Claremore is getting another 15 minutes of fame.
This week, Red Steagall, popular country singer, composer, radio host and host of the cable show “Somewhere West of Wall Street” paid a visit to Claremore.
Over two days this week Steagall visited the J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum and the Will Rogers Memorial recording segments for his show.
“The TV show is about telling stories of people, events and places. And these two museums in Claremore are an amazing part of not only western history but American history as well,” said Steagall, “I am glad I came to Claremore. I've been to Claremore several times but this is my second visit to the Davis Museum and my first to the Will Rogers Memorial.”
Will Rogers Memorial Museum’s Director Tad Jones said they were contacted by Steagall several months ago and told of the TV hosts interest in visiting Claremore.
“He came by the Memorial Tuesday morning and spent about two hours in the museum, interviewed myself and Andy Hogan. He took some pictures and then headed south to Texas,” Jones said. “We were thrilled to have him here.”
Jones said he and the museum volunteers were a little star struck.
“He’s been a star for a long time. He’s very much a supporter of Will Rogers,” he said. “He had a great program and I really enjoyed the commentary he had about Will... His research was impressive. He sure loved the town and the museums.”
“It was an honor having Red and his crew here at the J.M. Davis Museum,” said Wayne McCombs, executive director of the J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum. “This is great publicity for us. His ratings are very high and we know many people that did not know about us will put is in their vacation plans.”
Now in its eleventh season on the RFD cable network, “Somewhere West of Wall Street” airs on Monday nights at 8:30 pm, central time. It's also repeated twice during the week. The segment with the J.M. Davis Museum is scheduled to air on Sept. 16 and the Will Rogers Memorial will be featured on Sept. 30.
Now based in Ft. Worth, Steagall, has spent over 40 years in the music industry as an executive, producer and artist. He has recorded 20 albums that have made the national charts. He has also written several books about the cowboy life style.
A native of Sanford, Texas, Steagall was a promising rodeo performer as a teenager. But in his late teens he developed polio, ending his rodeo career. He then took up the guitar as physical therapy and went into the music industry. By 1968 he was touring and in 1972 began hitting the nationwide country music charts. Among his wards are being inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City in 2003, in 2004 into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2005 into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame.