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Jim Stricklan is an American singer-songwriter, recording artist, and radio personality. A native Texan, Stricklan grew up near Big Spring. As a teen, he spent endless hours listening to radio, writing songs, and learning to play guitar. He started his first rock band (The Mojo Hand) with keyboardist Sally Townes in 1967.
Stricklan moved to Denver in 1971 and for fifteen years performed at local clubs and coffee houses while working as a personality at radio stations in the Mile-High City. In 1976 he was one of eleven artists featured on the KBPI Colorado Album. Stricklan recorded "Whereabouts Unknown," (his first studio album) while working at Houston’s legendary rock station KLOL-FM in 1979/80.
During the 1980s, the Colorado Country Music Foundation presented Stricklan with numerous awards and inducted him into their CMF Hall of Fame. CASHBOX Magazine named him Major Market Country Music Programmer of the Year in 1985. In '86 Stricklan launched a country single (Your Hiding Place) that debuted on the national charts.
While serving as Director of Entertainment for legendary country station KWKH, Stricklan hosted the New Louisiana Hayride and Ark-La-Tex Roundup shows. He hosted and produced the Louisiana State Fiddlers’ Championship for eight years, while performing around the Ark-La-Tex area.
Stricklan and his wife Leslie re-located to Austin in 1990, setting up a new home-base for their music publishing company Front Room Music. On August 30, 2007 Stricklan became a member of the Texas Association of Broadcasters’ Pioneer Club; honored for thirty years of “exemplary Service" to the Broadcast Industry. In November 2007, Stricklan’s novel Music Mountain was published by Outskirts Press of Colorado.