Each week a diverse selection of material is presented on Calling All Cowboys, bringing listeners the Best of the West in song, story and verse. And fans of cowboy poetry and prose will not be disappointed. From contemporary masters like Waddie Mitchell, Virginia Bennett, Paul Zarzyski, Yvonne Hollenbeck, and Joel Nelson to the old classics written by the likes of Badger Clark, Bruce Kiskaddon, Sharlot Hall, and "Jack" Thorp. Even works by local poets, Jo Lee Riley and Roger Traweek, are trotted out and storyteller extraordinaire Rick Steber spins the occasional big windy.
Chuckaroo not only shares his vast Western music collection with his Calling All Cowboys radio audience, but he also plays harmonica in a couple of different ensembles: Los Pistoleros del Norte and The Anvil Blasters. Both groups can be heard playing live at such diverse venues as The Tower Theater, Sisters Coffeehouse, The High & Dry Bluegrass Festival, The Crook County Fair, The Sisters Folk Festival, The Silver Moon Brew Pub, McMenamins, The Five-Pines Resort and many others.
But playing Cowboy music and spinning Western ditties and over the air-waves are not Chuckaroo’s only passions. As Charley Engel, he is also a writer for the Central Oregon Horse Journal, the region's premier equine publication. Each issue features his “Ridin' The Highline” trail-riding article highlighting a local trail ride, as well as a how-to piece on topics like safe trailering, tack, technology for equestrians, and the like.
In addition to being avid trail riders, Chuckaroo and his wife, Dana, have just taken up the sport of Cowboy Mounted Action Shooting, a fast-paced sport that combines the skills needed for barrel-racing, pole-bending, and marksmanship. Each rider has 10 balloons to "kill" with 45-caliber black powder blank pistols while weaving through a pre-set course. The rider who shoots the most balloons in the fastest time with the least faults wins.
Chuckaroo The Buckaroo shares his love for all things Cowboy and Western every week. Saddle up and ride with him as he acts as your trusty scout, taking you down musical paths you never knew existed, or have long-forgotten.