Ted Dwyer, Rodeo Announcer
Right from the arena, across the United States, up and down back roads, side roads, dirt roads, to rodeos in one-horse towns to indoor shows.
From getting throwed down, knocked down, mauled around, and just plain hanging around!
With almost 39 years experience in the sport of rodeo, starting with riding rough stock including bareback, saddle bronc, and bull riding.
In 1974 Ted turned to the baggy pants and the football cleats as a rodeo clown and bullfighter working about 35 shows per year for about 10 years. While working as bullfighter in 1984 at a PRCA rodeo in Hill City Kansas, a bull from the Dorenkamp Rodeo Co. called “Zorro” also know as Frontier Airlines ended that career.
After that injury Ted worked on a few movies series, such as Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Little House on the Prairie, Father Murphy, Back to the Future III and The Shadow Riders.
Ted’s love for the sport kept him involved, working for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association office in Colorado Springs, Colorado in the public relations dept. Then Ted moved back to California where he worked for Cotton Rosser’s Flying U Rodeo Co.
In 1987 Ted got started announcing rodeos and now is announcing about 50 performances per year, for various stock contractors and rodeo committees around the country. Also, about 20 Ice Hockey games per year as well.
Ice Hockey………..yep Ted’s son Michael who is 15 years old plays for the Fresno Jr. Monsters Hockey team, which, are the 2011 California Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) State Champions and also the 2013 NorCal Champions.
Ted has been voted the International Pro Rodeo Associations “Western Region Announcer” of the year 8 times, and has been selected to be the announcer for the California Cowboys Pro Rodeo Association 4 times as well as the Pacific Collegiate Hockey Associations Adams Cup Playoffs & Finals.
Dwyer hopes his work as a rodeo announcer helps give rodeo-goers a feeling for the way the Wild West was, while also blending in an understanding of the difficulties of the modern day cowboy. Dwyer wants people to leave the stands seeing the Cowboy for what he is -- the hero of the rodeo.