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 – Area Basketball Players Land All-State Honors
A couple of local girls basketball players have been named to the 5-A All-State team by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Association.
Local Sports Headlines – Lady Buffs Preparing for Elite Eight
The West Texas A&M Lady Buffs have one more day to prepare to face the number one team in Division Two women's basketball.
Local Sports Headlines – Tascosa Baseball Wins District Game
Tascosa picked up its first District 2-6A baseball win on Thursday.
Local Sports Headlines – Buffs Fall in Sweet 16
Top-seed and 11th ranked Colorado School of Mines ended the West Texas A&M men’s basketball season with an 88-63 decision in the South Central Region final last night in Golden, Colorado.
Local Sports Headlines – Lady Buffs Roll Into Elite Eight
For the third time in four years, the West Texas A&M women’s basketball team will be heading to the Elite Eight after an 86-64 victory over Angelo State in the South Central Region Championship game Monday night in Pueblo, Colorado.
Local Sports Headlines – Both WT Basketball Teams in the Sweet 16
Both West Texas A&M basketball teams have made it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division Two playoffs.
Local Sports Headlines – Playoffs Set to Begin for WT Basketball Teams
West Texas A&M basketball teams are set to start the NCAA Division 2 Tournaments this weekend.
Report: Cowboys Plan to Release QB Tony Romo Today – Sports Headlines
A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that the Dallas Cowboys will release quarterback Tony Romo when the NFL year opens today.
West Virginia Stuns Baylor to win Big 12 Women’s Tourney – Sports Headlines
Someone forgot to tell West Virginia they were the 6th seed in the Big 12 Women's Basketball Tournament.
WT Basketball Teams Land NCAA Tournament Berths – Sports Headlines
Despite losses in the Lone Star Conference Tournament last week, both West Texas A&M basketball teams have made the NCAA Playoffs.