Several years ago this radio thing began as a respite from other radio 'careers' and from my full time back-breaking career as a full time farrier ( I actually had a young lady ask "what is a farrier?" the other day! Can you believe that???) and so now at this juncture i find myself wondering where the heck the time went and howcome all this has grown so much. All I wanted was to have a place to play WESTERN music and enjoy myself! Shoot in the early days it wasnt even a talk show, just a show and since I owned an online local classifieds website, many was the day in which I read classified ads onair, to the undying amusement of many, many people.
I would read ads for 'Truck for sale. No windsheild, no motor, no tires, no wheels. In good shape!" & "1 milk cow for sale, good for milking once a week, not good for eating as is too skinney" People seemed to like these and just to give my voice a rest now and agian I had some WESTERN music cd's laying around and began plaing them and I began to get emails encouraging us to play more WESTERN music so we did and then this radio thing took off and kinda wrapped itself around our hearts.
On January 1 two years ago we were hanging around the office thinking up mischeif and i said something to the effect, "I'd give a dollar bill if I could CALL western artists and bug 'em!" Tamara mentioned that, although I couldnt call out....others could call IN....and the little cartoon lightbulb went off over my head! Tamara and I both enjoyed talking to people, well, to be fair about I love bringing people's emotions and passions to a boil and watching what spills over the kettle, so I ran for the nearest phone and dialed the first person I could find who was a western artist.
I often wonder what would have become of us and the Back Porch if that guy hadnt answered. Fletcher Jowers DID answer. On New years Day, of all things and he was cordial, not rude and promised to come on the show. I was green as new grass ran though a young cow! I had no idea what to ask these people but my instinct told me to ask them real stuff, not the made up scripted schlock I had heard on other shows and had been forced to ask in other radio venues.
Fletcher has yet to come on the show. I know why. I certainly didnt impress the guy! But........I called the Gillette Bros in Crockett, texas and during the conversation Pip Gillette mentioned he could call Don Edwards and ask if Don wanted to say a few words and so....I asked THE Don Edwards what he sang in the shower.
The rest is, as they say...history! we have had a two year run on this show, Ralphs Back Porch and we've had a lot of fun! We've talked to hundreds of major WESTERN stars and had the opportunity to do live remotes from the Western Music Association get together in New Mexico and several other wonderful cowboy gatherings, rodeos, & festivals.
We've made some people mad (wicked chuckle here) we've made people sad and happy and joyful and we've done good and sometimes we've sucked at all this but overall it's been a few laughs and a lot of work and we are looking forward to many years on the radio in some form broadcasting WESTERN music, cowboy poetry and havin fun!
Thanks for tuning in, yall!
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