Question 1: So Joe.. How did you get involved with Rodeo announcing? Was it something you’ve always had an interest in?
I started as a rodeo clown as a teen and went into radio broadcasting for college, and kinda melded the 2 together. I learned a lot of what I didn’t like by working with announcers and targeted my own style that was clown/show and friendly.
Question 2: What kind of work did it take to become a Professional Rodeo Announcer? Did you have to reach certain requirements?
Step 1 was practice and polish. Step 2, was book and promote. Start doing more gigs and working for more contractors. Finally, submit 5 events for the PRCA to send someone to evaluate me. Once approved, than professionally carded. But professional is more than a card.. It’s a passion for the craft and solid business ethics, with professional polish.
Question 3: How many Rodeos/Bull Riding do you announce every year? What’s something NEW you’re doing this year that you didn’t do last year?
I do about 30 events/year and upwards of 80 performances. I’m in a lighter area for Rodeo numbers so I compliment schedule to monster trucks, demo derbies keep it interesting. New: the cirque-de-soleil show I wrote script for an announced last week. But equine training shows and extreme cowboy races are the new thing I’m rocking. And a-shows show jumping in 2013.
Question 4: So your getting ready to announce the Ontario Rodeo Association Finals Rodeo. How did you get that job under your belt?
The first time I announced the #MyOFR was my 1st year announcing. It was an honour selected as a rookie. Changes hand a lot. This is my 6th #MyOFR … Being president of the @ORArodeo association helps. haha. But I like the competitors. I know em all.
Question 5: How are you getting yourself prepared to announce @ORArodeo finals?
Prep is key. Make sure every competitor has back story, if it’s not championships, then Facebook updates, haha! From will be scripting my computer to see playoffs and potentials to story line every ride and run. Soon as clock/buzzer stops seeing how that changes year-end. It’s all about up to the second story lines.
Question 6: How hard is it to keep an audience occupied for a couple of hours during a rodeo?
It’s about content and energy. Content: story line and reason to cheer on every competitor. Sponsors as product. Placement Energy: music and spoken word going up and down. Like a race car, can’t stay wide open the whole time. Can’t yell 24/7 can’t have people tuned in whole time… Gotta work it like a roller coaster. It’s a craft. Constantly being tweaked.
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