Hugh grew up listening to CFCW, when it was only 1000 watts at 1230 on the dial. He had a radio that would pull the signal in to his upstairs bedroom in Edmonton. There was a radio in the barn at his uncle's farm west of Millet where he milked cows and listened to Curly Gurlock. He was inspired by some of the great on air personalities like Ross Arthur, Rich Simms, Lorne Cunningham, and of course Bev Munro and many others.
After a 13 year career in Radio and Television, he left the "glamor" of broadcasting for a life with horses and cattle, on a small ranch outside of Kamloops. With encouragement from his wife Billie, they started "The Spirit of the West" in 1992, and it's grown to be Canada's most honored agrucultural radio show winning awards from Toronto to Texas. Well over 800 original episodes have been produced since it's inception.
You can find out more at www.hugh-mclennan.com
"Trail Blazers" Audio
Click HERE to read a copy of the "Trail Blazers" segment Hugh did for CFCW on season 4 of Cowboy Country Television.