Robert “Bob” Chambers, a renowned PRCA announcer who worked the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up for 23 years and twice drew the assignment for the National Finals Rodeo (in 1973 and 1981), died April 28 at a care facility in Pendleton. He was 90.
Chambers competed in bareback riding and bull riding for 12 seasons before starting his announcing career in 1953 at the amateur level. He joined the PRCA in 1958, debuting at the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show in Union, a relationship he would continue for 36 years, until his retirement in 1994.
In his peak years, Chambers would announce as many as 27 rodeos and travel more than 30,000 miles.
“The 1970s and 80s were a special time for the Pendleton Round-Up when Bob, our hometown guy, was the voice of the rodeo,” Pendleton President Tim Hawkins told Butch Thurman in a radio interview. “He was one of the very best in the game at the time and we were very fortunate to have him, not only as our announcer, but as a member of our community.”
Chambers was inducted into the Pendleton Round-Up Hall of Fame in 1989.
Courtesy of PRCA