Special to The Flash
STEPHENVILLE (February 15, 2017) — For the fourth consecutive year, AT&T Stadium will host RFD-TV’s The American on Sunday, February 19.
A number of professional rodeo athletes from the Cowboy Capital will be there trying to win their share of the richest one-day rodeo payout in the industry. Even others will be working the chutes and countless other behind the scenes tasks that make the event possible
But there will be another cowboy there from Stephenville that will have an entirely different role.
Randy Schmutz, a professional rodeo announcer has once again been invited to be ‘the voice’ of The American in Arlington, and has already served as the voice of the semifinals in Fort Worth. Schmutz has held the position of the live in-house public address announcer all four years of the prestigious event.
“It’s been like a fairy tale, being involved with The American,” explained Schmutz. “It is literally one of the most exciting single performances you can imagine. Some of the greatest talent in our industry get to perform on one of the biggest sports stages in the world. I’m just humbled to be a part of it.”
Schmutz was raised in the east Texas town of Center and started his announcing career there in 1987.
Like so many other professional rodeo cowboys, he moved to Stephenville in 1992, and has lived in Erath County ever since. The rodeo road has taken Schmutz far and away to places he’d never dreamed of seeing. Along the way, he’s been chosen to work professional rodeo and bull riding events from coast to coast.
Schmutz has announced events in over 200 different cities and has been selected 46 different times to work 10 different rodeo and bull riding finals. Some of those include the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (alternate), the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) World Finals, the Badlands; the Great Lakes; the Montana and Mountain States PRCA Circuit Finals Rodeos. He was also selected four times to work the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Pocatello, Idaho and he’s an eight-time College National Finals Rodeo announcer. Schmutz was the youngest to announce the National High School Finals Rodeo in 1991 and 1992 and twice served as rodeo host at the Indian National Finals Rodeo.
Schmutz has been nominated twice as PRCA Announcer of the Year and has emceed the Miss Rodeo America Pageant five times.
His talent is not limited to only announcing, as he also co-produced and directed the opening ceremonies at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo for two years. He and his wife, Amber and their three children – Cade 20, Conner 17 and Calli 16, live on their ranch just outside the Cowboy Capital of the World.