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102.7FM – KPGZ Welcomes the Great American Sports Show

102.7 FM continues to expand its programming schedule and has recently added the Great American Sports Show to the lineup.

Based out of Kansas City, Missouri, The Great American Sports Network was founded in 2014 by local sports personalities Clint Switzer and Noah Gronniger. The duo began doing their own sports and entertainment related podcasts in the fall of 2012, but soon found themselves on the radio airwaves doing their own 1-hour sports show on KPGZ, 102.7 FM.  Always forward thinking, Clint and Noah decided to launch their very own sports network that would provide high-quality programming, articles, interviews and inside information, free of cost, to fans worldwide. At the Great American Sports Network, they always look forward to bringing first-class guests in the world of sports and entertainment, as well as introducing their audience to a vast array of top-quality contributors. Clint and Noah want to personally welcome everyone to one of the most engaging and interactive online sports experience available today.

Clint Switzer has been involved in sports media for the last four years.  He started out as co-host for “The Sports Horn” which aired via internet from his home town of Clinton, MO. After moving to Kansas City in 2012, he helped form “The Outsiders Sports Show” with Noah Gronniger with heavy emphasis on local and national sports coverage. Some of his finest accolades include: covering Chiefs training camp, interviewing Jeff Pilson from Foreigner backstage at a concert and frequently rapping with former ESPN analyst Sean Salisbury on his podcast. Clint is the co-host of six shows on The Great American Sports Network and is also a senior writer. He specializes in covering SEC Football and the NFL.

Noah Gronniger became a Kansas City Chiefs fan in 1992 and in 1998, he became a Gonzaga basketball fan. He has been an avid fan of both teams and sports ever since. He teamed up with longtime friend Clint Switzer to start their own sports podcast in 2012. He had the idea of asking guests from the sports world to join them to add credibility. He thoroughly enjoys being able to talk to people in the sports and entertainment world that he’s looked up to.  His favorite moment happened when he covered the Kansas City Chiefs training camp in 2013 as part of the media and asked questions during the presser to Head Coach Andy Reid, Quarterback Alex Smith, and Wide Receiver Dexter McCluster. Noah is a senior writer for the Great American Sports network and is a co-host of its six shows.

The Great American Sports show airs every Saturday at 10am on 102.7FM and on www.1027fm.rocks.

Bill Teel Selected to Receive Hospitality Leadership Award.

The recipients of the Hotel and Lodging Association of Kansas City’s 2018 hospitality awards were announced at the December general membership meeting held at the Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa.  These awards recognize an individual’s exemplary leadership, service to the association and community, and their contribution to travel and tourism industry profession.

Bill Teel, Prime Business Group’s Vice President of Accounting and Finance and Executive Director of the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association was selected to receive the prestigious Hospitality Leadership Award.

Teel is originally from Columbus, Kansas.  He earned both a Bachelor’s Degree and an MBA in accounting from Pittsburg State University.  He served as an officer in the US Navy, including two deployments to Vietnam.  After some years of public accounting, Teel joined the hospitality industry, first as CFO (and later CEO & President) of Signature Foods Inc. (franchisor of T.J. Cinnamons); COO of KC Masterpiece Restaurant Group; and co-owner of the Golden Ox Restaurant.  Teel serves as the Vice President of Accounting and Finance for Prime Business Group, is on the Board of Directors of the Navy League of Greater Kansas City, is on the Board of Directors of 102.7 FM in Kearney, and is an ambassador for the Mid-America Inter-Collegiate Athletic Association.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Recognition Dinner on Saturday, February 17th at the Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa.

102.7 FM KPGZ Appoints New General Manager

KPGZ 102.7FM and its board of directors are pleased to announce the appointment of Brian Watts as General Manager. Watts took over station management upon the resignation and departure of Ron Warner on November 20, 2017.  Warner elected to leave the station to pursue other interests.

Watts has been working as a producer, operations coordinator and board member at 102.7FM since July of 2017. He and his family have been Kearney residents since 2001.

“I’m honored to help 102.7FM grow with the city of Kearney”, Watts said.  “This position  gives my family and me a great opportunity to become more connected with local businesses and civic leaders. We are thrilled to provide Kearney residents with a voice to the community as well as a source for local news, sports and entertainment.”

Watts began his radio career in his hometown of Humboldt, Iowa while still in high school. He worked for 91.1 KTPR, a public radio station formerly based in Fort Dodge.  He also produced his own live radio show called Tin Pan Alley which featured tunes from American musical theater productions.

KPGZ 102.7FM broadcasts from the KC Coyote Studios located in Kearney, Missouri.  For more information on the station, please visit www.1027FM.rocks.

Massachusetts General Hospital Frontotemporal Disorders Unit marks 10th Anniversary

The Massachusetts General Hospital Frontotemporal Disorders (FTD) Unit launched the celebration of its 10th Anniversary Campaign with a gala event held at the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Oct. 20, 2017. The evening, named “A Night With the Arts for FTD,” featured a patient and caregiver-centered art show, live ballet performance, auctions and presentations from FTD Unit staff.

Care Beyond the Clinic

Frontotemporal degeneration is a progressive neurological disorder. Individuals with FTD may experience difficulties communicating and making decisions. They may also behave in socially inappropriate ways. In the end, FTD causes dementia and can make it impossible for the person to function independently, including being unable to speak, walk or swallow. Currently, there is no treatment to slow or stop the progression.

The Mass General FTD Unit is a clinical-research program committed to providing the highest level of care to our patients and families. In the past decade, its interdisciplinary team of clinicians has cared for more than 500 patients with frontotemporal degeneration and related disorders including behavioral variant FTD, primary progressive aphasia, atypical Alzheimer’s and ALS. Patient and caregiver-centered programming is not limited to the confines of the clinic space with community-based support groups, educational days and advocacy events as a keystone of the unit’s services.

The FTD Unit was cofounded in 2007 by speech language pathologist Daisy Hochberg and Brad Dickerson, MD, its director.

Seed Funding Through Philanthropy

“Our community events raise awareness, funds and hope that the cure of tomorrow is not so far from the care of today,” said Katie Brandt, director of Caregiver Support Services and emcee for the event.

The FTD Unit was cofounded in 2007 by speech language pathologist Daisy Hochberg and Brad Dickerson, MD, its director.   Dr. Dickerson noted the power of philanthropic dollars to provide seed funding for innovative research and programming that can establish early data and leverage larger grants and federal support for projects within the unit.

“As we celebrate our 10th year anniversary,” Dr. Dickerson said, “I look back and recognize that we are in the strongest position we have ever been in our fight against FTD and related conditions, and it is thanks to the resilience and support of our patient and family community.”


-Article courtesy Mass General Giving in Community Fundraising, Medical Research

Welcome to one of the Kansas City area’s first Gravel Grinder Race!!

Excelsior Springs was founded on the healing abilities of its spring water. Opal was a young woman rumored to be the first person healed by the waters, while the Wapoo Tribe was rumored to be the first to discover the healing waters. Once a bustling resort town, Excelsior Springs is now a weekend destination known for its hospitality, wineries, restaurants and local shops.

The First Annual Opal Wapoo Gravel Grinder will take place on June 23, 2018 and will start and end in downtown Excelsior Springs during the annual Waterfest. The winding gravel roads of Ray County are hidden gems for gravel enthusiasts. The course takes you through the challenging hills as well as the river bottoms, and ends to the cheers of folks attending the Waterfest.

We welcome you to join us in kicking off one of the Kansas City area’s first gravel grinder race.

The Opal Wapoo Gravel Grinder combines the best of both worlds – a challenging, scenic gravel route that starts and ends in a town full of hospitality (and free beer at the finish!), Excelsior Springs. The race starts and ends during the Waterfest, an annual festival celebrating Excelsior Springs’ mineral water heritage.  You will be led out of town by a 1953 Johnny Popper (John Deere) tractor, and within a few miles you will leave pavement and hit the gravel roads and journey through the Missouri countryside.  You will travel down hilly, curvy, flat, tree-lined roads, past streams, possibly through streams in a low-water crossing, in an area where the terrain is ever-changing. Cars are few and far between, and folks will wave at your from their fields as you ride by.  You will ride through the Crooked Creek Conservation area.  Just as you get used to the rolling hills, the course will take you through the river bottoms as you ride past corn fields, down gravel that looks like it touches the horizon.  As you ride back into town, the party will be waiting for you at the finish in the middle of the Waterfest, an annual festival in Excelsior Springs.  The finish line will receive you with a free beer and a bite to eat provided by local businesses.  This of course will only wet your appetite for all the live music, great food and hospitality that Excelsior Springs and its annual Waterfest have to offer.

Be prepared to be challenged – these hills aren’t for the faint of heart!  There is around 4,000 feet of climb on the 100-mile Wapoo race and around 2,800 feet of climb on the 52-mile Opal race. These gravel routes mix in long, gradual hills with short, steep hills.  But what goes up must come down, with an almost equal amount of descent!  Discover the hidden gems in the gravel roads of Ray County, which twist and curve their ways through classic Midwest countryside.

For more details, visit https://www.opalwapoo.com/

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



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