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2017 Academy of Western Artists Western Trappings

Western Artist of the Year—Teal Blake, Benbrook, TX
Bit and Spurmaker – Jeremiah Watt, Coalinga, Ca.
Engraver- Wes Griffin, Katy, TX
Braider – Clint Haverty, Krum, TX
Bootmaker-Alan Bell, Abilene, Tx
Saddlemaker – Jesse Smith, Pritchett, Colorado
Don King Memorial Saddlemaker- Eddie Brooks, Spring Creek, NV
Garnet Brooks Chuckwagon- Breakaway Chuckwagon, Stamford, TX, Wilbur & Annette Wilson
Master Leather Artisan – Jim Jackson, Sheridan, WY
Buck Ramsey Cowgirl Poet-Carolyn Dufurrena, Winnemucca, NV
Buck Ramsey Cowboy Poet-Andy Nelson, Pinedale, WY
Radio Station- KSSL Lubbock, Tx
Disc Jockey-Ann Harwood Lucas of KCWM
Lifetime Achievement-Bill Mack
Elmer Kelton Book

21st Will Rogers Award Winners


This is a link to some of the photos Melissa Arnold took at the 21st Annual Awards.  If you want to use one, there is also a link to her email and website.  Thank you Melissa. As we get other photos, we will put them up along with the links.

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Steven Jeffers Photography:


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The Academy of Western Artists is proud to announce the following selections for 2016
Radio Station-KOOP, Austin, TX
Disc Jockey-Woody Adkins, KOPN, Columbia, MO
Buck Ramsey Cowboy Poet-Gary Robertson
Buck Ramsey Cowgirl Poet-Sandy Seaton Sallee
Elmer Kelton Book-Glen Sample Ely “The Texas Frontier And The Butterfield Overland Mail, 1858-1861
Engraver-John Mincer
Spur/Bitmaker-Gary Wiggins
Master Leather Artisan- Bill Gomer
Bootmaker-Lee Miller
Cartoonist- Lex Graham
Artist-Carrie Ballantyne
Saddlemaker-Bob Klenda
Braider-Billy Albin
Garnet Brooks Chuckwagon-Homer Robertson
Don King Saddlemaker Award-Chuck Stormes
Lifetime Achievement-Ray Odom
Memorial Tribute-Larry Scott
Pure Country Male-Artie Rodriguez
Pure Country Female-Lisa Layne
Pure Country Duo/Group-Jeff Woolsey and the Dancehall Kings
Pure Country-Album-Tommy Hooker “It Should Be Easier Now”
Pure Country-Song-Lorraine Chavana “Texas Honky Tonk
Western Swing Male-Greg Gibbs
Western Swing-Female-Katie Glassman
Western Swing Duo/Group-Jason Roberts Band
Western Swing Album-Timejumpers “Kid Sister
Western Swing Song-Paul Schlesinger “You Were Meant To Ruin My Dreams”
Western Music Male-Rex Allen Jr.
Western Music Female-Mikki Daniel
Western Music Duo/Group-Munsick Boys
Western Music Album-Ron Christopher “Into The West”
Western Music Song-Mary Kaye “Grit Grace And Bailin’ Twine
Young Artist- Leddy Bragg
Instrumentalist-Mike Sweeney
Appreciation Award-JB Taylor
Distinguished Service Award-Don Reeves
Living Legend Award-Roy Clark



22nd Annual Awards General Information

FT WORTH, TX-The 22nd Annual Will Rogers Awards will be held, Thursday,  March 15, 2018 in the Brown Lupton Ballroom on the campus of Texas Christian University. 2901 Stadium Drive, Ft. Worth, TX 76129. The AWA is a non profit 501 c 3 organization.  For sponsorship and program ads, please contact


We are proud to announce that Penny Gilley, star of RFD Television’s Penny Gilley Show will be the Mistress of Ceremonies for the 22nd Annual Academy of Western Artists “Will Rogers” Awards.

Tickets: $75 per person or $750 per table (seats 8 per table) After March 1, Tickets $100: Tables $950  Dinner: 6 PM Award Show: 7:00 PM

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The  Brown-Lupton Ballroom located on the third floor of the Student Union Building at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.   The Student Union is directly east of the TCU Football stadium and parking is just west of the Student Union.  There is a drive around in case you want to let people out and park.  There are elevators inside the Student Union to take you to the third floor and the ballroom.  Please consult your GPS and computer for exact directions to the Student Union. If you are interested in performing on the Awards or during the dinner, please contact the AWA at No decisions will be made until the first of the year.

*All tickets will be held at the door, none sent out.

*Unfortunately, we do not accept credit cards.

*Tickets after March 1, 2018 $100

*No tickets after March 10, 2018

*The award show lasts around 2 1/2 hours.

*Open seating unless table is purchased

*Plated meals

*Cash bar

*No tickets will be sold the night of the event and must be purchased by March 8, 2018. Tickets after March 1, $100. * To purchase tickets through Pay Pal, go to  the website  22nd Annual Award Pay Pal Tickets on the left side of the screen.  To purchase tickets by mail send to AWA Tickets, P O Box 35, Gene Autry, OK 73436

*TCU is located in the southwest cultural part of Ft. Worth, with many museums close by including the Ft. Worth Zoo, National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, Texas and Southwest Cattleraisers,  Amon Carter and other interesting things to see.

*The Ft. Worth Stockyard is also an interesting tourist site with many things to see and do. It is located north of downtown Ft. Worth

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LOCATION: HOST HOTEL: The Host Hotel is the Radisson Fort Worth North Fossil Creek Hotel. It is located at 2540 Meacham Boulevard, Ft. Worth, TX 76106. It is a couple of miles north of the Stockyards area on Interstate 35 W. Room rates are $92 per night until February 13, 2017. Their phone number is 800-333-3333. Please mention the Academy of Western Artists to receive the discounted rate.  They do have a limited number of rooms set aside for us, after that it is the full rate.  Please book your rooms early for discounted rate.


Wednesday night jam will be held at the Lil Red’s Longhorn Saloon in the Stockyard area of Ft. Worth and hosted by Billy Bowles.

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Disc Jockey List

This Disc Jockey list is a collaborative list of the Western Music Association, the Academy of Western Artists and various other lists. We thank everyone for their help. If incorrect information is found, or stations need to be added, please send to  When sending out emails to all the disc jockeys since March we’ve found that some are incorrect as the emails were returned.  If you see a misprint or incorrect entry please inform us @

NEW LISTING (10-28-2018)    


KBEF WS PC HD Ainsworth                                                                                                                  410  Lake Shore Drive, Minden, LA 71055                                                      318-518-1541                                                   Mark Chreene                                                                   

If you copy this list, please list the Western Music Association and the Academy of Western Artists.

WM-Western Music
WS-Western Swing
PC-Pure Country
DJs play primarily this type of music, but best to contact them to make sure.

Woody Adkins PC-WS
915 E Broadway
Columbia, MO 65201

AG & Kate
Allegheny Mountain Radio
P O Box 23
Buckhannan, WV 26201

HD Ainsworth
410 Lake Shore Drive, Minden, LA 71055
Mark Chreene

Dave Alexander WS PC
KKUS 104.1
210 S. Broadway
Tyler, TX

Bill Anderson KWKZ
753 Enterprise St.
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703

Joe Angel
P O Box 1085
DelValaley, TX 78617

Mark Aulabaugh WS PC WM
KSEY FM 94.3
#1 Radio Lane
Seymour, TX 76380

Waynetta Ausmus WM
PO Box 294
Tom Bean, TX 75489

Michael Babiarz
KVMR Community Radio 89.5FM
401 Spring St.
Nevada City, CA 95959

Marshal Allen Bailey
High Plains Public Radio
210 N. 7th St.
Garden City, Kansas 67846


B-I-G Fresno Barndance WS PC
Cattie Ness & Johnny B
P O Box 4206
Fresno, CA 93744-4206
Facebook: the big Fresno barn dance

Joe Belinski WS PC
PO. Box 68
Mingus, TX 76463

Bobbie Jean Bell
22508 6th St.
Newhall, CA 91321
“Campfire Cage” with host Gary Holt

Herb & Shirley Bell
KRRM 94.7
225 Rogue River Hwy
Grants Pass, OR 97527

Skip Bessonette & Butch Martin
“Whittler’s Corner”
KRRM, Rogue River, OR
KBNH, Burns, OR
1410 Kubli Rd.
Grants Pass, OR 97527

Art Bohman
KSUU – 91.1 FM
107 N. 1150 W.
Cedar City, UT 84720

Robert Booth
General Manager – WOPP
1101 Cameron Rd
Opp, AL 36467

Katt Boskovic (DJ Katt) PC
Independent country “outlaw”
Ohio, Outlaw of OMCRN
(330) 522-4046

Billy Bowles WS PC
P.O. Box 817
Sundown, TX 79372

Ted Branson PC WS
1817 Madison Ave.
Austin, TX 78757

Dominique Brette
09 Rue Jean Catelas
78210 Sant Cyr L’e

Janice Brooks PC WM
170 Jodon Ave
Pleasant Gap PA 16823

Dodie Brown
10027 Corral Gate Lane SW
Albuquerque, NM 87121
Len Brown
P O Box 2116
Austin, TX 78768

Peter Bruce
Flagstaff Country FM 93.5/AM 930
KAFF Radio
1117 W. Route 66
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Mike Carr PC WS WM
Hondo, TX

Bryan Chalker
57 quarry Rock Gardens, Calverton
Down Bath BA2 2HG, Someset UK

David Chamberlain WRFG
4502 Lake Ivanhoe Dr
Tucker, GA 30307

Chuckaroo the Buckaroo
KPOV Radio, 106.7 FM
22470 Rickard Rd.
Bend, OR 97702

Kay Clement KHNS
P O Box 370
Haines, AK 99827

Ronnie Cook
”The Prairie Wrangler Show”
22750 Sagebrush Ln.
Colorado Springs, CO 80928

Don Cooper
KOVE 1330AM/107.7fm
2530 Main St
Landry WY 82520

Mike Crow PC
KTFW-FM92.1 115 W 3rd St.
Ft. Worth TX 76102

Tim Cutforth
965 S. Irving St.
Denver, CO 80219

Mike Day
KTNK P.O. Box 606
Lompoc, CA 93438.

Jan Dale PBSFM
PO Box 2303
Brighton North Vic

Steve Donofrio
6380 Alspaw Rd.
Harrisburg, MO 65256

John Erfurth
Buckaroo Man Radio Show
KPFZ 88.1 FM
9679 Tenaya Way
Kelseyville, CA 95451

Nancy Flagg WM-WS
“Cowboy Tracks”
KDRT 95.7 FM live
Internet streaming at
1623 Fifth Street
Davis, California 95616

Clif Freligh WS
Music Coordinator
2503 Evita Way SW
Albuquerque, NM 87121

Ray Funk KUAC
PO Box 72387
Fairbanks, AK 99707

Tim Garmon
915 E Broad St, Box 64
Texarkana, Arkansas 71854

Rockin’ Therapy Radio
Miguel A. Diaz Gonzalez
avenida galtzaraborda n 47 2 A
20100 renteria
Guipuzcoa, Espana

Mike Gross WS
15 Nina’s Way
Manchester, CT 06040
“Swingin’ West”
Plays primarily western swing and more band-oriented western material
Jay D Ham
305 W Emerson
Garden City, KS 67846

Greg Harness
KRBX Radio Boise
1020 W Main St #50
Boise ID 83702
“Ramblers’ Retreat”
Wednesday, 6-8am Mountain, 89.9 FM

Steve Harrington
P. O. Box 803
Show Low, AZ 85902

Sam Harris
CVFM Country
4 Shadforth Close
Old Shotton Village
Peterlee Co. Durham SR8 2NG

Ann Harwood WM WS PC
KCWM 1460
Hondo, TX

Steve Hathaway PC WM WS
KKUP FM 91.5/
1522 Ardmore Avenue
Modesto CA 95350-4104

Trooper Jim Hawkins
WGWD FM 93.3
P O Box 2392
Havana, FL 32333

Paul Hazell
PH Records
Royal Mail Building (PO Box 3)
Brambleside, Bellbrook Industrial Estate
Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 1XX
United Kingdom
“Paul Hazell’s World Of Country”
Uckfield FM (in the UK)
Telephone: +44 7775 545 902

Corey Hickenbottom
405 North 2 nd St.
Fairfield, IA 52556

Darwin Lee Hill
316 Main St, Suite 5
Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601

Randy Hill WS
Western Swing Time Radio Show
P.O. Box 17264
Salem, OR 97305

Larry Hillberg
Back Roads
P. O. Box 445
Colfax, CA 95713

Cary Hobbs
KTMP – Heber City, Utah
131 Ryans Lane
Midway, UT 84049
(435) 654-6666

Roy Holly
San Antonio, TX

Jamie Hoover KSUT
5623 Front Ave #102
Ferndale, WA 98248

Rick Huff
Not a Disc Jockey, but does music reviews for WM and WS music
P O Box 8442
Albuquerque, NM 87198
Include product cost plus shipping and listing a terrestrial source for obtaining the product is highly recommended in addition to online availability.
Submission does not guarantee that a review will be done. Completed
(unautographed) cover art must accompany the submission. Predominantly gospel products are not reviewed.

Judy James WM
Cowboy Jubilee with Judy James
Western Heritage Radio
PO Box 953
Weatherford, TX 76086

Music Director
PO Box 1501
Bisbee, AZ 85603

Larry W Jones
Kingwood Kowboy Kountry Korral
3800 Pike Rd #26104
Longmont CO 80503
(Prefers music be sent digitally)

Music Director
P O Box 1501
Bisbee, AZ 85603

Kenton, Wild Bill WM-PC
Boots 101,
3055 Sovereign Dr.,
Cincinnati, OH 45251

Al Krtil
”Early Morning Trails”
225 W. 7th St.
Ship Bottom, NJ 08008

Jarle Kvale
KEYA Public Radio
PO Box 190
Belcourt, ND 58316

Graham Lees WM WS
Radio HWD
13 Overthorpe Ave.
Dewsbury, West Yorkshire WF120DS
United Kingdom

Eddy Leverett
c/o Campfire Productions
1623 Co. Rd. 820
Cullman, AL 35057
Around the Campfire


Jim Loessberg WS PC
Legend Radio
Round Rock, TX

Wyn Machon
5 Lowther St.
Oamaru 9400 New Zealand

Barbara Martin WS
Not a Disc Jockey-
Publisher/Editor of Western Swing Monthly

Enola Gay Mathews KSST  PC WS WM
P O Box 284
Sulphur Springs TX 75482

Bill McCallie
Cowboy Jubilee Radio Show
PO Box 8063
Chattanooga, TN 37414

Dallas & P.J. McCord
30 Village Dr.
Creswell, OR 97426
KNND 1400AM Sunday’s 1PM to
to 4PM
Cowboy Culture Corner

Hugh McLennan WM
McLennan Ranch
2520 Hyas Lake Rd.
Pinantan, BC, Canada VOE 3E1

Rod Moag (WS)
KOOP Radio
6909 Mirnda Dr.,
Austin, TX 78752

Gary Mortenson (WS)
KEOS 89.1
7903 Drummer Circle
College Station, TX 77845

Andy & Jim Nelson WM
Clear Out West
Box 1547
Pinedale, WY 82941

Skeebo Norris KBAL WS PC WM
7058CR 124
San Saba, TX 76877

Marvin O’Dell WM WS
”Around the Campfire”
KKRN (Redding, CA)
3714 Eldorado Blvd.
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Bob O’Donnell
The Western Jukebox 2
1028 N Borner St #119
Prescott, WI 54021

Obie Obermark KNON
5353 Maple St
Dallas TX 75235

Lillies Ohlsson
Bennerstigen 120
SE 733  95  SALA (Silver City)

Laurel Paulson-Pierce
KROV Crossroads Show
P. O. Box 4201
Yankee Hill, CA 95965

Steve Peters
WOTR 96.
300 Harison Ave
Western, WV 26452

Tracy Pitcox KNEL (PC WS)
1701 S. Bridge St.
Brady, TX 76825

Don Powell
123 SE Rockwood Avenue
Bartlesville, OK 74006

Odessa Pritchard PC

Ralphie’s Radio (WS)
68848 1st St
Edwardsburg, MI 4912

Chuck Ramsey WS PC
KSEY, Seymour, TX
2617 W Eubanks
Oklahoma City, OK 73112

Randy Ray
PO Box 524
Andrews, TX 79714

Alan Reynolds WS PC
WOX Radio 91.3
1306 Route 3
Halcott Center, NY 12430

Tom Kerlin & Uncle Rich
Horsetown South Western Music Show
120 Village Circle
Senoia, GA 30276

Barbara Richhart (WM)
Western Belle of KSJD
CowTrails Show
32229 CO RD P
Mancos, CO 81328
Studio: Sundays 12:00-2: PM
Studio 970-564-0808
Home: 970-882-1413
Cell: 970-739-8408

Rockin’ Ritchie Ritch (Ritchie Ritchison) WM WS PC
2479 Murfreesboro Rd
Suite #106
Nashville, TN 37217
615 471-1247

Tony Rose
603 Brandonbury Drive
Valparaiso, IN 46383

Jim Russell
919 North Main St.
Cleburne, TX 76033
4302 Callfield Rd
Wichita Falls, TX 76308

Becca Salamone
Alabama Horse Talk Radio
PMB 144
60 Chelsea Corners
Chelsea, AL 35043
Phone: 205-677-6070

Facebook: Alabama Horse Talk

John Schmitz (WS)
KZUM 1920 C St.
Lincoln, NE 68502

O.J. Sikes (WS WM)
327 Westview Ave.
Leonia, NJ 07605
KKRN-Redding, CA

Totsie Slover
Real West From The Old West
AM 1230 KOTS Radio
220 S. Gold Ave.
Deming, NM 88030

Red Steagall’s WS WM
Cowboy Corner
P.O. BOX 136639
Fort Worth, Texas 76136

Pepper Stewart
Texas Ranch N Rodeo Weekly
P.O. Box 38
Celeste TX 75423

Don Sticksel
2932 S Hacourt Ave S
Los Angeles, CA 90016

Eric Swansick
Back at the Bunkhouse
13800 NE Merchant Rd.
Carlton, OR 97111

Steve Tidbury PC WS WM
Flat 3 Block 3
Aveley Walk
Reading Berks
United Kingdom RG2 OAP

Tommy Tucker WM
Snake River Radio Roundup
KRLC Radio
805 Stewart Ave.
Lewiston, ID 83501
”Keepin’ It Western”

Harvey & Me’lissa Turnbow
High Mountain Commnunity Radio
PO Box 807
505 Burro St., Suite 13
Cloudcroft, NM 88317
Listen live:

Sam Upshaw KEUX (PC)
3780 West State Hwy 6
Dublin, TX 76446

Big Fred Walker
2101 Cook Rd
Owasso, MI 48867

Tom Wardle (Pure Country ONLY)
659 Haycock Run Rd
Kintersville, PA 18930

Leonard Werner
Country Routes
WDVR FM 89.7 & 91.9
PO Box 191
Sergeantsville, NJ 08557

Sharon Wiggins
Wiggins-Smith Promotions
WFRG Atlanta 98.3
PO BOX 160
Villa Rica, GA 30180

Scott Wilke
4127 Cedar Run Rd
Traverse City, MI 49684                                                          

Lee Williams
51 union st fairnborough hamb
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John Wooley (WS) KWGS
P O Box 133
Foyle, OK 74031

Welcome to the Academy of Western Artists

The Academy of Western Artists is a 501 (c) (3) organization whose mission is to promote and preserve, not only our western past, but also our contemporary western future. We are in our 22nd year of the Will Rogers Western Awards recognizing the best in western artists in three disciplines: Trappings, entertainment and media.

The Academy of Western Artists is well aware that it will never be the top entertainment event of the world, but is aware that it continues to recognize those individuals and groups who do have that possibility.  We encourage the youth of America and those unknown voices and talents out there to strive to do their best to improve their art and craft and to leave the world a better place than when they found it.  It almost appears that the “pop” music is striving to see how low it can go, and the AWA hopes, that through what it does, we continue to have morals and values, seemingly going against the norm.  If that is what you are looking for to promote your art, then you definitely are in the wrong place.

The Academy of Western Artists is a small group of folks whose agenda is to recognize and promote those western artists who do excellent work. In the 21 years of its existence, over 700 well deserving individuals and groups have received a “Willie” statue. The award, in many fields, is the most recognized and prized recognition of their work. Since its inception, there have been numerous other award type shows and we welcome each and every one of them. It is nice to be rewarded, by others, for what you do, which is the reason for this type of show. Please send in your sumissions of  those folks whom you want to recognize as doing good for others and the promotion of the western heritage.  Go to the page for submissions to send in your choice.  You do not have to be a member to nominate or to win an award.

For more information: email Facebook Academy of Western Artists.