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All Star Announcers Announced for Bulldog Friday Night Football

The Bulldog Radio Network and 102.7FM announced this weekend that an All Star Announcing group will be in the booth for the September 1st game featuring the Kearney and Grandview Bulldogs.  The featured broadcast team will fill in for one game while regular game announcers, Nate and Nev of, “The Kickoff” are on special assignment.

The Bulldog Radio Network and 102.7FM are happy to welcome Jim Dickerson, Mike Davis and Bill Teel to the broadcast booth.

        Jim Dickerson                  Mike Davis                 Bill Teel

Play by play for the game will be handled by Dickerson, who has hosted a number of radio and television shows and has been nominated for three Cable Ace Awards. He has served as an announcer at various aviation events, by play announcing during the high school football season for the WHB 810 Varsity Sports Network and as a host of the Kansas City Alive Television show.

Davis, who will be handling the color commentary for the broadcast, is an award winning creative director with a host of radio voiceover and television appearances to his credit. His marketing communications company, Mike Davis Creative Services, specializes in business-to-business and business-to-consumer marketing and advertising.

Teel will serve as the spotter and statistician for the broadcast.  A well-known numbers man, Teel joined Arthur Anderson & Co. in 1978 as a CPA in the audit division. His clients included Hallmark Cards, the Kansas City Missouri School District, National Pizza Company, the American Cancer Society of Kansas and many others. His main emphasis was in manufacturing and real estate.  In 1985, Bill joined T.J Cinnamons when the concept was first launched in Kansas City.  During his 7 plus years there, the company grew from one bakery to over 225 bakeries.

The Friday night game will feature the Kearney Bulldogs facing off against the Grandview Bulldogs.  Both teams are 1-1 on the season.  The broadcast can be heard starting at 7pm on both 102.7FM and on the web at 102.7fm.rocks.

Fourth Annual Kearney Oktoberfest – September 30th, 2017

The fourth annual Kearney Oktoberfest, brought to you by Bank of the West, will be held on September 30th, 2017 at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds! Oktoberfest provides an opportunity to sample and learn about a variety of craft beer styles from across the state of Nebraska. The event features a traditional keg tapping, German games, food and traditions, as well as polka music. We also are excited to have a a headline performance by the band, Whiskey Bent!

And don’t worry about finding a ride home, we have Sober Rides provided by Camelot Transportation that can take you to anywhere within city limits. We want you to have fun, but also want to make sure everyone gets home safely.

The Husker football game will be available for viewing (if on during the same time) — so you have no excuse to stay home this Saturday! This fall festival is one you will NOT want to miss!

Doors open for VIP Hour at 4pm

VIP Hour: 4-5pm

Doors open for Regular Admission at 5pm

Regular Admission: 5pm-10pm



Printing Shipping and Signs Bringing Ideas to Life

Article Courtesy of the Courier Tribune – SMITHVILLE, MO— Whether printing a single copy, producing large corporate signage or mailing products, Nancy Ellerman has provided creative and shipping services to customers as the owner of Printing, Shipping & Signs for the past four years.

Ellerman’s current role pulls from experience throughout her professional career, which has included owning and operating an embroidery and screen printing business for eight years, along with managing shipping and mailing lists for a large publication company for more than two decades.

What exactly does your business do?

What makes this business challenging?

“We have many customers that have things that come up at the last minute. We realize that the services we offer often reflect on their business, so it is critical that we get jobs done and done right. We strive to meet all customer goals and with high-quality results and products.”

What makes this business rewarding?

“On many occasions, we have customers who come in and know that they want something, but are not sure how to get there. We take great pride in working with our customers to develop or design products or services that meet their needs or the needs of their business.”

What is your most popular product or service?

“Currently our most popular items are the smaller signs and banners. That said, when people come into the shop and see all of the other products and services we offer, they are often surprised and order any number of other promotional products or services we offer.”

“The variety of services and products we have to offer. As a shop that started with just small copy and printing jobs, we have grown to offer large banners, large LED signs for business and a wide variety of promotional products.”

What’s next for your business?

“We continue to expand our services and offerings. We have grown from doing simple painting and banners to large LED signage for businesses. We are now offering new LED digital signage that allows customers to change their signs or message on the fly through computer software they have access to right in their home or office. These signs vary from smaller business signs to large stadium scoreboards.”

Education Editor Ryne Dittmer can be reached at ryne.dittmer@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6606.

102.7 FM KPGZ Moves to Kearney, Missouri

Classic rock is not just a preferred music genre for Ron Warner. It’s his vocation.

No, he’s not a musician. He’s the general manager of KPGZ 102.7 FM, a 100-watt station that recently moved its broadcast studio to Kearney after being in Excelsior Springs.

He is joined at the station by his wife, Sylvia, who is the operations manager.

“She keeps me organized and keeps everything flowing,” Ron said.

The couple relies on several volunteers and interns — and more are always welcome in front of and away from the mic.

“The more volunteers we have, the better we like it, and they don’t even have to have experience doing this,” Ron said. “The whole idea of this is everyone having a good time with this.”

That includes those in the studio and those listening to their work.

“If it starts being not fun, then what’s the point of doing it?” Ron said.

Together, the crew produces eight live shows on the weekend for the station owned by a registered nonprofit with a board of directors.

As part of the Corporation for Educational Opportunities, 102.7 isn’t just about rockin’ out. It also has a mission to provide material support and educational opportunities to area students.

“We like to help wherever we can,” Ron said. “Our doors are always open to the schools and the students.”

Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies students are among those who help at the station, and its weather director is an intern who is enrolled at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

As he manages it all, listeners will become familiar with Ron’s voice quickly. He does a lot of the image liners and voiceovers heard on the air in addition to behind-the-scenes tasks.

“You’ll hear me quite frequently,” he said.

Ron got his start in radio in the late-1970s. His first job after serving in the Navy was as a disc jockey in Kennett, Missouri. Then about a decade later, he and his wife moved to Roswell, New Mexico, which was a homecoming for her.

While in the Southwest, Ron joined local station KBIM doing sales and the comedy variety show “The Weird Ron Show,” which he likened to “The Dr. Demento Show.” Ron also did a fair amount of voiceover work for commercials.

Eight years ago, the couple came back to Missouri, where Ron relaunched his “Weird” show and even syndicated it for three years.

Eventually, the Warners applied to the Federal Communications Commission for a license for a low-power FM radio station of their own, which was facilitated by the Local Community Radio Act passed by Congress in 2010.

“LPFM stations are authorized for noncommercial educational broadcasting only … and operate with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 100 watts (0.1 kilowatts) or less,” according to the FCC website, www.fcc.gov.

The couple spent a year preparing to apply during the two-week application window in 2013, and in April the following year they made their first FM broadcast after broadcasting online for several months.

The transmitter for 102.7 has been in Kearney since the early days of the station. For several weeks, the station has been transmitting from a new, taller tower at the First Missouri Bank building at 455 S. Sam Barr Drive, and for the past few, its studios have been in Kearney, too.

The station’s title sponsors are Tony and Eileen Holland at KC Coyote, who offered to share their high-speed, wireless broadband tower with the KPGZ transmitter.

“Now we can attach our broadcast board straight to the transmitter,” Ron said.

The new tower is 100 feet higher than the one the station previously used, broadening its coverage area. Listeners can tune in from around Smithville to the west, Richmond to the east, Plattsburg and Cameron to the north, and the central part of Gladstone to the south.

“We’ll still be playing all the same music everybody digs,” Ron said.

The Warners first settled on classic rock after consulting their future listeners.

“Being a community station, we’re here to serve the community, and it makes sense to play what they wanted to hear,” Ron said.

In addition to classic rock from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, KPGZ offers local news, weather and sports.

“But our primary mission is serving the community by providing an outlet for local music talent, internships for local students and a forum for businesses or community-minded folks who want to host a radio show,” Ron said.

He said many radio stations are now owned by corporations, but because 102.7 is not, it has flexibility other stations don’t.

“We acquire a lot of our listeners because of the music we play. … We play cuts that none of the other stations play,” Ron said, referencing extended versions of songs and titles beyond an artist’s top three or four hits.

The station also does remote broadcasts from a variety of events.

In addition to its broadcasts, the station hosts an annual multi-weekend concert series with local artists. Ron said the details of this year’s event were still being worked out, but that the live performances were moving from the winter to a warmer season.


Story courtesy of the Kearney Courier: Managing Editor Amy Neal can be reached at 389-6629 or amy.neal@npgco.com.

KC Coyote Open House!

KCCoyote will be hosting a “Customer Appreciation Day” for our current customers.  We want you to know how much we appreciate your business. We will also be using this time as an “Open House” to showcase some new products we have added to our services. We will have door prizes and light refreshments as well.

Come by and check out what’s new with KCCoyote!

Where: 455 Sam Barr Dr. Suite 107 Kearney, MO 64060 816.866.3038

When: January 23, 2017

Time: 4-8pm

FAA Issues General Aviation Medical Rule

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today issued a final rule  that allows general aviation pilots to fly without holding an FAA medical certificate as long as they meet certain requirements outlined in Congressional legislation.

“The United States has the world’s most robust general aviation community, and we’re committed to continuing to make it safer and more efficient to become a private pilot,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “The BasicMed rule will keep our pilots safe but will simplify our regulations and keep general aviation flying affordable.”

Until now, the FAA has required private, recreational, and student pilots, as well as flight instructors, to meet the requirements of and hold a third class medical certificate. They are required to complete an online application and undergo a physical examination with an FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiner. A medical certificate is valid for five years for pilots under age 40 and two years for pilots age 40 and over.

Beginning on May 1, pilots may take advantage of the regulatory relief in the BasicMed rule or opt to continue to use their FAA medical certificate. Under BasicMed, a pilot will be required to complete a medical education course, undergo a medical examination every four years, and comply with aircraft and operating restrictions.  For example, pilots using BasicMed cannot operate an aircraft with more than six people onboard and the aircraft must not weigh more than 6,000 pounds. A pilot flying under the BasicMed rule must:

  • possess a valid driver’s license;
  • have held a medical certificate at any time after July 15, 2006;
  • have not had the most recently held medical certificate revoked, suspended, or withdrawn;
  • have not had the most recent application for airman medical certification completed and denied;
  • have taken a medical education course within the past 24 calendar months;
  • have completed a comprehensive medical examination with a physician within the past 48 months;
  • be under the care of a physician for certain medical conditions;
  • have been found eligible for special issuance of a medical certificate for certain specified mental health, neurological, or cardiovascular conditions, when applicable;
  • consent to a National Driver Register check;
  • fly only certain small aircraft, at a limited altitude and speed, and only within the United States; and
  • not fly for compensation or hire.

The July 15, 2016 FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016 directed the FAA to issue or revise regulations by January 10, 2017, to ensure that an individual may operate as pilot in command of a certain aircraft without having to undergo the medical certification process under Part 67 of the Federal Aviation Regulations, if the pilot and aircraft meet certain prescribed conditions outlined in the Act.

The FAA and the general aviation community have a strong track record of collaboration. The agency is working with nonprofit organizations and the not-for-profit general aviation stakeholder groups to develop online medical courses that meet the requirements of the Act.

KPGZ 102.7 FM Radio moving to Kearney

Kearney, MO – Radio station moving to Kearney – KPGZ 102.7 FM will be relocating their broadcast studio from Excelsior Springs to the First Missouri Bank building at 455 S. Sam Barr Drive in Kearney this February.

The move was made possible by an agreement with Tony and Eileen Holland of KC Coyote who offered to share their high-speed, wireless broadband tower with the KPGZ transmitter. “Tony and Eileen have been great to work with and were instrumental in putting this all together,” said Ron Warner, General Manager of KPGZ. “We’ll not only have a stronger FM signal, we’ll also increase our visibility as an active member of the Kearney community.”

KPGZ is a community radio station authorized by Congress under the Community Radio Act and licensed by the FCC to broadcast at 102.7 FM. The station is owned and operated by The Corporation for Educational Opportunities, a registered non-profit.

“KPGZs music format is classic rock from the 60s, 70s and 80s,” said Warner. “We’ll provide local news, weather and sports,” Warner added. “But our primary mission is serving the community by providing an outlet for local music talent, a forum for businesses or community-minded folks who want to host a radio show. We also provide internships for local students wishing to pursue careers in a variety of broadcast disciplines.”

16th Annual BBQ on the River Fly-In

BBQ2016It’s BBQ on the River time!! Please fly in or drive in and visit us at the Excelsior Springs Memorial Airport for a pancake breakfast on Saturday, August 20th from 7:30 to 10:30am! This event, as in years’ past is held in conjunction with the BBQ on the River contest in downtown Excelsior Springs, which will be going on all weekend. Please note we are serving BREAKFAST ONLY this year due to the airshow at nearby Midwest National Air Center beginning at noon. We hope to see you for breakfast, airplanes and fun!

Dickerson scheduled to appear in New Holstein, Wisconsin

JimDHLA-3It’s been rumored for months, but the scheduling office for Jim “Golden Pipes” Dickerson has confirmed that he will in fact be announcing once again at this year’s STOL competition in New Holstein, Wisconsin.  The annual event is held each year in conjunction with the Supercub.org fly-in which coincides with EAA AirVenture.

The STOL competition is currently scheduled for July 27th at 3:00pm at the New Holstein Municipal Airport (8D1).  Dickerson’s office also indicated that he would most likely be at the city’s Aviation Day festivities on July 24th however it was unclear what role, if any, he would have at that event.

“The Supercub.org event is just a great week and I am happy to participate and help in any way I can,” Dickerson said.  “The city of New Holstein has been so great to work with and the people of the city have always been very supportive.”

Dickerson was quick to point out that the yearly success of the STOL event is attributed to coordinator Randy “Shooter” Corfman.  “There are so many moving parts with the STOL event when you think of the scorekeepers, measuring officials, air marshals, and spotters.”  Dickerson went on to say that Corfman was the Don King of the event because of his ability to get such big names involved in the event each year.  Also expected to appeaNH_2015-1446 (1)r again this year are All Star fan favorites such Steve Lewis, Mick and Rose Capouch, Julie Corfman and Lou Furlong.

The afternoon STOL event features pilots demonstrating the performance capabilities of a variety of different aircraft including the very popular SuperCub.  Last year’s demonstration was highlighted by a 61 foot takeoff and a 61 foot landing by pilot Bobby Breeden.  The events also featured a flower drop contest where local kids were chosen to be the flour bombardiers.

7 Questions When Choosing Small Business Funding

FundingAnyone buying, starting or expanding a business knows that small business funding options abound, everything from Small Business Administration loans to revolving lines of credit to 401(k) business financing. What’s often missing is guidance on how to choose the right financing method for your small business.  Our friends at Guidant Financial have provided this valuable information related to choosing business funding.

A lot goes into your decision: funding amount, interest rate, term, time to fund, credit score required, set-up fees, monthly payments and more. For added complexity, you may also choose to utilize a combination of funding sources to meet your funding goals. To make the best decision about the small business funding solution for you and your business, start by asking yourself these 7 fundamental questions:


1. Do you want to finance your business with debt or equity?

In other words, are you comfortable taking on a new business loan or would you rather use savings or investments you already own to make the purchase? Debt needs to be repaid over time and will cost you interest. Eligibility and terms for debt financing also depend on your credit score. Meanwhile, equity financing usually doesn’t need to be repaid and the funds may come from outside investors or your own capital (stocks, retirement savings, investment portfolios, etc). What’s more, using equity as business financing doesn’t depend on your credit score.

If you’re comfortable with traditional debt financing, a loan backed by the Small Business Administration will most likely be your best bet. However, if you’d like to explore equity funding options, consider a portfolio loan, which allows you to leverage the value of your investment portfolio without liquidating, or Rollovers for Business Start-ups (ROBS), which can help you invest funds from a qualified retirement account (401(k), traditional IRA, SEP, etc.) into a business without incurring tax-penalties.


2. Do you mind guaranteeing debt with personal assets?

If you’re not interested in using equity to finance your business, SBA loans and most traditional business loans require you to collateralize with personal assets — often your house or other property. This carries with it the caveat of putting your home at risk should you default on the loan. If you’re not comfortable with that thought, the next best option in debt financing is an unsecured business loan, which doesn’t require any collateral, but you will need a strong credit score to qualify and will have to deal with higher interest rates if you plan to use it long term.

What’s more, debt financing requires you to contribute to the loan upfront, known as a down payment. In most cases, this amount can range from 20 – 30 percent of the total loan amount. Before applying for a loan, make sure you have enough liquid cash to meet the down payment requirements. (ROBS funds can also be used as the down payment for an SBA loan so you don’t have to pull from personal savings).


3. Can you afford the monthly payments?

For those who choose debt financing, remember that you may start repaying a loan in as little as 30 days, so you’ll probably have to pay out-of-pocket before your business revenue can cover the monthly payment. Make sure you calculate the monthly payments for different forms of financing and see which option is most affordable for you.


4. Is the cost of capital as low as it could be?

When researching small business funding, do your due diligence and look at several options before you make your final choice. For example, if you’re thinking about refinancing your home to take out capital, did you know leveraging your retirement funds instead through ROBS would save you money in interest and monthly payments?


5. How will it affect your credit score?

For most debt financing options, the potential lender will make a “hard” inquiry on your credit report, which could negatively impact your credit score. Even more so if you’ve had several hard inquiries in the last several months.

If your credit score is already on shaky ground, you might want to consider equity financing instead, where credit scores don’t play as much of a role. With ROBS, for example, no credit score is necessary, so there are no hard pulls.


6. What’s your timeline/target opening date?

Different business funding methods require varying amounts of time. Approval for an SBA loan could take up to four months, while getting funds from an unsecured loan may only take three weeks. Plan ahead to determine your ideal opening date, and work backward to figure out which financing option fits best in that timeline.


7. How will you use the proceeds?

Some business funding solutions are better suited for certain expenses than others. SBA Working Capital loans, as the name implies, are best for existing business owners who have already built their business’ physical infrastructure but need extra capital for day-to-day operations, paying salaries, etc. Be sure that what you plan to use the capital for is acceptable and fits within any parameters set forth by the lender.

Once you address these questions, you should have a clearer idea of what business funding method is best for you, but it’s always important to solicit advice from an expert.  Prime Business Group offers free consultations with business experts to further guide you in your journey to business ownership.



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