Rob Reider is the most sought-after announcer on the North American Air Show circuit. His talents have earned him the highest award in the air show industry, the International Council of Air Shows “Sword of Excellence.” A former midwest television personality, Rob received 5 Emmy awards for his on-air performance and musical compositions.
Rob announced his first air show in 1978 and made it his full-time vocation in 2006. Since then he’s announced over 275 shows from Maine to California to Japan.
He’s known in the flying world as the on-camera host of the award-winning, Sporty’s Pilot Shops “Learn to Fly” videos. He’s an aviation educator who’s helped thousands of people around the world to earn their pilots licenses and advanced ratings.
One of the highlights of his career was in 2015 when he was selected to narrate the “Arsenal of Democracy Capitol Flyover,” commemorating the end of World War II in Europe. At that event more than 50 vintage World War II aircraft flew over Washington, DC., honoring those who served and sacrificed for our freedom.
2016 was also a banner year for Rob as he was tapped to be the voice of the Breitling Jet Team’s American Tour. Based in France, they are the largest civilian aerobatic team in the world flying jets, bringing the message of Breitling timepieces to air show audiences all over the world.
This season, Rob will be on the road announcing nearly two dozen shows from coast to coast. He also serves as the narrator coach for the Navy Blue Angels, USAF Thunderbirds, and the US Army Golden Knights Parachute Team.
His show business acumen, his encyclopedic aviation knowledge, his experience, and his excitement have put Rob Reider at the top of the list as the voice of many of the largest and most important air shows on the continent.
- Andrews Air Force Base – 8 years
- MCAS Miramar Air Show – 11 years
- NAS Oceana Air Show – 10 years
- California Capital Air Show – 6 years
- New York Air Show at Jones Beach – 12 years
- Dayton Air Show – 30 years
- NAS Pensacola Air Show – 11 years
- Thunder Over Michigan – 5 years
- AirVenture Oshkosh – 10 years
…just to name a few…
“Narrating a show is a wonderful opportunity to try to put an audience ‘into the cockpit.’ Besides, when I’m announcing, I have the best seat in the house!”