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.
More Student-Athletes Sign to Play College Sports
More local high school student-athletes have made it official, signing letters of intent to play at the next level.
Student-Athletes Sign Letters of Intent
The NCAA's early signing period began Wednesday with three area student-athletes signing Division-1 letters of intent.
Amarillo High, Randall and Bushland Volleyball Teams Advance in Playoffs
It's on to the Regional Tournament for a trio of local high school volleyball teams.
Tascosa, Randall and Canyon Volleyball Teams Post Playoff Wins
It was a clean sweep for local high school volleyball teams in the playoffs Tuesday night.
Buffs Fall in Battle with No. 9 Texas A&M-Commerce
The West Texas A&M football team battled No. 9 Texas A&M-Commerce down to the wire Saturday evening, before falling 35-16 at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium.
Herd Runs Past Dons in the Wind
The Hereford Whitefaces moved into a tie for 4th place in the District 3-5A football race with a 26-7 win over Palo Duro last night at Dick Bivins Stadium.
Palo Duro Faces Hereford as Teams Battle in Playoff Race
The Palo Duro Dons try to stay in line for a playoff berth in high school football as they host the Hereford Whitefaces Thursday night at Dick Bivins Stadium.
Sandies Overcome Slow Start to Beat Plainview
The first quarter of last night’s District 3-5A football game belonged to Plainview but the last three quarters belonged to Amarillo High.
Lady Sandies Volleyball Wins Rematch with Randall
Tenth-ranked Amarillo High swept sixth-ranked Randall 3-games to none last night at the Sandies Activity Center.
Buffs Break Losing Streak with Homecoming Win
West Texas A&M is celebrating a homecoming win over Adams State on Saturday 17-14.