Western Music Time with OJ Sykes
- Saturdays, 2:00pm–3:00pm
J. Sikes, historian and nationally syndicated reviewer of Western music whose work
appears regularly in "Western Clippings", "Rope Burns",
"The Western Way" and on a number of web sites. Beginning in 1982 and
continuing into the 1990's, he reviewed Western music, first for "Under
Western Skies", a film magazine, and then for "Song of the West"
magazine. His articles on Western music and its history, and other Western
topics, have also been published in all of these periodicals and in
"Cowboy" magazine, "American Cowboy" magazine and "Classic
Country & Western" magazine.
He has written liner notes for a number of CD's, including Gene Autry's
"25 Cowboy Classics", Rex Allen's "The Voice of the West", the
Cass County Boys' "Ride Ranger Ride", Monte Hale's "The Real
Monte" and others. He is also a frequent panelist at Western music and
O.J. enjoyed both western and country music as a small boy in N.C., and
later, in 1960, became a Sons of the Pioneers fan when he saw the group
perform in Colorado. In college in Nashville, he visited the Grand Ole Opry
frequently, where he was introduced to the music of Patsy Cline, Flatt &
Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Marty Robbins, and other legendary country
performers. These experiences became the roots of what became a life-long
In 2001, he began a radio show, "Western Music Time", which features
music and stories "from the days of the silver screen cowboys," and includes
contemporary Western music as well. The show reaches a wide range of
listeners, from office workers to truck drivers, from members of the armed
forces on duty overseas to wranglers gathered around a computer in the
bunkhouse. In 2010, “Western Music Time” was voted Show of the Year
by the members of the Western Music Association (www.WesternMusic.org).
He is currently serving with Johnny Western, Rex Allen, Jr., Roy Rogers, Jr.
and others on the Western Music Association's Advisory Board, and is a
member of the WMA's Hall of Fame selection committee.