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Rodeo Historical Society
Directors’ Choice Award
Awarded in 2022
Jeff Medders

Jeff Medders


Jeff Medders has spent the last two and a half decades hosting sports programming for a who’s who of networks. In a day when so many announcers put themselves on equal footing with the event, Medders comfortable style entices the viewer to come along for the ride.  While he has the expertise to cover stick and ball sports and even Texas Hold ‘Em Poker, his first love remains a cowboy lifestyle.  He has been the television host of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo since 1991.

Medders passion for the “cowboy life” is a big reason why he has become synonymous with groups like the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, American Quarter Horse Association, National High School Rodeo Association and Championship Bull Riding.   Medders is President/CEO of Geronimo Productions – rapidly becoming the most prolific television production company in the western world.  Geronimo produces the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (CBS Sports Network), Championship Bull Riding (Fox Sports), Wrangler Champions Challenge (CBS Sports Network), the Justin Boots Playoffs (CBS Sports Network) and the Cinch High School Rodeo Tour (RFD-TV).

Medders lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with his wife Diana and their four children.  Medders owns a cattle ranch near his boyhood home in Talihina, Oklahoma. 

Medders graduated from Oklahoma State in spring of 1985 and was named an OSU College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Alumnus in 2014.  He was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2016.

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