Hoot Owl – Jim Jefferies  M-F 5:30a-10a

Hoot enjoys the finer things in life, but also appreciate the simple routines that make life so rich. He loves to perform music on stage, make people laugh and laugh at people.  (He got that from his mom.) He’s athletic and tries to keep in shape.  Hoot likes to get his hands dirty.  Hoot has a very sensitive nose, loves the smell of decaying leaves on the forest floor, Gain detergent, an ocean shore, a striking match, coffee brewing, fresh cut grass, an elegant perfume, burning sage, the smell of a baby's head. Awwwww!

Hobbies: My family and dogs...playing music, I'm a sax player...teaching middle school and high school kids sax and clarinet...collecting hats and caps...auto racing...yard work and gardening and collecting cacti and succulents

Favorite Artists: George Jones, Brooks and Dunn, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Merle Haggard, Connie Smith, Montgomery Gentry, Hank Williams Sr. 

Favorite Moments in Country Music: Garth Brooks World Tour Concert...seeing one of Ray Price's last concerts...playing the National Anthem on my sax before a concert with Janie Fricke...seeing Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Ray Price together during their "Last of the Breed" tour...hanging out with Vince Gill. 

What Most People Don't Know About Me: I got my "Hoot Owl' moniker from and in honor of my dad, Jack, in 1974. He worked overnights from 12am to 8am at the Wabash Generating Station for Public Service Company of Indiana and they used to call that "The Hoot Owl Shift", so starting out in radio overnights made perfect sense to call myself "The Hoot Owl". 

 

Joe Diffie M-F  10a-3p

Tulsa native and country music legend Joe Diffie hosts mid-days on Big Country 99.5!

Joe recalls the first time he heard his music on the radio was on Big Country sister station, KVOO.

“When they played ‘Home’, that’s when it hit me that I was on my way,” says the Grammy winner, whose debut single went straight to #1. “I’ve wanted to try my hand at voice work for a while now, so when Big Country approached me to host, it seemed like the perfect time and the perfect place. It’s even better that they’re allowing me to do it remotely so I can continue to tour as much as ever.”

The influence of his music continues to be felt in hit song homages from Jason Aldean (“1994”) to Chris Young (“Raised On Country”). But he’s especially proud to be coming home as an announcer/DJ on Big Country 99.5.

“Whether I’m home in Nashville or on the road, it’s so awesome to know that my mom and family back home can listen to me every day,” Joe said.

 

Tanner Messer M-F 3p-7p

I am a born and raised Okie! I grew up in Owasso and went to college at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee.That’s where I got my start in radio, working for a station down in Oklahoma City. I love Green Country and country music, so I am right at home! When I’m not working, you can find me out on Skiatook Lake fishing.

Hobbies: Anything outdoors! #1 is fishing, and I also enjoy hunting when it's too cold to fish. When I'm at home, I enjoy working outside in the yard. Videography and photography is also something I've enjoyed. 

Favorite Artists: Don Williams, followed closely by Charley Pride

Favorite Moments in Country Music: When I worked at a country station in OKC, I got to interview Garth and Trisha before their shows at the Chesapeake Arena. Two different reasons why this is my favorite moment: 1) it's the first interview with an artist I had ever done (talk about getting thrown into the deep end) and 2) because I grew up in Owasso, I went to school with Garth's daughters. When I was in fifth grade, I remember seeing Garth and Trisha come and pick up their kids everyday after school. I told them taht before the interview and they couldn't believe it! 

What Most People Don't Know About Me: Maybe my nerdiest quality, besides geeking out over country music, I really enjoy math. It was always my best subject in high school and college.