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Monroe native to call action at championship bull riding event

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FORT WORTH, (KNOE 8 News & CBR) - Monroe native Andy Stewart will join 8 time World Champion Bull Rider Don Gay in the announcer’s booth for next month’s CBR Road to Cheyenne Tour Finals held in conjunction with Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

“His enthusiasm is contagious”, stated Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Benny Cude from the National Headquarters of Championship Bull Riding located in the Fort Worth Stockyards.

The forty three year old from Collinston, La., is making his third trip to the “Daddy of ‘Em All” Frontier Park rodeo arena. It is an achievement Stewart is proud to list as one of the highlights of his career. For twelve consecutive years Stewart has been selected as a member of the CBR World Finals production staff including announcing one of the first CBR tour stops held in Huntsville, Alabama in 2002.

Andy got his start in a small town near Monroe, Louisiana, where the Burl Stewart family used to practice their favorite sport in the family roping arena. Andy would imitate the professional calls he heard from the rodeo announcers as they roped. In 1991, tired of listening to the “call of the rodeo” day in and day out, that roper’s mom dared her oldest son to try announcing professionally. “The first real gig I did I was clueless, but everyone said I did well so it just sort of snowballed from then”, said Andy Stewart, the house arena announcer recently selected for the upcoming CBR World Finals.

Bull riding fans will recognize Andy’s voice from the hundreds of rodeos he works including the Southeastern Circuit Finals, the RAM National Circuit Finals and in March of this year he was one of the in house voices in front of 35,000 rodeo fans attending the inaugural “American” competition, held at the Dallas AT & T Stadium. Stewart is a five time PRCA announcer of the year nominee, but is appropriately branded as the “fastest brain in bull riding”. Stewart is known to study for months learning each and every detail of the cowboys and the stock they attempt to ride. Immediately following the performance Stewart will film a “video wrap-up” featuring his enthusiastic color commentary and his distinctive ability to take the internet and social media audience to a place they cannot see.

“I am really excited that Tuff and the CBR are including me in the bull riding at Cheyenne Frontier Days. It’s a privilege to be in one of the great arenas of all time and work alongside two bull riding legends.” stated Andy Stewart. We caught up with Andy in between rodeos for an in depth look at the man behind the microphone.

What was your first pro announcing job? Announcing the slack at the Deridder (LA) High School Rodeo

WHAT I LIKE..

BUCKING BULL: Footloose, Carr Pro Rodeo. EVENT: Besides Cheyenne, the National Championship Chuck Wagon Races in Clinton, Arkansas - 30,000 people and 7,000 horses and mules on one ranch. WORDS: If you are going to do something try to be the best. TECHNOLOGY: Snapchat; I met another guy named Andy at a rodeo. We keep in touch. He’s from Germany and he owns the only pick-up truck in his town. INVENTION: zip ties. MEAL: Anything my wife cooks. DRINK: Diet Coke. SUPERHEROES: Ironman. PRO ATHLETE: Drew Brees. MEMENTO: Awards from the Outdoor Channel (fan favorite for two years) TO DO: Duck Hunt, fish, and play the guitar.

WHAT I LIKE ABOUT..

CFD: The grandeur and tradition. The western experience that is kept alive by CFD: It attracts people from all across the world. MY JOB: Opportunity to pray in front of lots of people; second would be the people I meet. I have the chance to touch their lives. I am given an opportunity to pray for all those. DON GAY: His candidness; he is not afraid to say what he is thinking, he has been on a bull and I haven’t. CBR WORLD FINALS: Exciting play by play action and it’s always a race for the world title; the talent is at such a high level; best bull riding in the world as far as I am concerned. BULL RIDING: unpredictable high energy sport. COMPETING:As a team roper learning how to win. TUFF HEDEMAN: His unwavering honesty

Stewart and his wife Shelley live in Collinston, Louisiana with their son Kash (20) and daughter Shaye (18). Stewart is sponsored by Cinch Jeans, Hy O Silver, and J & H Boots and Jeans located in West Monroe, Louisiana. To contact Andy email him at Therodeovoicela@aol.com.

 

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