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Diary of a Cowgirl

by Laural Porter

Posted on June 22, 2007 at 5:13 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:33 PM

Dear Diary,

Not too many people other than you know I am a cowgirl at heart.
You were there when my broadcast career began in an unceremonious way, as the KSON Cowgirl in San Diego.
Remember when I had to dress up in Wranglers, a floral cowgirl shirt, cowgirl boots and hat, then drive around in the KSON cowboy cadillac, otherwise known as an extended cab pickup?
My job was to drive around San Diego and give out collector edition "Freedom belt buckles".
Then I'd race back to the country radio station to do a newscast, still dressed in my cowgirl outfit.
Good thing it was radio.
Anyway, you know that's when my heart turned country.
One of the highlights of my radio career was to introduce a then fairly unknown country band, "Alabama", when they debuted at the "Country Bumpkin" bar.
Dolly Parton called the station, when I was filling in as a receptionist at KSON (Yes, I wore many hats then, besides the cowgirl one), and I got to transfer Dolly to my boss's extension.
Wow! That's when I got to be a real "Dolly" fan.
Today, Dear Diary, I like the Dixie Chicks. I think they're my country favorite. But, I still like "Garth", "Tim Mcgraw", "Shania", Keith Urban, a lot of the new country artists.... and on and on.
But, what I really want to tell you is I get to dust off my cowgirl boots, and head back to the country this week.
I am helping judge the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival for a whole week, in the shadow of the Tetons.
Diary, you remember my years reporting in the Jackson Hole area? I did everything I could to find a story to report on... on the Wyoming side of the Tetons.
I'll be one of several preliminary judges reviewing dozens of films entered in this year's festival, so we'll be spending a lot of time indoors watching filmmakers' work.
But, I bet I'll find time to kick up my heels, maybe see the Jackson rodeo, watch the shoot-out in the square, maybe even have a drink at the Cowboy bar.
Yee Haw!!
See you next week, pardners!