Contract Personnel Named for WNFR and NFSR

by | Oct 12, 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The contract personnel for the Dec. 3-12 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and the Nov. 6-7 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping have been announced, and the lists feature some familiar names.

For the third straight year, the trio of announcers for the WNFR remains the same. Boyd Polhamus of Brenham, Texas, Randy Corley of Silverdale, Wash., and Wayne Brooks of Lampasas, Texas, will be on the microphone for the 10 nights in Las Vegas. It marks the 17th consecutive year Polhamus will announce the WNFR, and his 20th overall. It’s Corley’s 15th WNFR appearance, and the fifth of Brooks’ career.

Livestock superintendent John Barnes of Sutherland, Iowa, makes his 10th consecutive WNFR appearance, and is joined by chute bosses Tony Amaral of Lagrande, Ore. (timed-event) and Tom Neuens of Powell, Wyo. (roughstock). Benje Bendele of Dublin, Texas, is the music director.

Sunni Deb Backstrom of Congress, Ariz., is the WNFR secretary, which marks the 10th year in a row she has been selected, and the 13th overall. Penny Walton of Billings, Mont., is the assistant secretary.

Timer Tammy Braden of Welch, Okla., is making her third straight trip, and is joined by Jessi Franzen of Riverton, Wyo. (second straight year) and Amy Muller of Agar, S.D., who’s making her inaugural trip.

On the NFSR side, the announcing team of Charlie Throckmorton of Grandview, Texas, and Jody Carper of Jamul, Calif., is back for 2015.

Throckmorton has announced the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping 15 times in a row, 16 times overall – second only to legendary rodeo announcer McSpadden himself (27 times and 17 in a row). Carper makes his third appearance this year.

Chute boss John Gwatney of Marquez, Texas, is back for his sixth consecutive trip, while pickup man Butch Braden of Welch, Okla., makes his fifth appearance in a row and secretary Sandy Gwatney of Marquez, Texas, is back for the second time.

Both timers – Roberta Sankey of Joliet, Mont., and Darla Kelley of Kansas City, Mo. – make their first trip to the NFSR, while Jill Franzen of Weatherford, Texas, is the music director.

Courtesy of PRCA