Word With A Champ Interviews
Native Voice One – Koahnic Broadcast Corporation
The Annenburg National Native Voice Studios
PRCA World Champion Bull Rider, Cody Custer is our guest this week. Cody is a proponent of allowing youth to grow in sports at a level they are capable. This champs view on life is strong, facing challenges, in and out of the arena.
Indian National Finals Rodeo Commissioner, Frank Whitecalfe is our guest on Word With A Champ. Frank is a soft spoken, gentleman that has carried a big stick as INFR commissioner and Councilman and Treasurer on the Tribal Council for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara. We enjoyed our visit about his 1977 Steer Wrestling Indian Championship and his work to serve youth in rodeo.
The 3rd Annual All Nations Indian Relay Championships concluded on Wrangler Championship Day in Billings, Montana September 20, 2015. The Professional Indian Horse Racing Association sanctioned event broke attendance records in Metra Park in the four days of racing. The champion jockey of Omak Express Tyler Peasly, Colville Confederated Tribes from Omak, Washington spoke to us for Word With a Champ.
The monster truck racing industry celebrates 40 years since its inception. Marvin Anderson of Colonna, British Columbia, Canada has been a driver for 25 years and has watched the American made sport grow. Marvin discussed the technical aspects that have improved the safety and entertainment factors involved. His interest in the youth and future of his sport are obvious with his encouragement of people to get in monster truck racing, yet put their education first and finish school.
Straight forward, is a way to describe JW Hart, a PBR bull riding star and commentator. JW discusses his success riding bulls and how it is due to the simple concept and word, try. It was fun to visit with JW and his wife Leanne, on a weekend they endorsed a Miniature World Tour stop, for young cowboys and cowgirls including their children.
Leanne Hart from Ardmore, OK is our guest on this weeks episode of Word With A Champ. Leanne provides a mother and wife’s perspective of, faith over fear. It has been a successful approach while watching her husband JW Hart ride bulls in the PBR for over a decade and a half. The Hart family hosted a Miniature Rodeo World Tour stop for their children and young cowboys and cowgirls in their community.
Johnny Hopkins created the Miniature Rodeo World Tour and Tuff Enuff Miniature Rodeo programs with his wife Peggy and son Levi. These events provide an opportunity for very young boys and girls to develop an interest in the sport of rodeo, and continue to hone skills as they get older. Johnny discusses the fact that the search and selection of appropriate livestock is a necessary challenge. That effort is met with the rewards of watching a participant overcome fear and jump for joy in the excitement of accomplishment. A worthy cause as explained on this weeks episode of Word With A Champ.
The Northern State University Wolverine Marching Band, from Aberdeen, South Dakota, provided quite a show for the annual Marching Band Day in Menno, SD. They were a great influence for all of the high school marching band members competing. We had the opportunity for an interview with the three drum majors, two gals and a very charismatic future Marine. Their enthusiasm expresses the opportunities, fun and potential scholarships in their field of entertainment around sports.
Sargent Les Bird Chief of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe in Lame Deer, Montana, is our guest for Word With A Champ. Sargent Bird Chief is the bravest man I have ever interviewed and it is an honor to have the opportunity to share what he has to say. It is people like this man that make our United States of America and keep her free. Thank you Les.
Heath Ford, 3X Bareback Bronc Riding qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is our guest this week on Word With A Champ. Heath was elected by his peers to serve as the bareback bronc riding director of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. He discusses his life growing up as a cowboy and how it led to his responsibility and and status in the sport a pro rodeo.