".....an outdoorsman of great accomplishment, possessing vast experience and knowledge of fishing, hunting and wildlife conservation. "



Jim Strader is recognized as one of the best outdoor communicators in the country.  His career as an outdoor columnist, radio broadcaster, expo producer and outdoor television host has firmly established Jim as one of the nation’s leading experts.

During his eighteen year tenure as outdoor columnist with The Louisville  Courier-Journal, Kentucky’s largest daily newspaper, Jim received numerous awards.  He was voted “Best Writer” and received two “Excellence” awards from his peers in the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association.  He also received two Kentucky Governor’s Awards for Conservation Achievements and an award from the National Wildlife Federation. 

Jim also has more than 15 years experience as host of the radio show, “Outdoors with Jim Strader”, which airs on 50,000 watt, clear channel Louisville radio station 84 WHAS-AM.  84 WHAS is one of the nation’s leading AM talk stations and Jim’s show regularly generates calls from more than 17 states. The show consistently ranks number one in the Arbitron Ratings.

Jim was selected to be the official radio host, press liaison and publicist for the Bass Master’s Classic that was held in Louisville in 1987.  This was the first time in their twenty year history that B.A.S.S. designated an official radio host.  He was also the radio host, publicist and press liaison for The National Wild Turkey Federation National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky in 1993.

The Bass Anglers Sportsman Society selected Jim to be the official radio host, press liaison and publicist for the Bassmaster Classic that was held in Louisville Kentucky in 1987.  This was the first time in their twenty year history that B.A.S.S. designated an official radio host.  He was also the radio host, publicist and press liaison for The National Wild Turkey Federation National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky in 1993.

During its four years of production, the Jim Strader Outdoors Television Show received two national “Telly” awards. Jim’s show was recognized for its educational focus.  It taught the television audience innovative techniques to increase their enjoyment of the outdoor sports.  Jim Strader Outdoors was syndicated through Insight Cable with coverage in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and Tennessee.

Guests for Jim Strader’s newspaper columns, radio and television shows have included many of the nation’s finest outdoor celebrities. Jim has hosted fishing pros like B.A.S.S. Tournament Champions Hank Parker, Roland Martin, Bill Dance, and Al Linder. Professional hunters Harold Knight and David Hale, Roger Raglin, Myles Keller, Walter Parrott, and Rob Keck, President of the National Wild Turkey Federation have made guest appearances with Jim.

Celebrity guests have included PGA and Masters Champion Golfer Fuzzy Zoeller, United States Army General Norman Schwarzkopf, Hall of Fame Championship Basketball Coach Denny Crum, NCAA Championship Basketball Coach Joe B. Hall, NFL Quarterback Chris Redman, and Triton Boat Company Founder and President Earl Bentz.

Jim also produces “The Jim Strader Hunting and Fishing Expo”, one of the nation’s premier outdoor expositions.  Now in its twelfth year, The Expo draws more than 15,000 hunting and fishing enthusiasts to a completely sold out exhibit hall at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky.



In an Official Proclamation in 1994, the Senate of the Commonwealth of Kentucky honored and commended Jim Strader:
     “Whose skills as an outdoorsman are matched only by his skills as a communicator: note that, in every medium, from print to TV to Radio, he has made his name synonymous with responsible outdoorsmanship. Note further that he has conveyed an infectious enthusiasm for outdoor pursuits while campaigning tirelessly and effectively nation wide for wildlife conservation and we proclaim this body’s belief that those conservations constitute his most important achievement and are and will be crowing jewels in a long continuing career and service to the wild.”

Jim is an expert angler, with a Kentucky State Record and an International Game Fish Association World Record to his credit. Jim’s knowledge of angling has allowed him to teach fishing courses for Kentucky’s two leading colleges the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky. In addition to college instruction Jim has served as an instructor for the B.A.S.S FISHING INSTITUTES. His father, the late Captain Jim Strader, is a recent inductee into the International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame.

As a competitive shooter Jim has won several shotgunning titles, including three State Pigeon Shooting Championships, the Kentucky Colonel Championship, the San Antonio International Championship and a tie for first in the Grand Prix of the Americas in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1987. He was also selected to represent the US team at the Grand Prix of Europe in Zaragoza Spain in 1983.

Jim has taken numerous trophy animals with bow and arrow which qualify for the World Record Books, including Whitetail deer, wild boar, kudu and impala. He is also an expert archer, with champion and runner-up titles (bare bow) in the Indiana Deer Hunters Association State Championships.

Jim’s most notable accomplishments and personal sources of pride come from recognition of his tireless efforts for wildlife conservation. He is the only Kentuckian to have received two Governor's awards for conservation achievement. He has also received conservation achievement awards from the National Wildlife Federation and the League of Kentucky Sportsmen.

In 1983, Jim initiated and drafted legislation to increase deer poaching penalties for the State of Kentucky, which passed in the Legislature by a wide margin. Us Congressman Gene Snyder selected Jim to testify before a U.S. Congressional subcommittee on Fish and Wildlife management in the Ohio River corridor. He was also chosen to serve as a delegate to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Species Waterfowl Management Symposium. In 2000 Jim was honored to be named Co-Chariman of the Sportsmen for Bush Presidential Campaign in the State of Kentucky by George W. Bush's campaign staff.

Jim has appeared as a featured guest on several of the nations most highly regarded televised fishing shows including In-Fisherman with Al Linder, Hank Parker’s Outdoors, and Billy West Moreland’s Fishing Diary.

In summary, it is not overstated to say that Jim Strader is the consummate outdoorsman. He has developed his fishing and hunting skills to a level that most participants can only dream about, but he is always eager to share his knowledge with others.



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