Bob Tallman: The voice of ProRodeo and the RAM NCFR
Step foot into any number of ProRodeo arenas throughout the season and you’ll be met with a deep and passionate voice. As an avid rodeo fan, contestant, or committee member, you’ll know who this voice belongs to before your eyes even land on the announcers stand. This voice has been echoing through rodeo arenas across the world for half a century and is the unmistakable voice of Bob Tallman. Bob has announced more Wrangler National Finals Rodeos (WNFR) in Las Vegas, Nevada than any other rodeo announcer to date, he has been honored by many different rodeo Hall of Fames, and has worked rodeos in six different countries. If you ask anyone involved in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) about Bob Tallman, they’ll tell you he is a living legend.
He began his life in Winnemucca, Nevada as the oldest child to John and Irene Tallman. He attended a one-room schoolhouse, roped competitively in Junior and High School Rodeo Associations, and competed in 4-H horsemanship shows where he was the state champion riding a Mustang he broke himself. While attending Cal Poly State, he roped collegiately but didn’t excel in this event so he tried his hand at bucking horses, but it became clear that competing in rodeos simply wasn’t Bob Tallman’s forte. Bob Robinson, a Canadian bull rider who helped with practices, finally turned to him and said, “Bobby, I know you want to be a cowboy, but you’d better find something else.”
He spent years building his announcing career after it fell into his lap in Fallon, Nevada. Bob had been a competitor there and mentioned in passing to the rodeo producer that he figured he could do a better job than the current announcer, so the producer told him to give it a shot. $100 and one off-the-cuff rodeo later, Bob Tallman had officially found his niche. Over the course of five decades, he has announced the National Finals Rodeo twenty-three times, nine of them consecutively, and was voted the PRCA Announcer of the Year ten times. Earning the name “Voice of Professional Rodeo,” he was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2004 with several other honors in tow, including but not limited to; 2005 St. Paul Rodeo Hall of Fame, 2006 Miss Rodeo America Hall of Fame, 2007 Rodeo Hall of Fame of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 2017 Bull Riding Hall of Fame, and 2019 Reno Rodeo Hall of Fame.
Bob is known for announcing small, two or three-day rodeos all the way up to the largest professional rodeos in history. His itinerary stretches from the West Coast to the East Coast with several stops in between including the Red Bluff Round-Up in California, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, and all the way to Kissimmee, Florida for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo (RAM NCFR)!
When he is not participating in rodeo action across the United States, Bob Tallman resides in Poolville, Texas, where he manages hundreds of acres that make up 3T Ranch. On the ranch, they run an Angus cow-calf operation on organically fertilized grass to provide quality beef to consumers and to his own business, Bobby T’s Beef Jerky.
The RAM NCFR Rodeo announcer, Bob Tallman, was recently recognized as the 2019 PRCA Rodeo Announcer of the Year. We are proud and honored to host him each spring for the RAM NCFR as he continues to captivate audiences with his signature voice and charm! Head to Osceola County, Florida in 2020 to listen to the voice of ProRodeo in person!