Making his 23rd appearance at the California Rodeo Salinas, Wayne Brooks is calling the action he was once a part of. A professional saddle bronc rider-turned announcer in 1993, Brooks is one of the sport’s top announcers. Brooks was awarded the honor of being chosen as the PRCA Announcer of the Year in 2005, 2010, 2013, 2014 and again in 2016. Wayne says one of his most memorable moments in Salinas was when he announced for everyone to clear the arena before the freestyle bullfights and seconds later a spectator ran across the dirt and got thrown into the air by a fighting bull, losing a shoe and landing on his head! Luckily, no one was injured.
Joining Brooks in the announcing booth again this year is Montana-native Will Rasmussen who started announcing in Salinas in 1999. A professional announcer since 1994, Rasmussen's trademark is his enthusiasm for the sport and his ability to involve the entire audience in each of the rodeo events. His commentary is down-to-earth, sprinkled with rodeo facts and trivia that make the show understandable and enjoyable for veteran fans and first-time enthusiasts. "I'm committed to getting the audience totally involved in every performance," he says. His personal knowledge of the sport, sense of humor and timing blend together for a quality presentation that enhances the rodeo and satisfies the fans. "I guess it's my sense that you need more than just a rodeo," he says. "People want to be entertained."