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.
University Breaks Ground on New Buffalo Football Stadium
There will be cheerleaders, the marching band, WT Herdsmen and members of the Maroon Platoon as officials at West Texas A&M and other dignitaries broke ground for the new on-campus Buffalo Stadium.
Tournament Time for WT Baseball, Softball Teams
West Texas A&M baseball and softball teams are busy preparing for postseason play.
High School Baseball, Softball Playoffs Underway
Local high school softball teams move into round two of the playoffs while baseball teams are starting the postseason this weekend.
WT’s New Football Stadium Construction Given the Green Light
West Texas A&M University’s proposed on-campus football stadium is one step closer to becoming a reality after The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents approved its construction.
Venom Suffer First Loss of Season
Despite holding the Duke City Gladiators scoreless in two quarters on Saturday, the Amarillo Venom still lost.
Amarillo Pro Baseball Needs Fans Help to Name New Team
The “Name the Team” Sweepstakes is underway for Amarillo Professional Baseball.
Venom Game Postponed, Opponent’s Future in Doubt
Last Saturday’s scheduled Champions Indoor Football game between the Amarillo Venom and the Dallas Marshals was postponed due to uncertainty surrounding the Dallas team.
Venom’s Johnson Win League Honor
In four weeks of the season, an Amarillo Venom player has won player of the week honors three times. This week, it’s receiver Raymond Johnson, Jr.
Sandies Outslug Raiders to Take Over District Lead
The Battle of Bell Street was also a matchup of two teams undefeated in District 3-5A baseball.
Venom Off to an Undefeated Start to CIF Season
The Amarillo Venom football team is off to a 3-0 start to the Champions Indoor Football season, but so is this week's opponent.