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RFD-TV, The Cowboy Channel, and RURAL RADIO Announce Full Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Coverage

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Fans of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo will have more viewing options as RFD-TV, The Cowboy Channel, and RURAL RADIO on SiriusXM Channel 147 will offer four hours of daily LIVE programming from Las Vegas.

For years RFD-TV has aired the Buckle Ceremony, Western Sports Round-Up with Steve Kenyon, and Outside the Barrel with Flint Rasmussen.  New, this year will be Rodeo Las Vegas, a special, one-hour program originating nightly from the Thomas & Mack Center at 8:30 p.m. (ET), immediately preceding each night’s National Finals Rodeo.  It will premiere on The Cowboy Channel and repeat on RFD-TV.

The new program, hosted by Justin McKee and Amy Wilson, will take viewers behind the scenes with their favorite athletes to see what “really” goes on in Las Vegas during NFR week. In addition, Rodeo Las Vegas will take a look at the rapidly growing sport of Fantasy Rodeo, helping players choose their lineups for each evening’s performance with expert insight and analysis.

"We are proud to partner with the PRCA to bring viewers Rodeo Las Vegas on The Cowboy Channel each evening right before the start of the NFR, and Cowboy Christmas on RFD-TV each afternoon,” said Patrick Gottsch, President and Founder of Rural Media Group. “These programs will create excitement and bring viewers the latest news and information from the Thomas & Mack Center, South Point Hotel, the Orleans, and all the other great rodeo action and competitions going on around Las Vegas.  The focus on fantasy rodeo will also be a lot of fun for rodeo fans and help give more exposure to all the cowboys and cowgirls who devote their lives to Western sports."

The Broadcast Schedule from December 6 – 15 is as follows: (All times ET)


  • 3 p.m.:  The Buckle Ceremony
  • 4 p.m.:  Western Sports Round-Up
  • 5 p.m.:  Outside The Barrel
  • 2 a.m.:  The Buckle Ceremony
  • 3 a.m.:  Western Sports Round-Up
  • 4 a.m.:  Outside The Barrel
  • 5:a.m.:  Rodeo Las Vegas

The Cowboy Channel:

  • 7:30 p.m.:  National Finals Tonight
  • 8:30 p.m.:  Rodeo Las Vegas
  • 2 a.m. / 6 a.m.:  The Buckle Ceremony
  • 3 a.m. / 7 a.m.:  Western Sports Round-Up
  • 4 a.m./ 8 a.m.:  Outside The Barrel
  • 5 a.m. / 9 a.m.:  Rodeo Las Vegas

RURAL RADIO on SiriusXM Channel 147:

  • 6 p.m.:  Western Sports Round-Up
  • 7 p.m.:  Outside The Barrel
  • 8:00 PM:  Buckle Wrap
  • 8:30 p.m.:  Rodeo Las Vegas
  • 9:30 p.m.:  National Finals Rodeo performance

Show Descriptions:

  • Rodeo Las Vegas:  Take a look behind the scenes about what really goes on in the athletes’ lives while in town for the National Finals Rodeo. Rodeo Las Vegas is also the No. 1 show for fantasy rodeo fans. We’ll also take an in-depth look at other events happening around Las Vegas.
  • Western Sports Round-Up:  Steve Kenyon recaps the previous night’s performance from the Thomas & Mack Center, explaining who’s up and who’s down, while looking ahead to see who needs a big performance to make a move up the standings.
  • Outside The Barrel:  Daily talk show hosted by famous barrel man and entertainer Flint Rasmussen.  The celebrity and humor-filled show is a must see for all rodeo fans.
  • National Finals Tonight:  National Finals Tonight® features rodeo highlights and interviews with some of the most recognizable names in the world of professional rodeo. Hosted by eight-time PRCA World Champion and ProRodeo Hall of Fame Cowboy Don Gay, along with eight-time PRCA World Champion and ProRodeo Hall of Fame Cowboy Joe Beaver and TV Host Dan Miller.
  • The Buckle Ceremony:  Filmed each evening at The South Point, each night’s winners are presented with their go-round buckles.
  • Buckle Wrap:  Highlights of The Buckle Ceremony with Steve Kenyon airing each evening on RURAL RADIO on SiriusXM Channel 147


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