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.
Red River Rivalry Heats Up Again
One of the top matchups in college football this weekend is #7 Oklahoma and #19 Texas at the Cotton Bowl.
Local Baseball Team Announces MLB Affiliation
Amarillo Professional Baseball and the San Diego Padres announced today that they have agreed to a player-development contract that will run through the 2020 season.
Amarillo Bulls Off to a Fast Start to the Season
After dropping the season opener at home, the Amarillo Bulls went on the road and put on quite a show.
WT Teams Rack up Wins
It was a great weekend for teams from West Texas A&M.
Ranked Teams Battle in High School Volleyball
Three matches involving teams in the top 25 in their respective classes highlighted Tuesday's high school volleyball schedule.
Buffs’ Frustrated by Lack of Offense in Loss
The Buffaloes of West Texas A&M dropped their Lone Star Conference opener 44-7 to Tarleton State on Saturday night at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium.
Rebels Roll to Big Win over Dons
Tascosa rolled up over 500 yards on the ground and rushed past Palo Duro 36-7 in high school football on Thursday.
Sandies, Eagles Open Season with Wins in High School Football
The high school football season kicked off with two high scoring matchups Thursday night that both made history.
Here We Go – High School Football Season is Here!
High school football season kicks off tonight with two games involving local teams.
Randall, Canyon Football Teams Led by Solid QB’s
Both Randall and Canyon High football teams will be led by standout quarterbacks this season.