About World Famous Cowpoke Radio

So, who exactly is this “Cowpoke”? Well, think of us as the old jukebox over in the corner of your favorite beer joint. Grab a tall, cold one and find a seat at the bar!

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Legendary Las Vegas Cowpoke (Cartoon)From the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, you’re tuned in to the world-famous Cowpoke Corral of Country Classics — KWPX Radio — featuring Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, Ray Price, Merle Haggard, Ernest Tubb, Faron Young, the Maddox Brothers and Rose and other legends from Western Music’s greatest era!

Hiway 99 Road Sign (Image)We concentrate on the artists that worked the Hiway 99 Circuit in Central California, from Bakersfield up through Visalia, Fresno, Merced, Turlock, Modesto, Stockton, Lodi, Sacramento, and every little town in between, back in the 1940s through the 1960s. You’ll hear plenty of original Country & Western tunes, with a heapin’ helpin’ of Western Swing, Hillbilly and even a bit of Bluegrass.

From our elegant penthouse studio upstairs in the landmark Brichetto Building, right across bustling Seventh Street from the historic Banta Inn in downtown Banta, Calif., Cowpoke Radio broadcasts locally on AM and FM, and all around this cotton-pickin’ planet via the Interwebs.

Brichetto Building

“Binta Banta?”

Come again? “Binta Banta” is the question we ask all the time — for non-Bantans, that’s shorthand local lingo for “Have you been to Banta?”

For a tiny little burgh that’s only a couple of blocks wide and barely a speck on the map, Banta’s got a ton of authentic Cowpoke character!

Next time you’re traveling through the magnificent San Joaquin Valley on Hiway 99, head west from Manteca or Lathrop (north of Modesto, south of Stockton) and take the Tracy exit up 11th Street (old Hiway 50, and part of the historic original Lincoln Highway). Stay in the right lane and hang a right on Grant Line — or Banta Road, if you miss your turn at Grant Line — and in minutes you’ve arrived!

Banta Area USGS Map


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