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|KYKC DJ wins Rodeo Announcer Award
Jan. 9, 2004
Rich Kaye, KYKC DJ and rodeo announcer receives his "Announcer of the Year" buckle from Tim Brown, President of the Mid-Western Bull Riding Association.
Here's a switch. During the week, he wakes us up and spins country tunes at KYKC 100.1 fm radio station in Ada, Okla., keeping listerners entertained as host of the KYKC Coffee Shop and Wake Up Show. On weekends, though, Kaye trades in his headphones and studio microphone for his best black stetson, silver buckle, boots and creased wranglers you can cut yourself on them, to pick up a different type of microphone, that of a professional rodeo announcer. During his 10 years on the road as a rodeo announcer, Rich has covered rodeos and bullridings in 5 states and comments "Traveling is one of the things I enjoy most about announcing." And just recently he had the honor of announcing the Mid-Western Bull Riding Association finals in Elm Springs Arkansas where he was voted, by the board members and bullriders as the 2003 "Announcer of the Year". During his career as a rodeo announcer his achievements also include the 2000 & 2001 "Announcer of the Year" with the ThunderBull Riding Association, and was voted "Ada's Favorite Male Radio Personality" in 2002.
In addition to his Rodeo and Radio duties, Rich helps out at the new WindWalker Stable just south of Ada, operated by his wife Jennifer which includes, but not limited to full care equine boarding and local hauling.
When it comes to excitement, nothing compares to rodeo, that comment comes from being around rodeo most all of his life, from competing as a young bareback rider in the late 70's and early 80's to his present day announcing.
"I still get butterflies before I start announcing," Rich says, "but unlike years ago, now they fly in formation."
You can find more information on Rich at www.richkaye.com