Word With A Champ Interviews
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The Annenburg National Native Voice Studios
Randy Taylor ProAnnouner
Word With A Champ brings you results and an interview from the 44th annual Indian National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada. This Wrangler Fall Sports Special celebrates the first go around winners after two performances of the competition. Over 400 contestants representing 50 tribal affiliations battling it out for over $1 million in prize money and the 2019 Indian world championships. We visit with Bo Vocu, Lakota, the president of the INFR about this event being on the Ride Pass where everyone all over the country can watch it and Saturday night is televised.
Marshall’s Herman Byrne, 4X INFR Bullfighter of the Oglala Lakota from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwest South Dakota, is our guest today on Word With A Champ. A talented major league athlete shares his mind about his craft. Today he Is up against young bulls with young riders in the junior leagues of INFR bull riding then tonight he will be up against the mature and dangerous professional animal athletes, he presents an interesting perspective.
Two-time Professional Bull Riders Association World Champion JB Mauney of North Carolina is our guest on this week’s episode of Word With A Champ. JB has not only a bull riders attitude, he has a winning bull riders attitude. I learned he is a modest and jovial individual. We appreciate him taking the time to share how he overcomes the fears of failure and getting hurt competing against the largest professional athletes in the world, the American pro bucking bulls.
Today Word With A Champ is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota celebrating Team 4 Bears Casino success in the arena of the Built Ford Tough Professional Bull Riding. Matt Triplett of Columbia Falls, Montana is the victor and Stetson Lawrence a Native American of North Dakota finished fourth, they are both sponsored by 4 Bears Casino in the land of the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara. We visit with this weeks champion Matt Triplett and the 2008 PBR World Champion Guilherme Marchi about his effort to make history by riding his 600th bull in the PBR.
Blackfeet, Dustin Bird is on top of the list again for the All Around Championship of the world after round 7 of 10 rounds at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Navajo, Erich Rogers has moved back up in the team roping world standings. Bull rider Shane Proctor has ridden 7 out of 7 bulls in an effort to ride all 10 and tie the record of only 3 men to ride all 10 bulls at the NFR since 1959. The Wrangler NFR has sold out all 317 performances since it moved to Las Vegas since 1985.
Son Of Beast and Holman’s Beast, both, entertained Wyoming fans performing at the same time tearing it up in Freestyle competition recently. Cody Holman from Dayton Ohio is a 20 year old, 3 year veteran driver. Him and his dad, Bobby Holman, 34 year veteran, are a very talented builder driver team. Cody discusses the development of his talent in the all American monster truck motor sport. Cody joins the Traxxas Monster Truck Destruction Tour carnage that continues at the air conditioned, Utica, NY Civic Center for the next stop.
Tim O’Connell is presently number 3 in the World for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Bare Back Bronc Riding, 2016 standings. We caught up with Tim after a winning ride at the 70th Annual Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo. He is very close to his goal of a championship title in his game. O’Connell’s passion of his sport is obvious in this interview.
Paul Harvey Aurandt (September 4, 1918 – February 28, 2009), better known as Paul Harvey, was a conservative American radio broadcaster for the ABC Radio Networks. He broadcast News and Comment on weekday mornings and mid-days, and at noon on Saturdays, as well as his famous The Rest of the Story segments. Thanks to a mentor of mine, rodeo announcer and South Dakota State Senator, Jim Thompson, I was the subject on one of Paul Harvey’s commentary broadcasts. It is fun to share this with you. Thanks.
The Bailey Pro Rodeo Company is alive and well producing some of the most entertaining events in the world of sports. Our guest, Kelly Klein discusses how his team and new ownership continue a standard of excellence based in North Dakota, that David Bailey started over 40 years ago in Oklahoma. It is amazing to watch the bucking horses and bulls that were born to buck or found on a trial and error basis, to the modern day era where most of the animals are genetically designed to perform doing what they instinctively like to do, jump high and kick hard.
Keenie Marie Word, enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Nation of South Dakota is successfully chasing her dreams in the country music industry. An inspirational story of a beautiful young lady, that lost her dad, Grady Word, when she was only 11 years old. Her mom Kelli continued tremendous support. Grady would be proud of the faith, determination and developed talent, Keenie is taking to Music City USA, Nashville, Tennessee.