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.
Local Sports Headlines – McGuire Scholarship Winners Honored
Tascosa’s Julio Diaz and Palo Duro’s Taeana Fisher have been named winners of the John McGuire Memorial Scholarships at a ceremony Monday at Polk Street United Methodist Church.
WT Lady Buffs Basketball Lands Second D-I Transfer
Another Division One transfer is headed to Canyon to play for the West Texas A&M Lady Buff basketball program.
Local Sports Headlines – Area Girls Basketball Players Honored
Three area girls’ players have been named Players of the Year by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.
Local Sports Headlines-Baseball, Softball Teams in Playoffs
After the softball playoffs began last week, the high school baseball playoffs are set to get underway later this week.
Local Sports Headlines – Great Individual Performances in HS Baseball
There were several outstanding individual efforts in high school baseball yesterday.
Undefeated Venom Roll to Big Win
The Amarillo Venom improved to 6-0 on the season by blowing out the CenTex Cavalry 94-63 on Saturday at the Civic Center in the Champions Indoor Football League.
Local Sports Headlines – WT Spring Football Scrimmage on Saturday
The West Texas A&M football team wrapus up spring drills with a team scrimmage this Saturday at 10 a.m. at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium.
Local Sports Headlines – Venom QB Wins POW Honor
The Champions Indoor Football League released its Players of the Week list for week eight and Amarillo Venom Quarterback Nate Davis was among the honorees.
Local Sports Headlines – Golfer Ryan Palmer Finishes Strong at PGA Event
Amarillo High graduate Ryan Palmer had a great Easter weekend on the PGA Tour.
Local Sports Headlines – Venom Win Again, Still Undefeated
The Amarillo Venom's undefeated start to the 2017 Champions Indoor Football season continued last night with a 70-63 win at the Texas Revolution.