Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 | 10:30 p.m.
Oklahoma native Matt West, as a professional announcer for the Professional Bull Riders and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, is the voice of pro rodeo, and, armed with a lifelong fascination of the cowboy lifestyle, strives to keep audiences informed and entertained across the United States and Canada.
West considers a career highlight being invited to announce at the PBR Built Ford Tough Series at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV, and, along with being voice talent, has spent time in front of the camera as host of a rodeo-based TV series in his home state.
West, who is based at the Mirage during the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, answered my five-question Q+A via email before the 10-day 2013 WNFR.
How does it feel to be at the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas?
The WNFR is the absolute Super Bowl of rodeo, and to be hosting the Official NFR After-Party of the PRCA at the Mirage is pretty incredible. This is one of the most-talked-about events of the year, so it’s an exciting opportunity for me.
What are you looking forward to most at the 2013 WNFR?
I’m a huge rodeo fan and this is as big as it gets, so I just want to soak it up and enjoy it as much as possible.
What is your proudest accomplishment in 2013?
It may sound cliche, but I’m just very proud that I was blessed with another year of doing something I absolutely love. No matter how many buckles or awards I receive, it’s the people I meet and the friendships we make that are the real reward.
What do you like to do while you’re in Las Vegas besides work?
Las Vegas offers so many opportunities. I love playing blackjack, so I do that as much as possible. If the weather permits, I love hanging out at a pool. I’ve committed myself to making more of an effort to see the shows that everyone talks about, especially the great entertainment options that the Mirage offers like “The Beatles’ Love,” Terry Fator and Ron White.
New Year’s resolution and/or a goal for 2014?
I don’t really make resolutions because they just get broken. My main goal is to just have another successful year doing something I love and hopefully end up back on the stage at the Mirage in December 2014.
The 10-day 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, which started last Thursday, continues through Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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