Photo: Jerry Hymer Photography

Beloved singer, poet, radio personality, and television host Red Steagall receives prestigious Western Lifestyle Programming Award from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

In April, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City presented C&I’s Cowboy Corner host Red Steagall with the distinguished Western Lifestyle Programming Award for his RFD-TV show Red Steagall Is Somewhere West of Wall Street.

The award honors Steagall’s work in television as he continues to spread the word about the Western culture on his popular show.

“We like to say this awards show is our Oscars — the biggest honor we can receive for the work we do to preserve and perpetuate the image of the West in our lifestyle,” Steagall said as he took the podium to accept his award, The Wrangler, a bronze sculpture of a cowboy on horseback.

“The thing we do each year ... is to work a little harder than we did the last year, because there are others who are working toward the same award. That makes all of us who are creative work harder to better present what we love the most to the most people, in the most professional, entertaining, and educational manner. It makes us do our dead-level best to be the best we can possibly be. If we don’t win, we still are proud of what we do. This is a tremendous pat on the back from you folks, and we appreciate it because we love what we do.”

Steagall also thanked people who have impacted the success of the show, including his wife, Gail; his assistant, Debbie Bowman; and Red Steagall Is Somewhere West of Wall Street executive producer and C&I publisher Gregory L. Brown.

The name for Steagall’s show came from a sculpture created by award-winning Cowboy Artists of America member Bruce Greene. Depicting a rancher reading his daily Wall Street Journal with his trusty cow dog by his side, the piece captivated Steagall. He felt it defined his series, which explores some of the most interesting historic landmarks and trailblazers of the West with him as a guide, riding the highways and byways. The iconic stops Steagall has taken his viewers to include the 6666 Ranch, Pitchfork Ranch, Waggoner Ranch, JA Ranch, and King Ranch, as well as museums and other places that perpetuate the image and lifestyle of the American cowboy.

You can catch Red Steagall Is Somewhere West of Wall Street on RFD-TV Mondays at 9:30 p.m. EST and 1:30 a.m. EST; and Sundays at 7 a.m. EST.