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.
WT Football Picked Seventh in LSC Preseason Poll
Defending national champion Texas A&M-Commerce is the narrow favorite over last year’s league champion Midwestern State to win the 2018 Lone Star Conference football title in the pre-season poll released on Tuesday.
Nowitzki to Return to Mavs for Record 21st Season
Dirk Nowitzki has signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks to return for an NBA-record 21st season with one team.
Two from Area Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year
The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.
Tech Coach Kingsbury Excited about QB Competition
Texas Tech head football coach Kliff Kingsbury is hoping to settle on a starting quarterback by the time the Red Raiders kick off the football season on September 1st against Ole Miss.
Father-Son Duo Wins Bud Partnership
Kyle and Derrick Kelting won the Budweiser Partnership tournament Sunday at Ross Rogers Golf Complex.
Budweiser Partnership Begins at Ross Rogers
One of the most popular and long-running golf competitions in the area begins today.
Football Season is Coming – Big 12 Announces All-Conference Team
The Big 12 Conference has announced its 2018 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team and individual awards, chosen by media representatives who cover the league.
Former Longhorn Standout Named Caprock Baseball Coach
Caprock will have a new baseball coach, and it should be a familiar name to Longhorn fans.
Local Coaches Win State Honors
Several local coaches won honors Monday night at the Texas Girls Coaches Association Summer Clinic in Arlington.
Astros Lead the Way in All-Star Picks
Houston Astros fans will have plenty to cheer about at the upcoming Major League Baseball All-Star Game next week in Washington, D.C.