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Tune in Saturdays 8am-10am and Sunday’s 8pm-10pm for Billy Parker’s Country Junction only on Big Country 99.5. 

Billy Parker is a native Oklahoman who grew up in country music, playing guitar and singing since age

11, and singing professionally since age 14. With many nationally charted record to his credit, he has

played and sung with the best of them: Bob Wills, Red Foley and Ernest Tubb. Mr. Parker has appeared

on the Grand Ole Opry, Hee Haw, and on the Nashville Network’s Nashville Now.

Mr. Parker began his radio career in Tulsa in 1959 at KFMJ and did radio and TV in Tulsa– with stops at

Wichita’s KFDI and Oklahoma City’s KLPR. Billy left Tulsa to become the front man for the Texas Troubadours,

backing band for the famed Ernest Tubb. While a Texas Troubadour, he toured continually and

worked with many of the greatest names in country music, including Bob Wills.

Tiring of the road, but continuing his country –music recording career, Parker joined giant KVOO in

1971. There, he began his ascension to country-radio superstardom. It did not take long for the industry

to notice either. In 1974, only three years after he had begun his radio show on KVOO, the Country

Music Association awarded him a Disc Jokey of the year honor. The next year, the Loa Angeles– based Academy of Country music followed suit, recognizing Parker as its Disc Jockey of year in 1977,1978,

and 1984. In the 90’s he was inducted into the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall Of Fame in 1992, the

Western Swing Hall Of Fame in 1993, and scored the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters’ lifetime

achievement award in 1995. Inducted in The Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame with Toby Keith and

Tommy Alsup.

 

Billy Parker appreciates and loves western-swing music and the people who made, and make it. His

love for KVOO does not only prove that, it also shows that this Hall Of Famer is a man who, after all of

his honors and achievements, remains a major force in country music.

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