It’s the Ram National Circuit Finals of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in Guthrie, Oklahoma. The rodeo announcer is on horseback, in the arena. This nationally-recognized rodeo announcer hails from rural Kansas.
Scott Grover is this well-known rodeo announcer who does his announcing while on horseback in the arena. Grover grew up in north central Kansas near the Washington County town of Morrowville.
“When I was little, my folks took me to a rodeo,” Grover said. “I fell in love with the idea of the cowboy.”
The pastor of his dad’s Methodist church was also interested in rodeo and subscribed to the Pro Rodeo Sports News.
When the pastor was done reading each issue, he would pass it along to Grover. Grover was just a kid, but he read it with great interest.
“When I was in the third grade, I might not have been able to tell you about the history that we were supposed to be studying, but I could tell you who was in the top 15 standings in pro rodeo,” Grover said.
In high school, he was active in FFA where he polished his public speaking skills.
Grover modestly downplayed his own abilities as a rodeo competitor, but he knew he wanted to continue to be involved. He attended a Nebraska community college which hosted a collegiate rodeo. He asked the rodeo manager for a job as an announcer.
“She told me that they already had an announcer,” Grover said. “The next week, that announcer got sick on Saturday night and I was pressed into service. Sunday morning, I had a job.”
This was the break that Grover needed to get a start in the business.
He did well and continued to announce rodeos while attending Kansas State where he got a degree in agricultural education.
For four years, he taught high school agriculture during the school year and announced rodeos during the summers. Then the time had come to go out on his own to become a full-time rodeo announcer.
Today, Grover and his wife live near Camden Point, Missouri with a three-year old son and a 1-½ year old daughter. Their home is not far from the Kansas City airport, which is important.
Grover travels and announces rodeos from New York to California and from Canada to Texas.
He also hosts PBR Live (Professional Bull Riders) and other rodeo-related media and on-line communications.
Unlike most rodeo announcers who announce the rodeo from a viewing stand up high, Grover chooses to do his announcing on horseback inside the arena, using a wireless microphone. That puts him in a great position to describe the action, but it does require an agile mind and a well-trained horse.
“I saw a guy at Abilene announce the rodeo horseback and fell in love with the idea,” Grover said. “It gets you close to the crowd. I’m right in the middle of the action.”
Grover’s opening announcements also vary from location to location. “I’m not a great memorizer,” Grover said. “I find I do better if I can just come out and talk from the heart.”
This also provides him the flexibility to tailor his comments to the location, the audience, and the events of the day.
His enthusiasm for the sport of rodeo comes naturally. “I’m just a fan of the sport,” Grover said. “I love rodeo and I love talking about it.”
Grover worked his way up through the ranks of announcers. In 2014, he was selected as an announcer for the PRCA Ram National Circuit Finals. That’s quite an accomplishment for a young man from the rural community of Morrowville, population 155 people. Now, that’s rural.
“I’m not curing cancer here,” Grover said with humility. “I just want to make somebody smile and love the sport half as much as I do.”
It’s time to leave the Ram National Circuit Finals where Grover is announcing the rodeo on horseback.
We salute Scott Grover for making a difference by advancing his way up through the profession. For Scott, we can literally say: this is not his first rodeo.