Lawrence V. Birleffi

Voice of the Cowboys, 1947-86

Listen to audio interviews with Larry Birleffi by the Wyoming State Archives.

Larry Birleffi, a 1942 graduate of the University of Wyoming and native of Hartville, became the “Voice of the Cowboys” in 1947 and continued broadcasting Cowboy games for nearly 40 years. Birleffi’s journalism career began in 1937 when he was writing for UW’s campus newspaper, The Branding Iron. He began as a newspaper journalist and columnist, something he continues to this day at the Wyoming Tribune Eagle in Cheyenne. He began his broadcasting career in 1947 at station KFBC in Cheyenne. He later owned that station and the rights to the Wyoming football and basketball broadcasts. He broadcasts every Wyoming football and basketball game form 1947 through 1986. The War Memorial Stadium Working Press Area was named in his honor in 1992.

Inducted October 18, 1996

Honors and Awards

  • Sportscaster of the Year
  • Sportswriter of the Year
  • Cowboy Joe White Hat Award
  • Press Area named in his honor