Dennis Walker, the man who keeps each Westbank Country Opry show moving along, is the owner and operstor of SO Country Internet Radio in Penticton.
Penticton's "Man of the year" from 2003 is settling into his 4th decade behind the microphone, Dennis Walker ventures onto the internet to talk to a loyal audience he has always called his country music family.
His personal family roots are from the heart of the Kootenay's in Creston, where his broadcasting career started when he was 14 calling KIJHL hockey games, and high school basketball for community TV. A full time radio gig started not long after high school graduation at the then privately owned CFCK radio, with stops along the way in Osoyoos, Kelowna, Vernon, and Penticton.
He's picked up the Mandolin in recent years, and can bang off a few Bluegrass and Celtic tunes. He's made appearances with the Kettle Valley Brakemen and Nikita Afonso. His Fastball pitching career is winding down with cycling now a hobby and big part of his South Okanagan lifestyle.
So Country Internet Radio with Dennis Walker earned the 2013 Penticton and Wine Country Business Excellence Award for Community Support.
When one of the last family owned radio stations in the country was sold in 2012, the close-knit hard working staff at GIANT FM in Penticton was let go. The programming was changed and the true local flavour was gone. A frantic 3 weeks later socountry.ca arrived on the scene.
Dennis has taken the true local element and put it on socountry.ca. Full length local newcasts focus on what's happening in the South Okanagan-Similkameen. The music selection changes daily. Dennis plays the top 40 Country songs in our mix but not over and over and over and.... well... you get the picture.
He mixes in the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Bob Seger, Eagles, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Dire Straits..... which fit nicely with a country format and sprinkles in some Bluegrass and Celtic music too.
The station is evolving from broadcasting from Dennis's kitchen to a major move into the Adidas Sportplex, the home of Penticton Pinnacles FC. The unique glass encasement surrounds our station. Thousands of players and fans walk through the Sportsplex every year. Thank you Penticton Soccer Club for the opportunity to be here.
Dennis is also a founding sponsor of the new Peach City Community Radio Society. This new radio station will seek CRTC approval for over-the-air broadcasting on January 13, 2015. To learn more about Peach City Radio click on the image below.