It was while being raised in Cleburne Doug Mathis fell in love with the rodeo.
After riding bulls for a while, he picked up a microphone and now travels all over the United States as the announcer. Mathis was recently named Announcer of the Year by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association.
In addition to his announcing duties, Mathis has worked in the National Finals Rodeo media room for over 20 years making sure the round winners get to the TV interviews each night as well as help facilitate any media contestant interview requests.
Also a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, his voice is heard by North Texans at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. His first show was for the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association in Lubbock.
ProRodeo Hall of Fame American rodeo announcer Bob Tallman was the one who encouraged him to become an announcer, Mathis said.
“Everybody likes the bull riding,” Mathis said. “That’s probably the most exciting part just watching guys trying to stay on the back of the bull.
“My personal favorite is the bronc riding. It’s the hardest the learn. There’s a lot more to it than most people would know. I’m a fan of every part of the rodeo.”
He was humbled when he was told about the recognition.
“I’m very blessed to get it,” he said. “When you work as long as I have, you work every day trying to be the best you can possibly be. You try to find human interest stories about each candidate to shine the best light on them. It’s very nice to get recognized for what you do.”
His wife, Dee Mathis, said she’s proud of her husband for his accomplishments.
“He’s one of the best in the business,” she said. “He has the best voice for the microphone.”
Doug Mathis never thought he would be an announcer for a living.
“I never thought a little road out of Cleburne, Texas would lead me to where I am today,” he said. “It’s kind of amazing to look back and see where I’ve been.”
He will receive his award at the annual WPRA Star Celebration on Dec. 5 at the grand ballroom of the South Point Hotel Casino & Spa in Las Vegas during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
For information, visit wpra.com.