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The contract personnel for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and the National Finals Steer Roping were announced Wednesday by the PRCA.

For the eighth time in nine years, two of the announcers for the Wrangler NFR remain the same. Randy Corley and Wayne Brooks will be on the microphone for the 10 nights in Las Vegas Dec. 2-11. They will be joined by announcer Roger Mooney.

Corley, who was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2017, will be making his 20th NFR appearance, while it will be the 10th of Brooks’ career. Mooney will be making his third appearance at the NFR and second in a row.

Livestock superintendent John Barnes makes his 15th consecutive Wrangler NFR appearance. The chute bosses are Tony Amaral (timed events) and Tom Neuens (roughstock).

Sunni Deb Backstrom, who was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2021, is the NFR secretary, marking the 16th year in a row she has been selected. Jennie Murray is the assistant secretary.

Timers are Shawna Ray, making her second NFR trip in a row, Michelle Corley, who is making her first appearance as a timer, and Molly Twitchell, also making her NFR debut as a timer.

BenjeBendele is the music director.

Specialty acts for the NFR are Tomas Garcilazo, Madison MacDonald and Jessica Blair.

At the NFSR at the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kan., Nov. 12-13, Doug Mathis and Jody Carper will handle the announcing duties. This is Mathis’ second appearance at the NFSR and Carper’s seventh.

Chute boss John Gwatney is back for his 12th consecutive trip, and the arena usher is Dalton Ward, who is making his first appearance. The NFSR secretary is Mikey Jo Duggan, who is making her third trip. The timers are Sandy Gwatney and Tammy Braden. Sandy Gwatney, John’s wife, is timing for the fourth time at the NFSR. Braden is timing for the third time.

(Press release courtesy of PRCA.)