It’s a voice of an old friend – a voice of strong values, gentle humor and quiet wisdom.
Bob Tallman is much more than a rodeo announcer. He’s the guy who knows the back-stories on the cowboys out there in the arena, bucking and roping and wrestling – because he knew their dads and granddads.
He’s the eloquent spokesman for the cowboy way, patriotism and faith and a strong work ethic.
He’s been in 11 movies, announced more National Finals Rodeos than anyone else and has been voted the PRCA’s Announcer of the Year eight times. He’s in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association Hall of Fame, the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.
And he’s coming to Decatur Oct. 28 to speak at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
Decatur’s Trevor Brazile, 11-time All-Around World Champion Cowboy, will introduce his longtime friend at the luncheon, which will be held 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Decatur Civic Center. Luncheon reservations at $12 per person can be made by calling the Chamber office at 940-627-3107.
Carey Williams, sales manager for James Wood Autos in Decatur, got the idea to bring Tallman here when he sat near him at last year’s Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo.
“As president of the North Texas Chevy Dealers, we got to sit in the president’s box, right beside the announcer above the bucking chutes,” Williams said. “To watch Bob work a rodeo – it’s a production. He’s got three computer screens in front of him and a guy helping him, so he can see who’s coming up and make comments about the guy who’s fixing to ride or rope.”
Williams said with all of Decatur’s rodeo ties, he felt Tallman would be a natural for a local speaking gig. He asked the stock show president if he thought Tallman would come and got an immediate positive response.
“I think he’ll be very interesting to listen to,” Williams said. “He’s got a very strong faith, which fits well with our community, and he understands community.
“Getting Trevor to come introduce him – that’s kind of a fun twist because he’s usually introducting Trevor.”
Williams said Tallman, a businessman and entrepreneur himself, will be able to relate to the business crowd at the Chamber lunch.
“Bob’s got a couple of businesses,” he said. “I thought it would be something everyone coming to that luncheon would enjoy.”
Tallman’s voice is heard by more than 60 million people across the U.S. and Canada each year – not only announcing some of the biggest rodeos in the world, but also recording commercials, narrating movie segments, emceeing charity events and commentating on a variety of sports programs for the Canadian Broadcasting Network, Fox Sports, ABC, TNN and ESPN.
In addition to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Tallman’s itinerary includes the Texas Stampede in Dallas, the Reno Rodeo, the Red Bluff Round Up and Canada’s legendary Calgary Stampede.
But his greatest honor, he says, is getting to use what he calls his “priceless gift from God” to touch lives with a message of hope and faith. A rancher, he has found that “planting seeds for the Lord” has a greater return.
In 2000, he launched Bob Tallman’s Charities, hosting an annual golf tournament in Houston to “Give a Child Another Day of Life” – benefiting the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Children’s Cancer Hospital. A portion of the sales from his Texas Style Seasoning business are also donated to the Children’s Cancer Hospital at MD Anderson.
Williams hopes the Civic Center’s Great Hall will be packed for the luncheon.
“The way I see these luncheons,” he said, “if it’s an interesting program that people get something out of, it’ll bring them back to the next one. Not only that – if they can just pick up one or two ideas they can take back, it can have a positive impact on their business or their life.”