He’s been known as the voice of the World’s Oldest Rodeo for the last 32 years. But there's much more to Randy Corley than that.
Corley is also a 12-time Pro Rodeo Cowboy’s Association (PRCA) Announcer of the Year.
Now he’s a member of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.
Corley was not the only one who was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. Joining him in the 2017 induction class:
- Buck Rutherford (all-around, 1954, deceased)
- Enoch Walker (saddle bronc riding, 1960)
- Tommy Puryear (steer wrestling, 1974)
- Mike Beers (team roping, 1984)
- Cody Custer (bull riding, 1992)
- Bob Ragsdale, 22-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier in three events
- Wanda Harper Bush, barrel racer
- Charmayne James, barrel racer
- Smith & Velvet, a 4-time bareback horse of the year, owned by Christensen Bros.’
- Star Plaudit “Red” - a PRCA/WPRA equine inductee
- Ogden, Utah Pioneer Days Committee
According to the PRCA website, "Corley’s résumé is ProRodeo Hall of Fame worthy. He has been selected PRCA Announcer of the Year 12 times (1984, 1990-96, 1998, 2003, 2011 and 2015). He also has been an announcer at the National Finals Rodeo 16 times (1985-86, 1992, 1994-96, 2007-2016).”
In 2010, Randy Corley accepted another honor from the City of Prescott, acknowledging his contributions to the World’s Oldest Rodeo™ and learning that July 2, 2010 was the Randy Corley 25th Anniversary Day.
The proclamation read, "Whereas, Randy is one of rodeo's best known personalities, being name PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) Announcer of the year 10 times; and whereas, originally a bareback riding and bull riding contestant, Corley started making radio commercials and eventually went on to announcing in 1980.
"Corley's unique perspective as both a past competitor and professional announcer brings unparalleled knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport of rodeo....Randy works over 200 rodeos a year, keeping newcomers entertained as well as amazing die-hard fans' and whereas, Corley's grace when announcing this sport makes it sound so easy, when he actually spends hours studying statistics on the athletes, animals and splits.”
Corley and his wife Michelle travel to Prescott each year to do Prescott’s Rodeo. Additionally, he spends about three hours a day researching the stats of the days’ performers.