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“I’m probably one of the biggest rodeo fans in the world,” says professional rodeo announcer, Marty Campbell. “And I think that is a big help in me delivering my passion for the sport to the rodeo audience.”
Marty Campbell is more than just a casual fan of the sport, though. He started out as a contestant, qualifying for two College National Finals Rodeos and winning a little in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association as a saddle bronc rider before suffering a career-ending broken neck in 1996. Since then, he has served in many other capacities in the sport, such as President of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association; college rodeo coach; Production Secretary at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo; on-air talent for ESPN’s broadcast of the CNFR; Openings Production Manager of the CNFR; and more. In addition, he still has his hand in the competition side of the sport as an occasional steer roper.
Announcing rodeos, however, is an endeavor that lets Campbell combine his passion for the sport with his God-given ability to speak and entertain. With more than twenty-five years of entertaining audiences under his belt, that ability to move people has allowed him to draw audiences into what is happening in the arena with a color that gets them nearly as excited about the action as he is.
His knowledge and experience in the sport allow him a frame of reference that not every announcer can provide. “I’m blessed to be friends with so many cowboys, stock contractors and everyone else. That gives me a bit of an inside track when it comes to sharing their stories with rodeo crowds,” says Campbell.
That knowledge and ability to communicate earned Campbell the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's Excellence in Broadcast Journalism Award in 2016. According to Campbell, the buckle is among his greatest honors. "To be recognized on that stage (at the WNFR) right after they handed out the Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year, to be introduced by my friend, Will Rassmussen, and to receive my buckle shortly before my buddy, Wayne Brooks, won his for Announcer of the Year--what an honor. What a dream come true!"
Campbell has been selected to announce the RAM Columbia River Circuit Finals Rodeo in Yakima, WA; the Benny Binion Bucking Stock Sale at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo; the College National Finals Rodeo alongside legendary announcer, Boyd Polhamus; the Columbia River Circuit Finals Steer Roping; the Mountain States Steer Roping Circuit Finals; the Journey to the Cross PRCA Steer Roping in Garden City, Kansas; the Central Montana Ram Prorodeo in Lewistown, MT; the High Desert Stampede PRCA Rodeo in Redmond, OR; the Ellensburg Rodeo in Ellensburg, Washington; the Crooked River Roundup in Prineville, Oregon; the Elgin Stampede in Elgin, Oregon; the War Bonnet Round Up in Idaho Falls, Idaho; the legendary Cowtown Rodeo in Woodstown, New Jersey; the Hawaii Saddle Club Rodeo in Honoka'a, Hawaii; and countless other events.