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.
Sandies Win First Place Battle with Longhorns
The Amarillo Sandies have taken over sole possession of first place in the District 3-5A boys basketball race.
WT Announces Hall of Champions Class
West Texas A&M has announced the 2017 Athletic Hall of Champions class.
Sandies, Longhorns Remain on Collision Course
Amarillo High and Caprock boys basketball teams won again on Tuesday to stay tied atop the District 3-5A race.
Lady Buffs, Buffaloes Sweep Rival Midwestern State
When it comes to rivalries, WT versus Midwestern State is usually one of the best in any sport in the Lone Star Conference.
Top College Football Players from Amarillo Honored
"Amarillo's Top Four" and the winner of the annual Blair Cherry Award have been announced by the Palo Duro Chapter of AMBUCS.
Canyon Leads District 3-5A Girls Basketball Race
Canyon, Amarillo High, Caprock and Randall girls basketball teams all posted District 3-5A wins Tuesday night.
Texas Tech Fires Women’s Basketball Coach
Texas Tech has fired women's basketball coach Candi Whitaker.
College Bowl Games Scores and Schedules
If only all the college bowl games were as good as the Alamo Bowl game between TCU and Stanford was on Thursday.
Canyon ISD Teams Split Doubleheader
The Canyon girls team and Randall boys team rolled to big wins in the battle of Canyon I.S.D. rivals.
WT Basketball Teams Continue to Roll
Even away from home, the West Texas A&M basketball teams continue to rack up the wins this season.