Professional Rodeo Announcer Joe Scully, ProRodeo MC Featured on #RodeoChat
Recently my social media friend Paige Gregory asked if I would be interested in doing #rodeochat, a weekly Tweet-Up discussion with members of the Rodeo Community. The premise was #myOFR (Ontario Finals Rodeo) and what goes into it from an announcer perspective... to be able to talk twitter, Ontario Rodeo and Announcing... I was in.
Of course, scheduling got a lil' whacky, so, while running cable and setting speakers, I would duck around a corner to tweet my answers; so compounded with tweets being 140 characters or less with the need to multi-task, my answers weren't as deep and profound as normal, but it was still a great experience.
The Tee-Up Post:
Professional Rodeo Announcer
Joe Scully, is an award-winning PROFESSIONAL Rodeo Emcee and Live-Event Sound Artisan from Canada! As a Canadian, you’ll notice that this cowboy has a different accent then some of the announcers here in America. Joe, is a Professional Rodeo Announcer in 3 different Rodeo Associations today such as: IPRA, PRCA, ORA. To be a Rodeo Announcer you must do your homework, and study all of the riders that are competing in the Rodeo/bull riding that day! Joe being a Canadian Professional Rodeo Announcer, sticks out of the crowd and amazes Rodeo fans with his history and research as he Emcee’s the Rodeo world with his TRUE talents whether that be announcing a rodeo or spreading his “brand” across the social media world! With that being said…
Joe Scully will be joining me on #rodeochat THIS Thursday to talk about the Ontario Finals Rodeo: Ancaster this coming weekend (March 22-24) http://www.joescully.com/rodeo/events/details/148-ontario-finals-rodeo-ancaster.html! Joe Scully, will be the Rodeo announcer for the Ontario Finals Rodeo for his 6TH times this year! To follow along Use/Follow #rodeochat on Twitter to JOIN in on the chat every Thursday night at 8 PM CT! More Info: http://twitter.com/RodeoChat
We hope y’all have a wonderful week, and we hope to see each and every one of you THIS Thursday night over on #rodeochat at 8 PM CT!
- Paige Gregory
The Rodeo Chat Replay:
Good Evening #rodeochat fans! Tonight, were shining the spotlight on @ORArodeo Finals Rodeo Announcer Joe Scully (@rodeoannouncer)!
By the way, #rodeochat starts now! Joe, are you ready to get this #rodeochat started?
let 'er rip! Good eve!
Hello! How's your Day been today?
Crazy! Still running 'round, setting sound as we speak!
Holy cow! There should be an award for best multi-tasker around that can tweet & work at the same time :)
Question 1: So Joe...how did you get involved with Rodeo announcing? Was it something you've always had an interest for?
I started as a rodeo clown as a teen and went into radio broadcasting for college, and kinda melded the 2 together. I learned a lot of what I didn't like by working with announcers and targeted my own style that was clown/show friendly
Very cool! Seems like it worked very well for you in your announcing career.
Question 2: What kind of work did it take to become a Professional Rodeo Announcer? Did you have to reach certain requirements?
Step 1 was practice and polish. Step 2 was book and promote. Started doing more gigs and working for more contractors. Finally, submitted 5 events for the PRCA to send someone to evaluate me. Once I was approved, then I was professionally carded. But professional is more than a card... It's a passion for the craft and solid business ethics, with professional polish.
Question 3: How many rodeos/bull ridings do you announce every year? What's something new your doing this year that you didn't do last year?
I do about 30 events/year and upwards of 80 performances. I'm in a lighter area for rodeo numbers so I complement my schedule. So monster trucks and demo derbies keep it interesting. New events would include the cirque-de-soleil-type show I wrote the script for and announced last week. But equine training shows and extreme cowboy races are the new thing I'm rocking. And A-shows (show jumping) in 2013.
Question 4: So you're getting ready to announce the @ORArodeo Finals Rodeo. How did you get that job under your belt?
The 1st time I announced the #myOFR was my 1st year announcing. It was an honour selected as a rookie. It changes hands a lot, but this is my 6th #myOFR... Being President of the @ORArodeo Association helps, haha. But I like the competitors, I know 'em all
Question 5: How are you getting yourself prepared to announce the @ORArodeo Finals?
Preparation is key. Make sure every competitor has back story, if it's not championships, then Facebook updates, haha. From there will be scripting my computer to see playoffs and potentials to storyline every ride and run. Soon as the clock/buzzer stops; seeing how that changes year end standings. It's all about up to the second story lines.
(Last question) Question 6: @rodeoannouncer How hard is it to keep an audience occupied for a couple of hours during a rodeo?
It's about content and energy.
Content: storyline and reason to cheer on every competitor. Sponsors as product placement.
Energy: music and spoken word going up and down. Like a race car, you can't stay wide open the whole time. You can't yell 24/7. You can't have people tuned in whole time...You gotta work it like a roller coaster. It's a craft. Constantly being tweaked
Thank you so much Joe Scully (@rodeoannouncer) for taking the time out of your day to chat with us on #rodeochat Tonight, we really do appreciate it!
It was fun! Thanks for having me!