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.
Bulls’ Coach Nicholson Won’t Return Next Season – Sports Headlines
The Amarillo Bulls are losing their head coach after two seasons.
Venom Impressive in Opening Playoff Game Win – Sports Headlines
For the third straight year, the Amarillo Venom have made it to the Champions Indoor Football Division Final.
Venom Open Playoffs with Rival Gladiators
The Amarillo Venom and the Duke City Gladiators will meet again this weekend for the fifth time this season in the first round of the Champions Indoor Football playoffs.
Red Raiders Eliminated From NCAA Baseball Tournament
The "Super 16" of the NCAA Baseball Tournament is set after the final 10 regional champions were crowned throughout Monday. Now, the 16 teams to advance will continue their road to Omaha, Nebraska, with next weekend's super regionals.
Texas Tech is No. 5 National Seed in NCAA Baseball Tournament
The field of 64 teams competing for the 2017 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship was announced today by the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee.
Local Sports Headlines-Sandies Win Opener of Regional Semfinal
Mason Mays blasted a grand slam home run in the top of the first inning and pitched six shutout innings on the mound to lead Amarillo High to a 6-0 win over Grapevine last night in Abilene.
Local Sports Headlines-Happy Cowboys Win State Golf Title
It was no contest for the Happy Cowboys at the UIL Boys’ State Golf Tournament in Austin on Tuesday.
Local Sports Headlines-Red Raiders Top Seed in Big 12 Tournament
The Texas Tech Red Raiders have clinched a share of the Big 12 baseball regular season title.
Local Sports Headlines – Buffalo Baseball in NCAA Tournament
The No. 3-seed West Texas A&M baseball team opens play in the Regional tournament in San Angelo tonight against No. 4-seed Lubbock Christian.
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.