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07.17.2014
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CBR’S Broadcast Team is as Good as it Gets

The beauty of bull riding is that anything that can happen at any time which keeps the audience on the edge of their seats, whether in the grandstands or sitting on the couch, CBR fans are privileged to some of the industry’s best talent in sideline reporting and commentary.

Broadcasting bull riding is hard. The pedals and gears of the mind are always turning following the 8 seconds of nonstop action. It takes a small army of technicians, cameramen, and broadcasters to bring you that 3,600 seconds of bull riding for the CBR on Fox Sports Network. 

The voice we hear most often is that of sports broadcaster Jeff Medders.  Medder’s Geronimo Productions has assembled a first rate team within the western lifestyle entertainment genre. Medders’ operates Geronimo from a high tech office near Tulsa, Oklahoma. He’s an (over) active Oklahoma State University alumni as well as a fan of the Oklahoma Thunder. He plays golf with Rodney Carrington on his rare days off, but rodeo is what he does best. Awards line the walls of Jeff’s offices for both excellence in production and as a sports broadcaster.

In addition to Championship Bull Riding, Medders produces the ten day broadcast of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and the pre and post shows on the Great American County (GAC) channel, the National High School Finals Rodeo as well as the Intercollegiate National Finals.  He is the former on-air talent for America’s Horse and a former daily sports broadcaster in his hometown of Tulsa.   

While Medders is in the booth and occasionally behind the camera, on the dirt is Chute Boss Tuff Hedeman. Hedeman gives the television audience an inside “up close and personal” viewpoint on the bulls and the cowboys.  As a 4 time World Champion bull rider, no one is more qualified to commentate better than Tuff. Within the sport, Hedeman is the rare rider whose input is valued as much as his output.  His knowledge of the bucking stock, combined with 20 plus years of strapping himself to a bucking beast, results in an industry exclusive experience for the television audience on Sunday nights.

Behind the chutes is Championship Bull Riding sideline reporter Ali Dee. Dee is completing her third year as the host of the CBR on Fox Sports Network.  She was recently honored with an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Sports Programming. The award came from her work on Mavs Insider, which airs every Friday on Fox Sports Southwest and in the arena prior to the Dallas Mavericks basketball games.

As an industry insider, Ali offers a unique perspective on bull riding. “I enjoy showcasing the passion that these guys have for their sport. Whether they are 7-foot tall basketball players or 5-foot-5 bull riders, they still have the same passion and it is fun to relay that to the fans,” said Ali Dee. “I have always been a huge sports fan and Cory has really helped me with the bull riding side in terms of what questions to ask and how best to tell each riders story. I really enjoy both.”

“It was nice to finally be able to add a trophy of my own to our mantle, as our home is full of all of Cory’s awards and trophies,” noted Ali Dee, whose longtime love is two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier and retired bull professional bull rider Cory Melton.

In addition to her television work, Ali Dee spends a great deal of time working as a Texas country singer, songwriter and guitarist. She was also cast as a leading character on CMT’s Texas Women. 

Clint Craig is the latest addition to the broadcast team. As a former CBR bull rider, he is very familiar with the bulls and the riders. Candidly commenting on his colleague’s style, strengths, and weaknesses seems second nature to the rookie broadcaster.  He guides the viewer thru the ride jump for jump. Clint is from Mena, Arkansas and has 1,116 outs recorded on probullstats. Triple that number and that is probably the number of actual times he has lowered himself onto a bull and nodded his head. Craig is a former George Paul Memorial Bull Riding Champion and has a career 33 90 point plus rides. His highest marked ride was a 94 point score on Rafter H Rodeo’s 817 Drifter at the Sikeston Rodeo in August of 2004.

Championship Bull Riding’s broadcast team will all be in Cheyenne next week combing the sidelines, bleachers and dressing rooms to bring you the best two hours of bull riding on television.

So Tune in, log on, and join Championship Bull Riding on Fox Sports Network. The 2014 CBR World Finals at Cheyenne Frontier Days will air Sunday, August 17 and 24. Check your local listings for airing dates and times.

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Link to CBR on FSN Schedule

Cheyenne Frontier Days begins July 19th through the 27th with the CBR World Finals July 21st and 22nd. For tickets and information please go to cbrbull.com and CFDRodeo.com – Ticket information - 800.227.6333. For more information on CBR see cbrbull.com or leighann@theshortround.com – 940.902.1112.


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