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Roper Review: Brian Doty
Written by: Teri Edwards< Back to Articles
Brian Doty grew up in the small town of Joshua, a few miles south of Ft. Worth. Brian attributes his love of all things cowboy to the time he spent with his calf roping uncle, Richard Doty, and cousins, Ricky and Rocky Doty. As a youngster Brian spent as much time as possible watching and learning from his cousins. As a young man Brian roped a little and rode bulls for a while. Once he was grown and got his own place and horses, Brian started team roping.
Now, at 39, with a flourishing career in television and radio, Brian is able to put it in perspective.
“Even though I live in the country and have access to the family ranch of 400 acres, I don’t really get to live the cowboy lifestyle I love,” says Doty. “My uncle once told me ‘I’m a cowboy at heart even though I don’t live the lifestyle daily,’ and that’s always stuck with me. I haven’t always had the opportunity even though it’s been a passion.”
“The show I host, This Is Country TV, has given me the opportunity to experience that lifestyle. Along with other segments, I show a day in the life of a cowboy and work cattle on big ranches. We film brandings where we rope, drag, and brand cattle. It gives people an idea what actual cowboys do in a day’s work.”
Brian’s interests and passions have always been outdoor hobbies like hunting or cowboy activities. His journey into television, radio and hosting began after he created a hunting DVD for Cabelas. Friends encouraged him to pursue a television show so Brian called the Sportsman channel where he was told to send in a pilot. The pilot showed Brian bear hunting in Canada. Two weeks after sending it in, Sportsman Channel contacted Brian and offered him a spot. Later that year, Brian was recognized at their awards show in Las Vegas for Best New Series.
“This is Country” is Brian’s television show where he is able to cover all the things he loves: western lifestyle, country music and hunting. “This is Country” has aired on the Wrangler Network.
“I started doing my radio show, ‘On Air with Brian Doty for something extra to do. The very first show, I got my friend, Casey Donahew, to be my guest and play songs so I didn’t have to talk alone the full hour. I play all Texas Red Dirt country music and in between talk about rodeos & festivals. Now, my show airs on 40 country stations across 15 states, and can be listened to via cell phone or computer on Cowboy Lifestyle Network.”
After being known as the “hunting guy,” Brian saw the need to expand his resume. Now, in addition to television and radio, Brian has become a sought after event host. Doty has hosted all the Major Texas Music Festivals, Miss Texas pageant interviews, Stockyards Rodeo Insider, Friday Night Fight Series, PBR Arena interviews, acted in several music videos & national commercials such as AT&T, models for several companies, and he has a major role in a new Billy the Kid movie that will be filmed this year.
“Since 2014, I’ve done my live show in Vegas during the NFR and do the Wrangler Network interviews as well”
Brian is a single dad and proud of his two children, a son, Hunter, 16; and daughter, Presley, 7. Brian and Hunter enjoy roping the mechanical dummy and Presley runs barrels on her bombproof horse.
Brian closes his radio shows with, “I want you guys to take just a minute to think how blessed we are and be thankful for what we have. Attitudes are contagious so pass on a smile. God Bless!”
Who were your roping or rodeo heroes?
My uncle, Richard Doty, trained horses; and my two cousins, Ricky and Rocky were both calf ropers.
Who do you respect most in the world?
Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
If you had a day off what would you like to do?
I would love to spend the day on a ranch, working cattle.
All the Pretty Horses
What’s the last thing you read?
Cinderella, to my daughter.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Blessed, Driven, Happy.
What makes you happy?
When my kids are happy.
What makes you angry?
When a compact car blocks the diesel pump.
If you were given 1 million dollars, how would you spend it?
I would invest it & start my own charity for kids with western lifestyle interest.
What is your worst quality – your best?
My best quality is being a good dad. My worst is replying to text messages & phone calls.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
In ten years, hopefully remarried with more land and be further along in my career.