Hugh McLennan - Voice of the Spirit of the West


Here's some of the many honours and awards
that have been presented to Hugh McLennan!


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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

Hugh and Billie with Hugh's Founders Award

Nov. 29, 2002

Canadian Broadcaster among several distinguished western personalities honored with a prestigious award

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 show.

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.

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Hugh and the Joe Marten Memorial Award

In 2008 Hugh received the Joe Marten Memorial Award for the Preservation of Cowboy Heritage in BC. This award was presented by the BC Cowboy Heritage Society at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival. Here's a quote from the BCCHS:

"Our western heritage is extremely important to Hugh McLennan, and he has been doing an incredible job of preserving it - through many different channels, and especially through his radio show, The Spirit of the West."

The Joe Marten Memorial Award
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In 2001 Hugh received the Will Rogers Award as Western Broadcaster of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists in Fort Worth, Texas. Hugh is with Dan Roberts who was named Entertainer of the Year!

  Hugh and Dan Roberts with the Will Rogers Awards
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Hugh being fitted with the Red Sash Award

The Charles Russell Historical Society bestows the prestigous Red Sash Award to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the enhancement of the culture and traditions of the North American West. Hugh was presented with this honor at the 2000 Kamloops Cowboy Festival!


At the 1998 Canada's Cowboy Festival, John Hill, manager of the Calgary Convention Center presented Hugh with their Bully Award for the Spirit of the West radio show. This unique bronze sculpture was created by western artist Wendy Liddle.

Hugh being fitted with the Red Sash Award
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Hugh and the 1996 CAMA Award

The Canadian Agri-Marketing Association has awarded "The Spirit of the West" radio program its Best of CAMA Award as the Best Agricultural Program on radio or television in 1996 and 1999 at its annual competitions.

Hugh and the 1999 CAMA Award
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Annual Spirit of the West Cruise!
Hugh and his wife, Billie, will enjoy warm days, the company of friends, fellow ranchers, and "Spirit of the West" listeners when they sail every January, to some lucious destination. Find out more on the Cruise Page!

Hugh McLennan, 2520 Hyas Lake Rd, Pinantan, BC, Canada, V0E 3E1   Phone or Fax: 250-573-5731

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