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Bob Tallman Named Legend of Pro Rodeo 2020

Famously known as the “voice of Pro Rodeo”, Bob Tallman has been officially named the 2020 Legend of Pro Rodeo. On November 30th at Wrangler Gold Buckle Gala hosted at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth, Texas, Bob graciously accepted the award and has this to say about it,

“I’m going to give the credit to the selection committees. I’m going to give the credit to the Lord. As long as I can be humble enough to accept by those who chose this and I can be an example for others who will receive it (Legend of ProRodeo) in the future and that I can walk the walk and talk the talk and set the example in receiving it for the younger people coming up in the world, I accept it.”

Born Oct. 25, 1947, in Winnemucca, Nev., Tallman tried his hand as a rodeo competitor, but he quickly discovered his forte was behind a microphone, as evidenced by his first PRCA Announcer of the Year Award in 1982.

Tallman’s career began in Fallon, Nevada when he told a rodeo producer he thought he could do a better job than the announcer was doing. The producer told him to give it a try. Tallman earned $100 for that first job and has never looked back. Bob Tallman has announced more than 15,000 rodeo performances in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. He has announced so many rodeos that his voice has become instantly recognizable by folks attending the events. Tallman has announced the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada, more than any other announcer in Pro Rodeo history along with announcing the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for 33 years.

Tallman will work his record 26th NFR at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, Dec. 3-12. Tallman was named the 2019 PRCA Announcer of the Year for the 10th time and was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2004. Tallman’s philosophy is simple, yet effective.

“Tell them the truth,” he said. “Say what you are seeing because the fans are seeing the same thing that you are. And if you can’t be positive, don’t say anything.”

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