“The Rise” is your new morning local news source. Michael J. Stevens and Mike Roden will discuss news, weather, and sport, while hosting listener calls.
Michael J. Stevens is, by definition, a radio veteran. His career started in his hometown of Colorado Springs, CO. and has taken him and his family back and forth across the country a few times before landing in Amarillo on June 5, 1996. He freely shares stories of his career and life experiences, whether you want to hear them or not. He left the air some years ago but has never been too far away from it. You have probably heard his voice over the years on TV and radio pitching musical instruments, concerts and events, political candidates and, of course, Wonderland Park. When we asked what it would take to get him back on the air, he turned up his hearing aid and said, “What?” We slowly repeated the question and he finally answered, “The only thing I would be interested in is doing a local talk show.” And now, here we are. Stevens is married (over 30 years) the father of an amazing son, and G-Pa to two beautiful grandchildren who now rule his world. “I am honored to be part of the Townsquare Media Amarillo family and see nothing but great things for News Talk 940 KIXZ and our show, The Rise. Are we done here? It’s time for my nap.”
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.