YESTERYEAR: Tex Justus and the Texas Cowboys by Pat Sides


Olus “Tex” Justus entertained Tri-Staters for more than three decades as host of “T. J. Time,” a morning program featuring “old time” country music on Boonville’s WBNL radio station. A native of Texas, Justus made his singing debut in 1936 in Louisville. A few years later, he organized a dance band named the Texas Cowboys and settled in Owensboro. Justus joined the WGBF radio staff in Evansville in the late 1940s before he started broadcasting in Boonville four years later. Wearing his trademark cowboy hat, he appeared at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and was inducted into the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame in 1988, three years after his death in Evansville.


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