Pro Rodeo Announcer,
and more ...
With more than two decades of experience in the industry and a Wrangler and Ariat endorsee, Rasmussen is a veteran rodeo announcer who, since advancing to the PRCA ranks in 1994, has shared his style of announcing with rodeo fans in Montana and across the United States.
Will's work has included hundreds of appearances at rodeo and rodeo-related events across the nation, including:
- 3x Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo (DNCFR) * Pocatello, Idaho
- California Rodeo * Salinas, California
- Greeley Stampede * Greeley, Colorado
- Redding Rodeo * Redding, California
- Livermore Rodeo * Livermore, California
- Lewiston RoundUp * Lewiston, Idaho
- Sheridan Wyo Rodeo * Sheridan, Wyoming
- Montana ProRodeo Circuit Finals * Great Falls, Montana, 12 consecutive years
- Big Sky ProRodeo RoundUp * Great Falls, Montana
- Moses Lake RoundUp * Moses Lake, Washington
- Strawberry Days * Pleasant Grove, Utah
- Magic Valley Stampede * Filer, Idaho
Definite Style. Rasmussen's trademark is his enthusiasm for the sport and his ability to involve the entire audience ineach of the rodeo events. His commentary is down-to-earth, sprinkled with rodeo facts and trivia that make the show understandable and enjoyable for veteran fans and first-time enthusiasts. "I'm committed to getting the audience totally involved in every performance," he says.
His personal knowledge of the sport, sense of humor and timing blend together for a quality presentation that enhances the rodeo and satisfies the fans. "I guess it's my sense that you need more than just a rodeo," he says. "People want to be entertained."
Rasmussen is a fast thinker, who adjusts to the quicksilver changes of pace in the rodeo arena with humor and aplomb and is comfortable commenting on all facets of the sport.
Rodeoing Rasmussens. The 48-year-old Montana man's love of rodeo stems from his experience as the oldest child of the"Rodeoing Rasmussens," a family in which just about everyone was involved in the sport of rodeo. His mother is a timer and his father an experienced announcer. One brother is a competitor, while his youngest brother, Flint, is an 8x 'PRCA Clown of the Year.' Will's dad, Stan, helped him get started in the business. "He called me and told me he had scheduled two rodeos for the same weekend," Will says. "He needed me to bail him out." That was back in 1981 when Will drove to Gardiner, Montana, to announce the Upper Yellowstone Stampede. "I was deathly afraid, but it went pretty well," he recalls.
In rodeo announcing, Rasmussen had found a way to blend his love of the rodeo industry and his skills as a radio announcer. At that time, he had become a popular Bozeman, Montana, Disc Jockey and later worked at a radio station in Shelby, Montana.
The thrill of announcing ... Since then, Rasmussen's interest in announcing has grown from a weekend hobby to a full-time career and he has found his place among the top announcers in his profession. While expanding his range and the variety of rodeos he has worked, Rasmussen has groomed his voice and skills to give rodeo-goers the best time they can have. "My job is not only to inform, but also to entertain. It is absolutely critical that paying people want to pay to come back next year," he says. Rasmussen says the thrill of announcing rodeos never gets old. "It's a great reward to have thousands of people respond positively to something that's happened and to know you helped that along," he says.
Back at the Ranch ... Will grew up in Choteau, Montana, raising horses and cattle on the family's place just outside of town, and was an outstanding high school football player and vocalist. After graduating from Choteau High School, he attended Montana State University in Bozeman. He used to coach high school basketball and now follows the school- and sports-related activities of his children--Curt, Kyla, Casey Jo, Quincy and Shamus. His beautiful wife, Gabrielle, manages the Log Cabin Cafe in Choteau.