The inaugural class of the RODEOHOUSTON Hall of Fame were inducted on March 17, 2024. Mike Cervi, Charmayne James, and Bob Tallman were recognized. Plaques of each inductee were revealed on the second floor of NRG Center near the Houston Livestock Show and RodeoTM main office.  

Stock Contractor Cervi has been involved in the rodeo industry for over 50 years. Cervi purchased the original Cervi Championship Rodeo string in 1967; it has since expanded into one of the largest stock contracting firms in the world. Cervi recalled the early days of RODEOHOUSTON, including a performance by Elvis, during his acceptance speech. “Thank you so much for having me,” Cervi said. 

Charmayne James went down in RODEOHOUSTON history for dominating the barrel racing category. Winning more than 10 championships, James is the winningest contestant of all time at RODEOHOUSTON. James described how grateful she was to be recognized.  

 “I just can’t thank all the committees and everybody who makes this rodeo happen,” James said. “We couldn’t do it alone; I appreciate all of you for what you do. It’s just truly an honor.” 

 Bob Tallman, the voice of RODEOHOUSTON, was inducted as well. Tallman has announced the rodeo for more than 40 years. Starting off the rodeo on an electric note, Tallman’s famous, “Hello, Houston!” has been heard all over the world. Tallman recognized the 35,000 volunteers at RODEOHOUSTON during his acceptance speech, which has grown immensely from the 7,000 he remembers from his first days with the rodeo. 

 “We were worried about where we were going to park them [the volunteers],” Tallman said. “Everybody wants to talk about ‘their rodeo’, I call this one mine.” 

 About the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo  

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo promotes agriculture by hosting an annual, family-friendly experience that educates and entertains the public, supports Texas youth, showcases Western heritage, and provides year-round educational support within the community. Since its beginning in 1932, the Rodeo has committed more than $600 million to the youth of Texas and education. The 2024 Rodeo is scheduled for Feb. 27 – March 17. The 2024 World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, presented by Cotton Holdings, is scheduled for Feb. 22 – 24. For more information, visit and follow @RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, X (Twitter), Instagram and YouTube for all the latest news.