Bob Tallman

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Bob Tallman
Robert Mathew Tallman

(1947-10-25) October 25, 1947 (age 71)
ResidencePoolville, Texas
OccupationRodeo announcer
Years active1970–present
Spouse(s)Kristen Tallman
(1) Tallman has announced the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada, non-consecutively since 1975.
(2) Bob Tallman Charities support the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund.

Robert Mathew Tallman known as Bob (born October 25, 1947) is an American rodeo announcer, often called "the greatest announcer that ever lived. He's just got a God-given talent."[1][2] In 2004, Tallman was inducted into the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Hall of Fame, the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Early years[edit]

Tallman was born in Winnemucca, the seat of Humboldt County in northern Nevada, to John Beedle Tallman (1921–2007) and Irene Esther Tallman (1921–2008).[3] The family first lived on a ranch in Orovada, also in Humboldt County, but then returned to the larger Winnemucca when Tallman was eleven years old. "I was never very good at sports, but I could ride a bucking horse or ride a horse and rope, those kinds of things. Then I found out you have to dedicate your whole life to being a champion. So I thought I haven't got that strong a constitution; I'll just talk about it," Tallman explained his interest in announcing.[2]

Tallman attributes his success in rodeo and business to his faith in Christ.[2] By 1979, he had been in seven automobile accidents and once narrowly escaped electrocution. An airplane that he was to have boarded in Australia was hijacked.[4]

Full rodeo schedule[edit]

In a typical year, Tallman is travelling for 270 days. He announces small-town events, such as the rodeo in Snyder, Texas, as well as the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) each December from Las Vegas, Nevada. "Most announcers inform, but Bob paints a picture with words. He also reshaped the profession by bringing the play-by-play aspect to rodeo," said Boyd Polhamus of Brenham in Washington County, Texas, another announcer. Tallman often cheers, "Hang on, cowboy!" or "C'mon, let's give this guy a hand," after a contestant's tough ride or fall.[2]

Previous announcers mostly gave audiences the name of the competitor and bull and the rider's hometown, but Tallman is a raconteur. At a Dallas rodeo in 2004, Tallman told the crowd that roping champion Fred Whitfield had flown home during a tight 48-hour window of opportunity for his daughter's first birthday. "Now that's what's really important in life," Tallman said.[2]

Without formal training, Tallman began announcing in 1970. In 1975, he announced his first NFR.[2] Since 1977, he has announced the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo of Fort Worth.[5]

Other activities[edit]

Tallman has also appeared in several films as a rodeo announcer, including Rodeo Girl (1980), Pure Country (1992), Ruby Jean and Joe (1996), The Hi-Lo Country (1998), and Flicka (2006), loosely based on the 1941 novel by Mary O'Hara, origin of the old CBS television series My Friend Flicka.[6] He appeared as himself in two episodes of the 2008-2009 Animal Planet television series Untamed and Uncut.[6]

Tallman and his wife, Kristen, raise rodeo stock on their ranch at Poolville near Weatherford, the seat of Parker County, Texas. They are assisted in the management of the ranch by their daughter and son-in-law, Nicole and Daniel Pennell.[2] His Tallman Rodeo Stock Registry is patterned after that of the American Quarter Horse Association in Amarillo, Texas.[7] Tallman says that while he enjoys ranching, his radio microphone still remains his lifeline to reach those in need of entertainment or inspiration.[2]

Tallman sells Texas-style seasonings for beef, pork, and chicken through the Internet. The brands include Stampede Steak and Panhandle Pepper.[8] He is also the commercial spokesman for Wrangler shirts, Ariat Boots, and Winn-Dixie beef.[7]

His Bob Tallman Charities, established in 2000, raises nearly $50,000 annually for the pediatric program at University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, "an organization that gives financial assistance to families of professional rodeo athletes who have suffered catastrophic injuries".[2]


He is a six-time recipient of the "Announcer of the Year" award.[9] In September 2008, he was honored at the American Cowboy Culture Awards banquet held during the National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration in Lubbock, Texas.[10]


  1. ^ The quotation is from rodeo producer Bob Thain of Alturas, California.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Kristen Tribe, "The Voice of Rodeo"". Archived from the original on 2010-12-05. Retrieved April 4, 2010.
  3. ^ "Social Security Death Index". Retrieved April 4, 2010.
  4. ^ "Butch Brown, Kingpin Rodeo Announcer Lives Life of Two Men, April 11, 1979". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Retrieved April 4, 2010.
  5. ^ "Let Loose!: Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo". Archived from the original on March 22, 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Internet Movie Data Base". Retrieved April 4, 2010.
  7. ^ a b "Bob Tallman". Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved April 4, 2010.
  8. ^ "Bob Tallman, The Voice of Professional Rodeo". Retrieved April 4, 2010.
  9. ^ "Reno Rodeo: Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West". Archived from the original on March 8, 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2010.
  10. ^ "Brett Hoffman, Catching Up with Rodeo Announcer Tallman, September 4, 2008". San Angelo Standard-Times: Archived from the original on July 28, 2011. Retrieved April 4, 2010.
  11. ^ "Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame | Fort Worth Texas". Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Bob Tallman - ProRodeo Hall of Fame". ProRodeo Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2013-05-18. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  13. ^ "St. Paul Rodeo Hall of Fame". Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  14. ^ "Rodeo Announcer Bob Tallman Inducted to National Cowboy Hall of Fame, August 25, 2007". Retrieved April 4, 2010.
  15. ^ "The Bull Riding Hall of Fame Inductees". The Bull Riding Hall of Fame. Retrieved 4 June 2017.