live. Johnny has been a part of Wichita's rich country music history since 1986 when he joined the KFDI staff.

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