Last week, the Calgary Stampede was in full force (July 4-13), and at the event, there was a very special historical moment that involved voice over that I’d like to share with you. In addition to that, as we do every week, I’d like to ask you about the kind of work you lassoed this past week in the wonderful world of voice overs! There’s a lot going on in the biz and I hope to hear from many of you who’ve been waiting to holler your successes from the highest hilltops. Find out more about this special milestone and add your comments to this week’s edition of VOX Daily’s Who Got the Gig!
Voice Over History Made at the 2008 Calgary Stampede
The 2008 Calgary Stampede GMC Rangeland Derby was an historic chuckwagon event that marked the final time that legendary announcer Joe Carbury voiced his trademark slogan “ œAnd, they™re off. After a distinguished 45 years as announcer of the Stampede™s chuckwagon races, Carbury rode off into a well-deserved retirement after this year™s Stampede.
Hall of Fame Worthy
Joe Carbury was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. Joe started broadcasting sports events in 1948, now 50 years ago, and to that end is one of the most recognized voices in sport in western Canada. The good old hockey game was his first love having broadcast well over 1,000 games from semi-professional to Junior.
The art of Play-by-play was a great passion for Joe, and over his career he performed play-by-play for the Edmonton Eskimos and the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Over his career, Joe Carbury announced at boxing matches, curling and a number of amateur sports including high school football. Joe Carbury broadcast over twenty-five thousand thoroughbred races and his distinctive voice has thrilled people from around the world at the Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Chuckwagon races.
All in a Half-Century’s Work
I came upon this piece of information because I was driving to a friend’s last night and happened to hear an interview featuring Joe Carbury on the CBC. Before he announced at the Calgary Stampede, he started out in radio announcing sports games, and later found himself with a regular gig announcing at the infamous Stampede in Calgary, Alberta for a record 45 years. Talk about longevity!
That Being Shared, What Have You Been Up To?
Looking forward to reading about your successes!