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.
Buffs Comeback Falls Short in Stephenville
In a tale of two halves, the West Texas A&M football team dug itself a 27-0 hole before rallying in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough as Tarleton State beat the Buffaloes 30-20 Saturday evening in Stephenville.
Lady Buffs Roll On; Big Matches this Weekend
The Lady Buffs won the first two sets easily before outlasting the Falcons in the third set 28-26 to take the sweep.
Buffs Defense Leads Way in Win
A strong defensive performance with two big interceptions and ten points off two UT Permian Basin miscues, sparked West Texas A&M to a 17-6 victory Saturday afternoon at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium.
Tough Night for City Football Teams
Local high school football teams struggled in non-district games on Friday.
AHS Volleyball Coach Now TGCA Hall of Fame Member
If anyone deserves to be in the Texas Girls Coaches Association Hall of Fame, it’s Amarillo High volleyball coach Jan Barker.
Canyon Native Stigler Wins Spot on National Team
Canyon native Michael Stigler finished 2nd in the 400 meter hurdles in the United States Outdoor Track and Field Championships Sunday.
Sports Headlines-Russo Returns to Lead Bulls
Rocky Russo was officially welcomed back to the Amarillo Bulls family yesterday.
Sports Headlines-Venom’s Season Ends in Loss to Revolution
The Amarillo Venom fought to the end but came up short in the Champions Indoor Football South Division title game with the Texas Revolution last night at the Civic Center.
Sports Headlines-Venom Battle Revolution in CIF Playoff Showdown
The Amarillo Venom football team is just one win away from playing in their second straight CIF championship game.
Local Players Selected in Major League Baseball Draft
For the first time ever, West Texas A&M had two players taken in the Major League Baseball Draft. They were among five local players selected on the final day of the draft.