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 Raiders Land Top Basketball Recruit
After losing several key players off of last season's Elite Eight team, Texas Tech men's head basketball coach Chris Beard is reloading for next season.
Baseball and Fireworks on the Fourth
The Houston Astros won their eighth consecutive road game against the Texas Rangers on July 4th.
Sports Headlines – LeBron Heads West, Joins Lakers
Kevin Durant, Paul George and Chris Paul all made quick decisions to stay put and remain in the NBA Western Conference. And now LeBron James is joining them.
Sports Headlines – Oregon State Closes Out Arkansas to Win Title
Oregon State won the College World Series title Thursday night, with a 5-0 win over Arkansas in deciding Game Three, as the Beavers capped a remarkable run to the college baseball championship.
Sports Headlines-Oregon State Survives, Forces Game Three of CWS
Arkansas came within one strike of winning the College World Series title Wednesday night before Oregon State rallied for a 5-3 win in Game Two.
WT Softball’s Kilee Halbert Claims 12th Annual Dick Bynum Award
West Texas A&M's Kilee Halbert is the winner of the 12th Annual Dick Bynum Award presented by the Amarillo Downtown Lions Club.
WT to Honor Basketball Hall of Fame Member Maurice Cheeks
For more than 40 years, Maurice Cheeks has brought great distinction to West Texas A&M University with his outstanding career as a player and coach in the National Basketball Association and his recent induction into the prestigious Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
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.