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Western Belle named Western Music Association DJ of the Year

Barbara Richhart
Mancos, Colo.
Photo courtesy of Lori Faith Merritt. Barb Richhart (the Western Belle) of radio station KSJD, has been named the 2009 DJ of the Year by the Western Music Association.

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The Western Music Association, Inc., (WMA) held their 21st annual Showcase Awards Show on Novem­ber 19, 20, and 21, in Albuquerque, N.M. The finalists are recognized internationally.

Southwestern Colorado was well represented by both local artists and fans. This event is open to the public.

Barb Richhart (the Western Belle) of radio station KSJD, has been named the 2009 DJ of the Year by the WMA. She has been in the top three nominations for DJ of the Year for the past three years.

Barb said, “I am very humbled this year to come home with the honor of WMA’s 2009 DJ of the Year.

“I would like to thank you all for your support of our Cowboy/Western music. Thank you for listening and being a part of your Western Belle’s Cow Trails family. Tune in every Sunday from High Noon to 2 p.m. locally, or go to the broadcast stream at http://www.ksjd.org.

“Again, thank you for supporting KSJD, Your Dryland Community Radio. Please visit the website to learn more about the WMA, and to see a listing of all the winners this year. That site is http://www.westernmusic.org.”

Cowboy/Western music is a genre very dear to Barb Richhart, the Western Belle’s, heart. She loves the music about the people, places and times of the west. KSJD Dryland Community Radio has been home to the CowTrails show for the past five years.

KSJD Dryland Community Radio, with its home base at the San Juan Basin Community College campus, has also been in the top five contenders for Radio Station of the Year at the WMA awards. This year, for the second time, KSJD came in at fifth place for Radio Station of the Year.

KSJD, Dryland Community Radio, can be found at 91.1 fm in Cahone, Dolores, Dove Creek and Pleasant View; at 91.5 fm in Cortez and Towaoc; 88.9 fm in Rico, and 86.9 fm in Mancos.

Other awards given out at the 2009 WMA Showcase Awards Show included:

• Traditional Duo/Group – Sons of the San Joaquin.

• Female Vocalist of the Year – Juni Fisher.

• Male Vocal­ist of the Year – Bill Barwick.

• Traditional Album of the Year – Gone For Colorado, Juni Fisher.

• Instru­mentalist of the Year – Curly Musgrave.

• Cowboy/Western Swing Duo/Group – Asleep at the Wheel.

• Cowboy/Western Swing Album of the Year – Hang-n-Rattle, Wylie and the Wild West.

• Crescendo Award – Horse Crazy.

• Songwriter of the Year – Marvin O’Dell.

• Song of the Year – “Jesus and Roy” by Marvin O’Dell.

• Entertainer of the Year – Dave Stamey.

• Radio Station of the Year -Ralph’s Back Porch.

• Male Poet of the Year – Waddie Mitchell.

• Female Poet of the Year – Doris Daley.

• Best Collaboration of Poet and Musician – The Morning Dove, Les Buffham and Judy Coder.

• Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year – Beneath a Western Sky, Doris Daley.

• Cowboy Poetry Book of the Year – “Trail Mix” by Diane Tribitt.

• Bill Wiley Award – Ray Amerine, Owner of Rafter A Bar Ranch, Toronto, Kan.

• Yodeling Awards – (Youth) Naomi Bristow, (Male) Ryan Hildebrand.

• Harmony Awards – (Open Catego­ry) Journey West, (Duo) The Outlaw and Miss Devon, (Trio) Horse Crazy.

• Best of the Show – Prickly Pair.

• WMA Hall of Fame Inductees – Flying W Wranglers (original members), John A Lomax and Rich O’Brian.

• WMA President’s Award – The Silver Screen Cowboy Project, producer Marvin O’Dell.

The Western Music Association is a non-profit corporation, funded through the generous support of the western music industry. The Association strives to bring the ideals embodied in the Code of the West to everyone living in today’s society. The American Cowboy represents honor, integrity, respect and a love for mankind and the world in which he lives and works.

For more information please, call KSJD at (970) 564-0808, e-mail at onair@ksjd.org or visit http://www.ksjd.org.


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