The Spirit of the West is available at no cost to local radio stations.
For more information contact Hugh McLennan at the info provided below.
This is not broadcast quality but you can listen to a
"Spirit of the West" Demo in
a "Streaming MP3" format.
The organization West Quest has named Hugh McLennan the 2008 American Cowboy
of the Year to commemorate the National Day of the American Cowboy, July 26,
2008. You can hear West Quest Founder Dr. Walter "Chic" Bishop making the
announcement in this mp3 soundfile:
2008 American Cowboy, and read the
Press Release here as a PDF
or here as a Word.doc.
March 2008 The Joe Marten Memorial Award for the preservation of Cowboy
Heritage in the province of BC was presented to Hugh at the 2008 Kamloops
Cowboy Festival. See details below
2002 Founders Award for outstanding contributions to the values of
the North American West
2001 Will Rogers Award as Broadcaster of The Year
1999 Red Sash Award from the Charles Russell Historical Society
1999 Best of CAMA award for best agricultural program in Canadian Radio or Television
2002 Founders Award
Nov. 29, 2002
Canadian Broadcaster among several distinguished western personalities honored with a
Lubbock Texas: Kamloops area rancher and broadcaster Hugh McLennan was among the notable
individuals gathered at the National Cowboy Symposium Sept. 5 for the annual Cowboy Culture
Awards show at the municipal Auditorium at Texas Tech University.
McLennan, along with his wife Billie, was presented with the Founders Award by
historian, author and co-chairman of the awards Dr. Walter Bishop of Litchfield Illinois.
A carefully selected group of individuals and corporations who in the view of the committee
have contributed significantly over their lifetime to Western Heritage and Cowboy Culture
are honored at the ceremony each year.
Some of the individuals joining Hugh and Billie in the list of 2002 recipients were Actor
James Drury, star of the TV Series "The Virginian", Roy Rogers Jr, (Dusty) Rogers, and Dale
Warren who celebrated 50 continuous years with the Sons of the Pioneers.
A partial list of past recipients includes Ian Tyson of Longview Alberta, Richard
Farnsworth, Roy Rogers & Dale Evans, Rex Allen, Gene Autry, Ben Johnson and John Wayne.
The sold out audience of over 3000 enjoyed the music of the legendary Sons of the Pioneers
between presentations and another Canadian featured prominently in the evening. Eli Barsi
received a standing ovation for her emotional rendition of God Bless America to close the
The award is a beautiful pewter sculpture of a working cowboy with rope in hand and the
remuda in the background, on a solid oak base and backing. The depiction was created from
a painting by famous Western Artist Tom Ryan of Midland Texas. The recipient's names are
permanently etched into the base.
Hugh's weekly syndicated radio show "The Spirit of The West" is heard across a network of
stations in Western Canada and 5 U.S. states. This is another in a long list of honors
and awards the show has received.