Mike Roden was born and raised right here in the Panhandle in Memphis. He began his radio career as a weekend DJ for KBGH-AM in Memphis during high school. After graduating in 1979, he also worked for several months at KCTX-AM in Childress before heading to West Texas State University in Canyon. In 1981, Mike returned to his roots to work at KLSR-FM in Memphis. He eventually became station’s General Manager for several years and it was during that time that he found his real passion in radio, high school sports. His first sports job was as the play-by-play announcer for the Memphis Cyclones in football and basketball. Mike moved to Amarillo in 1986 and began his KGNC career as a weekend DJ before the Talk Radio days. He moved to a full-time board operator position the following year before moving into the Sports Director’s position in 1989. It was that same year he also began doing color commentary and eventually play-by-play for local high school football, basketball, volleyball and baseball teams on the Amarillo Sports Network, which is now known as the Texas Panhandle Sports Network. Mike spends much of his time with his daughter Addison and son Avery. He is a member of Coulter Road Baptist Church.
Venom Season Ends with Playoff Loss
The Amarillo Venom’s season came to an Monday night with a 56-45 playoff loss at home to the Texas Revolution.
WT Athletics Announces “Pistol” Pete Pedro Memorial Scholarship
West Texas A&M will be honoring the memory of the late “Pistol Pete” Pedro with a memorial scholarship.
Red Raiders Clinch Berth in College World Series
Texas Tech is going to the College World Series for the third time in five seasons.
Venom Receiver Wins Weekly Honor
Amarillo Venom receiver Raymond Johnson is the Offensive Player of the Week in Champions Indoor Football.
Former Sandie Randon Johnson to Take Over AHS Baseball Program
Amarillo ISD Director of Athletics, Brad Thiessen, has announced that he will bring the name of Randon Johnson to be approved by the AISD Board of Trustees at their next meeting as the Head Baseball Coach for Amarillo High School.
Sandies Baseball to Play for Regional Title
The Amarillo Sandies baseball team is the last area team still playing in the 2017-2018 school year.
Several Local Teams Still Alive in Playoffs
Graduation is coming up and the school year is just about over, but for several local high school sports teams, the season continues.
Amarillo Venom Will Play at Home This Weekend
The Amarillo Venom try to get back on track this weekend after suffering the second loss of the season last week in Champions Indoor Football.
WT to Host Regional Baseball Tournament
Fans can go to www.gobuffsgo.com for the South Central Regional Tournament page with links to live stats, audio/video streaming, ticket information and more as the championship gets closer.
Great Showing for Area Teams at State Track and Field Meet
It was a very successful U.I.L. State Track and Field Meet for many competitors from the Texas Panhandle.