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Legendary rodeo announcer dies

By: JOE PAISLEY
July 9, 2008
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photo - Jake Hettinger, of Jacksboro, Tex., competed in the steer wrestling on the opening night of the 68th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. Photo by BY KEVIN KRECK, THE GAZETTE
Jake Hettinger, of Jacksboro, Tex., competed in the steer wrestling on the opening night of the 68th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. Photo by BY KEVIN KRECK, THE GAZETTE 

ProRodeo Hall of Famer Clem McSpadden died after a lengthy battle with cancer Monday in Houston.


The former U.S. Congressman from Oklahoma was general manager of the National Finals Rodeo for 18 years in Oklahoma City (1967-84), a past president of the Rodeo Cowboys Association and one of the sport's top announcers for more than 50 years. He was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1990.


McSpadden announced at the National Finals Steer Roping a record 27 times from 1963-2000.


In 1986, he was named PRCA Announcer of the Year and Cowboy Hall of Fame Man of the Year.


"Clem was the godfather of all of ‘em," ProRodeo Hall of Famer Roy Cooper said in a PRCA press release. "He was the voice of rodeo. Clem McSpadden has done more for our sport than any other individual. Now Clem's up there where the great ones roam, with Sonny Davis, Freckles Brown and Jim Shoulders."


Wear pink night
Tonight is Wrangler Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night at the rodeo when the Norris-Penrose Event Center is populated by fans and contestants wearing pink in support of raising awareness and money for breast cancer research.


The Pikes or Peak or Bust Rodeo will donate $1 for every fan and $5 for every contestant wearing pink to the Peak Vista Community Health Centers.


Wednesday results
The best event at Wednesday's performance of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo was the saddle bronc competition. Mike Outhier's 87 points on Linda Lou edged Marty Eakin's 84 on Griz.


Other top performers included bull rider Cameron Bland who won with an 83. Canadian Dusty LaValley won bareback with an 85 on Painted Chip. Matt Reeves won steer wrestling in a time of 5.0 seconds.


Other event winners were Denver barrel racer Sheryl Boone, 17.79 seconds; Jesse Childers, 9.6 seconds in tie down roping; and Arizona team ropers Derrick Begay and Victor Aros, 4.2 seconds.

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