STEPPING UP: Larry Cann is excited to be one of the rodeo announcers at this year's Sydney Royal Easter Show.
STEPPING UP: Larry Cann is excited to be one of the rodeo announcers at this year's Sydney Royal Easter Show. Jessica McGrath

Larry goes from rodeo to the radio

RODEO: Veteran rodeo announcer and rider Larry Cann is pleased to join the team of announcers at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

The Sydney main ring of 20,000 people will probably be the biggest gig he has taken on, with the best cowboys in the business competing, he said.

"The Royal Show is a test to portray the levels of professionalism I have come to," Cann said.

He rode professionally as a cowboy until late 2011, qualifying for national finals in Australia and competing in rodeo competitions in Canada and the US.

The Yarraman local has always stayed in touch with the sport, travelling around to various shows and working as an announcer.

"It's been quite the journey really, a lot of miles but a lot of fun," Cann said.

His journey from a rodeo cowboy to a radio announcer became the joke of his life as he traded out two letters in the career change, he said.

As a seasoned announcer, he won the 2010 international broadcaster of the year with the Country Music Association and people's choice in Tamworth.

When announcing, he always tries to give fans a better understanding of the sport by explaining any guidelines.

"Hopefully with that understanding they might gain an appreciation of the professionalism," he said.

Cann works as a teacher aide in Kingaroy and finds his rodeo adventures are a fun talking point with his students.

Cann will also announce some lunch-time country music sessions and perform with his guitar to fill in some guest spots.

Today will be his first Sydney show but he will travel back to Queensland for the Easter weekend to announce at other shows, including the Brymaroo Easter Saturday rodeo.

For any interested fans, the Sydney rodeo will be streamed live on the show website.

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