Hi, I'm Jake Fisher

My name is Jake Fisher.

Professionally, I am known as a principal and co-founder of Bridges Strategies & Digital Marketing.

In my personal life, I enjoy writing, taking pictures, and traveling.

You may often see me walking around downtown Oklahoma City, enjoying a stroll down the Bricktown Canal, drinking a cup of coffee in the Myriad Gardens, or heading to an Oklahoma City Thunder game.

I am a proud graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where I studied communication and thoroughly enjoyed undergraduate life.

When I am not home in OKC, I like to explore interesting places and learn new things. I am equally comfortable on an undeveloped beach or a bustling market in Latin America.

You can follow me on Twitter at @jakefisher and on LinkedIn.

If you have arrived at this page via a search for my name, you might be looking for information about some other notable Jake Fishers:

Professional Football Player, Offensive Tackle Jake Fisher

I have the honor of sharing a name with an NFL offensive tackle. This other Jake was taken in the second round of the 2015 NFL draft, as a left tackle, by the Cincinnati Bengals. He is currently the starting right tackle on the Bengals offensive line, blocking for running back (and my fellow University of Oklahoma alumnus) Joe Mixon.

This Jake went to high school at Traverse City West in Michigan and college at the University of Oregon.

In 2017, he was placed on the injured reserve list due to an irregular heartbeat. He recovered and rejoined the team’s lineup at the beginning of 2018. Then, in week 12 of the 2018 season, Jake was placed on injured reserved again, due to a back injury, after which, the Bengals signed tackle Andre Smith.

Going into the 2019 season, under offensive line coach Frank Pollack, Jake should compete with Cordy Glenn for the starting left tackle position and Bobby Hart for the starting right tackle position.

You can give Jake a follow on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/J_Fish231

Baseball Pitcher, Robert Jacob Fisher

Robert Jacob Fisher is a professional baseball pitcher, most recently with Los Tigres de Licey of the Dominican League and the independent Long Island Ducks.

He played college baseball at my alma mater, the University of Oklahoma. He started his college career at junior college, Connors State.

While in college, Jake was a standout right-handed pitcher, posting a 2.50 ERA his senior level.

He was taken by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 22nd round of the MLB amateur draft.

Jake is on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jake-fisher-6435b477/

Director of Auto Testing at Consumer Reports

This Jake tests new cars for a living and then writes about it. What a great job, right?

He went to college at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He has been with Consumer Reports for almost twenty years. In October of 2012, the publication named him the Director of Auto Testing.

Jake has tested virtually every U.S. automobile for the past twelve years. According to his LinkedIn account, he is partially responsible for an almost 1,000% growth in subscriber revenue at Consumer Reports.

In May of 2018, he delivered critical feedback to Elon Musk that resulted in improvements to the Tesla Model 3.

Follow Jake on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/CRcarsJake

The Bronze Wrangler Awards

The Bronze Wrangler Awards, also known as the Western Heritage Awards, honor artistic contributions in television, music, film, and literature representing the Western culture of the United States. It is presented by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

John Wayne’s  The Alamo  was the first motion picture to win a Bronze Wrangler award at the first ceremony in 1961. Image credit: Reynold Brown [Public domain]

John Wayne’s The Alamo was the first motion picture to win a Bronze Wrangler award at the first ceremony in 1961. Image credit: Reynold Brown [Public domain]

The first Bronze Wranglers were awarded in 1961. The John Wayne motion picture, The Alamo, won in the Theatrical Motion Picture category; and, Dimitri Tiomkin won in the Music category for his score to the movie. Additionally, authors Steve Frazee and W. Bruce Bell won awards in literary categories. An episode of Rawhide, entitled Incident At Dragoon Crossing; and, The Great Lounsberry Scoop (Death Valley Days) won in the television categories.

The annual award ceremony is presented in the Sam Noble Special Events Center which features five grand triptychs, entitled Windows to the West, depicting landscapes of the American West.  

The Bronze Sculpture

The Bronze Wranger

The Bronze Wrangler Award Statue

Designed by Oklahoma artist John Free.

Image used under (CC BY-SA 3.0) http://www.nationalcowboymuseum.org/index.html

Winners receive a bronze sculpture of a cowboy on horseback. The sculpture was designed by late Oklahoma artist John Free.

Free, a former rodeo performer, started the Bronze Horse Foundry in his hometown in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. After his passing, Free’s son, John Dale Free continued the foundry’s work. While the foundry burned down in 2012, John Free’s legacy lives on through Bronze Wrangler statue.

Chester A Reynolds Memorial Award

The annual Bronze Wrangler award ceremony includes the presentation of the Chester A. Reynolds Award, named after the Western Heritage Museum’s founder, honors one individual for their unwavering commitment to the future of the American West.

Award winners represent a variety of industries and background. They include:

  • Distinguished metal-worker and spur-maker, Jerry Cates

  • Former president of the American Quarter Horse Association, Johnny Trotter.

  • Sheridan-style saddle inventory, Don King.

Hall of Great Westerners & Hall of Great Western Performers

During the ceremony, honorees are inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners and the Hall of Great Western Performers.

The Hall of Great Westerners

The Hall of Great Westerners honors more than 200 individuals for their advancement of Western values and traditions; patronage of art, business industry, environmental, education, humanitarian, government or philanthropic organizations; achievement of national and historical significance; or, lifetime exemplification of honesty, integrity, and self-sufficiency.

Awardees are recognized with a wall placard in the Edward L. Gaylord Exhibition Wing at the museum.

Hall of Great Western Performers

The ceremony also inducts actors, musicians and other performers who, through their works, interpret the American West.

Notable members of the Hall of Great Western Performers include:

  • John Wayne

  • Barbara Stanwyck

  • Ronald Reagan

  • Roy Rogers

  • Fess Parker

  • Reba McEntire

  • Tommy Lee Jones

  • Vince Gill

  • Henry Fonda

  • Sam Elliott

  • Robert Duvall

  • Kirk Douglas

Award Categories

  • Film and television

    • Theatrical Motion Picture

    • Television Feature Film

    • Factual Narrative

    • Factual Television Program (awarded from 1961 until 1989)

    • Fictional Television Drama

    • Western Documentary

  • Literary

    • Art Books

    • Folklore Books

    • Juvenile Books

    • Magazine Article

    • News Feature

    • Nonfiction Book

    • Outstanding Photography Book

    • Poetry Book

    • Short Stories

    • Western Novel

  • Music

    • Music

    • Outstanding Original Western Composition

    • Outstanding Traditional Western Album

Prominent Past Winners

Notable past winners include the movies:

Django Unchained won the Bronze Wrangler for Theatrical Motion Picture in 2013.  Image credit: Flickr.com user 22860 (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Django Unchained won the Bronze Wrangler for Theatrical Motion Picture in 2013.

Image credit: Flickr.com user 22860 (CC BY-SA 2.0)

  • The Comancheros

  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

  • How the West Was Won

  • The Son of Katie Elder

  • True Grit

  • A Man Called Horse

  • Young Guns

  • Lonesome Dove

  • Dances with Wolves

  • Unforgiven

  • Legends of the Fall

  • 3:10 to Yuma

  • Django Unchained

Notable winners in music include:


Michael Martin Murphey

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award winner & three-time Bronze Wrangler award winner

  • John Williams, for the score of the motion picture The Cowboys.

  • Jimmy Webb, for Cowboy Hall of Fame.

  • Michael Martin Murphy, for Corn, Water and Wood and Long and Lonesome Ride to Dalhart.

  • Riders in the Sky, for Always Drink Upstream from the Herd.

  • Red Steagall, for Wagon Tracks, How Green Was the Grazin’ Back There and Dawson Le Gate.

Notable winners in literary categories include:

  • N. Scott Momaday for Colorado Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring (with photographer David Muench) and Own in the Cedar Tree.  

  • James Michener for Centennial.

  • Bill Brett for The Stolen Steers: A Tale of the Big Thicket.

  • Ivan Doig (Thomas A. Stewart, Editor-in-Chief) for English Creek.

  • Larry McMurtry for Buffalo Girls.

  • Andrew Gulliford (Jay Dew, Editor-in-Chief) for The Woolly West: Colorado’s Hidden History of Sheepscapes.

  • Cormac McCarthy for All the Pretty Horses

Despite similar names, the Bronze Wrangler award isn’t affiliated with the maker of the popular vehicle, Jeep Wrangler JK.