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Happy Trails With Dawni O'Bryan: Catching Up with Tanner Barth

By Dawni O'Bryan

February 23, 2022

As a reporter of rodeo news and happenings, I often visit the website of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association based in Colorado Springs. It has all the results of the professional rodeos and some news clips of what is happening at the pro level. There is a familiar name associated with many of the articles that come across the news feed. Tanner Barth, former Holly, CO resident, is the media coordinator for the association. He writes many of the articles and conducts interviews as part of his job.

Barth graduated from Holly High School in 2012 and pursued a degree in mass communications at Kansas State University in Manhattan. After graduation from K State in 2016, Barth took a job at a radio station (KBRX) in O’Neill, Nebraska. He worked there for a year before taking a position as the sports anchor/reporter in Grand Junction. His move to Colorado landed him at a television station (KKCO) where he worked for two years. The opportunity then presented itself to go east and he took a position in Wilmington, North Carolina. He worked for WWAY television news. He became the sports director for the station. He had little segments such as “Tanner’s Tee Off Tuesday,””5th Quarter,” and “Full Court Press.” He covered things such as hurricanes, as well. He actually got to interview Michael Jordan, who is a native of Wilmington and the owner of the Charlotte Hornets basketball team. He gathered information about some of the destruction from the hurricane to one of Jordan’s James R. Jordan Boys and Girls Club outreach centers. He spent three years with WWAY and then decided he would like to be a little closer to home.

The 28-year old is now the media coordinator for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association based in Colorado Springs. He enjoys sharing the message of the PRCA and the western lifestyle that he grew up with in the southeast corner of the state. He gets to dig into the back story of cowboys and cowgirls as they are living their rodeo dreams.

During our visit, he explained that some of his interviews with the world’s top cowboys happen remotely through Zoom, Instagram, or phone. He does do some interviews in person and gets to go to three to ten rodeos a year to rub shoulders with the rodeo icons.

He and his team of media personnel spend 15 days in Las Vegas, NV covering the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December. Now, the sport of rodeo has him wearing his western shirt and cowboy hat as he interviews the winners, and he is a quick thinker to come up with questions pertaining to each event.

As our visit continued, we spoke of people we both knew, the farms and ranches south of Holly, his high school English teacher, and hometown newspapers. He was very at ease being the one interviewed even though he is used to being the one holding the mic and asking the questions.

Southeast Colorado should be proud of the young man representing this area on one of the biggest platforms of the rodeo business. Watch for his name and his face. He is a mover and shaker as he makes a name for himself as the voice of the PRCA.

Happy Trails.

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