billy parker - Inducted 1991
Billy Parker is arguably the most prominent air personality in the state of Oklahoma. Parker began his radio career in 1959 at KFMJ Tulsa, OK and then worked at KFDI Wichita, KS and KPLR Oklahoma City, OK. He then left radio to become front man for Ernest Tubb's Texas Troubadours. After tiring of the road, he retuned to radio in 1971 at KVOO Tulsa, OK, and continued to record. In 1974 he was named Disc Jockey of the Year by the CMA. Parker was named Disc Jockey of the Year by the Academy of Country Music in 1975, 1977, 1978, and 1984. Billy Parker was inducted into the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame in 1991. He was inducted into the Western Swing Hall of Fame in 1993 and awarded the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters' Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995.