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Opal Wapoo Organizers Release Event Updates

The Organizers of the very popular Opal Wapoo Gravel Grinder have released a bullet point update for the upcoming event:

1. Registrations are up considerably vs last year, but we still have plenty of space and do not anticipate selling out. We did however add an additional 25 spots to the Wapoo 100 mile to accommodate demand.

2. We hate to brag, but we splurge on high quality Awesome Bella Canvas t-shirts for our participants. YOU MUST REGISTER BY JUNE 2ND to receive a t-shirt!

3. Registrations can be transferred to another participant free of charge. Please email us if you would like to do so.

4. Already registered, but want to change distances? No problem. It is free to drop down and just pay the difference to jump up.

5. All participants will receive day passes to the Excelsior Springs Community Center so that you can shower and be more comfortable for all the post race festivities.

6. Opal Wapoo GG is held on the same day as Excelsior Springs biggest festival “Waterfest”. Their will be tons of vendors, kids entertainment, parade, and a free concert by national country artist John King. Bring your family and friends.

7. Opal Wapoo will have our own entertainment as well with free post-race beer from sponsor Dubious Claims Brewing Company, free post-race food from sponsor Willow Spring Mercantile, live music, awards ceremony and SWAG giveaways.

For more information on Opal Wapoo, visit www.opalwapoo.com .

KPGZ 102.7FM Dedicates Recording Suite to Memory of Late Mayor

One year following the date of Mayor Bill Dane’s passing, KPGZ 102.7FM, along with Mayor Dan Holt and Mayor-elect Randy Pogue, dedicated the station’s recording suite to the memory of the late Mayor. A special plaque will be affixed and a framed, color print depicting the iconic Mayor holding a glass of red wine will be displayed in the radio station’s studio.

“Not a week goes by that I don’t think of Bill Dane as we prepare for the show,” said Mike Davis, KPGZ board president and co-host of Kearney LIVE.

“Bill was largely responsible for creating the weekly program we called, Live with the Mayor. He was a terrific guest. Bill’s charisma and knowledge of all-things Kearney were perfect for live, Kearney radio. He even secured the program’s underwriting from the generous folks at Kearney Trust, who continue to sponsor the current Kearney LIVE broadcast,” Davis added.

Station manager, Brian Watts and board vice president and show host, Jim Dickerson were on hand for the ceremony. “We were looking for a special way to commemorate Bill here at the station,” said Watts.

“We all agreed establishing the Mayor Bill Dane Studio was the perfect way to remember Bill. It is especially appropriate having Dan and Randy formalize the dedication,” added Dickerson.

Opal Wapoo Organizers Address Flooding Concerns

As the 2019 Opal Wapoo Gravel Grinder approaches, event organizers are faced with flooding which affects parts of the course. The Missouri River flooding that closed highways and water traffic north of St. Joseph continued to make its way toward the south and is now inundating low-lying areas of the course.

The U.S. Coast Guard has shut down all water traffic from St. Joseph almost to Omaha and has asked boat operators to limit their wake between St. Joseph and Kansas City to minimize damage to the levees that keep flooding at bay.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts the river will crest above major flood stage in Atchison, Kan., and just below that stage in Leavenworth and areas further south.

In Kansas City, where banks and levees are higher, it’s projected to crest at 32.4 feet, which is just above “minor” flood stage. Any roads or buildings that are along the Missouri River or its tributaries may be be affected. The river last reached a similar level in May 2016. The projections for the current flood, at least in Kansas City, are nowhere near the historic flood of 1993, the worst in the city’s history, when the river crested at 48.87 feet.

“Our thoughts are with those affected by this year’s flooding”, said race organizers in a recent Facebook Post. “There is a small stretch of our 100 mile course that is currently under water. We are aware that there is danger of flooding through May. Waters are receding and we will keep an eye on the course and we already have an alternate 100 mile course that eliminates the river flats if needed. Luckily time is on our side.”

Even though it is only in its second year, the Opal Wapoo Gravel Grinder has exploded in popularity and has attracted riders and enthusiasts from all across the country. The event is held in conjunction with the Excelsior Springs WaterFest.

Kearney Mayoral Debates Live Broadcast

102.7FM KPGZ has a double shot of Kearney Live on March 13th.! At noon they will have all three of our Alderman candidates talking about their backgrounds and visions for Kearney.

At about 6:20 pm join 102.7FM for a live broadcast of the Mayoral Debate from City Hall hosted by the Courier-Tribune and moderated by Amanda Lubinski. Tune in and educate yourself before the April 2nd vote! #KearneyMO #HometownRadio

Listen live on 102.7FM, online at www.1027fm.rocks or on the Tunie-In App – search 102.7FM KPGZ.

Kearney Football Stadium To See New Improvements

After years of hearing from families and figuring out a way to pay for construction costs, the Kearney School District is moving ahead on plans for a high school stadium project. This comes after having selected Universal Construction Co. of Kansas City, Kansas, as construction manager, having worked with design firm DLR to forward initial designs and having purchased new bleachers.

“We needed to get out and get that lead time for the bleachers because they take about four weeks to fabricate,” Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Student Services Jeff Morrison said Monday, Jan. 14, of work completed on the project before school let out for winter break. “Hanson Sports (of Kansas City) came in under budget …” The total for the bleachers is roughly $844,000.

The phased-in project will replace home side seating, add landscaping and replace concession structures and restrooms at the high school, 715 E. 19th St.

Once complete, the project will create a promenade effect between the new high school gymnasium and the football stadium with new and improved pedestrian access with Americans With Disabilities Act sidewalks with handrails along better access throughout the stadium to the track.

There will also be an improved bowl and seating with better sightlines totaling a capacity of 2,590 seats, which includes ADA seating; a concourse level that provides a family restroom, elevator, storage and school merchandise store, state-of-the-art, custom press box with separate spaces for print, radio and television media; and coaches.

The press box area will also include a rooftop platform for broadcasting cameras for school and other media outlets.

“The goal is that by the first football game on Aug. 30, we have those home side seats done and the press box,” Morrison said.

The plan is being paid for with capital projects money in the budget along with money raised from future fundraising efforts.

“It’s important to note this is not bond dollars, but projects that have been saved up for over time,” Morrison said.

The bond, approved by voters in 2017, paid for other districtwide improvements previously made including the new gym, elementary schools’ playground equipment, pending added entryway security at the junior high school, added and improved high school classrooms and the Early Education Center project.

The district, the assistant superintendent said, is confident in the plan’s timeline and ability to add what has long been needed for additional seating and ADA-compliant access. The district is also happy with its choice of construction manager.

“Universal has done a lot of work like this. They did the Liberty and Liberty North projects,” he said. “… Right now, we are looking at honing down the design, which Universal will then take that and go out to bid.”

Before selection of Universal in December, school board Vice President Dan Weakley said he has worked with the company in Grandview and had nothing but nice things to say about the firm.

“They were good district partners,” he said.

*The Courier Tribune contributed to this article

102.7 FM Ready to Broadcast Bulldog Hoops

The Bulldog Radio Network and 102.7FM announce their first year as the broadcast voice of Kearney High School home basketball games for the 2018-2019 season.

KPGZ-102.7FM home-game broadcasts begin on December 17th as the Bulldogs take on the Smithville Warriors. Pre-game airs at approximately 7:40 p.m., or immediately following the girl’s game. Live, play-by-play broadcast begins at 8:00 p.m. Post-game interviews and analysis can be heard immediately after the game.

Listeners can hear the entire game on 102.7FM, online at www.1027fm.rocks or by downloading the Tune-In App and searching KPGZ.

“We are very excited to broadcast the Kearney Bulldog basketball games this year,” said Brian Watts, General Manager for the station. “We had great listenership with the football program this season and we look forward to expanding our sports broadcast efforts for Kearney High School and the community. We are proud to be the radio voice of the Kearney Bulldogs.”

The play-by-play announcer is Andy Martens, Kearney Fire and Rescue Protection District employee and volunteer for 102.7FM. Dan Hermon will assist with the color commentary during the broadcast. He is a coach and teacher at Hawthorne Elementary School.

If you have questions regarding the broadcast or are interested in game sponsorships, you can contact Brian Watts at 816-826-1111 or e-mail him at brian.watts@1027fm.rocks.

PBG Discusses Business Development in 2019

On November 28th, 2019, Mike Davis and Jim Dickerson took to Kearney Live on 102.7 FM – KPGZ and discussed ways to help take control of your marketing and develop your business in 2019. They discussed brand awareness, strengthening sales and evaluating your brand objectively. They took calls and questions on 102.7 FM.  You can watch the video of the interview by clicking here!

The entire broadcast is also available on PodCast by clicking here:  Mike Davis and Jim Dickerson on KPGZ – 102.7FM.

102.7 FM – KPGZ Wraps up 2018 Football Season

The Bulldog Radio Network and 102.7FM wrapped up their second year of broadcasting Kearney High School home football games for the 2018 season along with the popular “Coach Gray Show”, which aired on Thursday’s at noon prior to each Friday game.

KPGZ-102.7FM home-game broadcasts began on September 7th as the Bulldogs took on the Platte County Pirates. The season wrapped up in Smithville, Missouri following the district playoff game. Each week featured a Pre-game which was followed by live play-by-play broadcasts and concluded with post-game interviews and analysis.

Listeners were able to listen to the entire game on 102.7FM, online at www.1027fm.rocks or by downloading the Tune-In App and searching KPGZ.

“It was an honor to broadcast the Kearney Bulldog games again this year,” said Brian Watts, General Manager for the station. “We are proud to be the voice of Kearney Football and to able to allow people to hear live broadcasts of the games as well as the “Coach Gray Show.”

In addition to the game broadcasts, 102.7FM-KPGZ teamed up with other local businesses to help raise nearly $1,000 for various Kearney School Programs.

Before each Kearney Bulldog Football home game, KPGZ-102.7FM teamed up with Dan Lechner’s Farmers Insurance Agency, 9 Round Fitness and the Kearney Culinary Academy for tailgate parties which raised money through donations for the Kearney High School Band, Cheer Squad, Bulldog Broadcasting Network and Golden Girls Dance Team. Dan Lechner of Farmers Insurance served as the head chef for the tailgate parties serving up a variety of culinary treats including his famous Lechner burgers, chili and walking tacos.

Play by play for the games was handled by Jim 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, play-by-play announcer for the WHB 810 Varsity Sports Network and as host of the Kansas City Alive television show.

Mike Davis provided color commentary for the broadcasts. He is an award-winning creative director, radio and television voiceover talent and the host of Kearney LIVE and Kearney Business Spotlight on 102.7FM.


Podcasts of many of the games and archived copies of the “Coach Gray Show”, can be found at www.1027fm.rocks/podcasts/.

KPGZ Teams up with Farmer’s Insurance to Help School Programs

KPGZ-102.7FM and the Bulldog Radio Network wrapped up the regular football season broadcasts for the Kearney Bulldogs, but not before they helped raise nearly $1,000 for various Kearney School Programs.

Before each Kearney Bulldog Football home game, KPGZ-102.7FM teamed up with Dan Lechner’s Farmers Insurance Agency, 9 Round Fitness and the Kearney Culinary Academy for tailgate parties which raised money through donations for the Kearney High School Band, Cheer Squad, Bulldog Broadcasting Network and Golden Girls Dance Team. Dan Lechner of Farmers Insurance served as the head chef for the tailgate parties serving up a variety of culinary treats including his famous Lechner burgers, chili and walking tacos.

Dan Lechner of Farmers Insurance said, “We thank the Kearney High School Athletic Department for allowing us to participate and help out other organizations within Kearney High School.”

Brian Watts, KPGZ-102.7FM General Manager and Executive Producer for the Bulldog Radio Network added, “Events like these are what we are here for. It was a privilege to be able to raise money to support these high school activities.”

KPGZ-102.7FM is Kearney, Missouri’s voice for the community serving as a local advocate for business, education and sports in Kearney, Missouri. The station broadcasts from the KCCoyote Studios in the First Missouri Bank Building. You can listen live on 102.7 FM, online at 1027FM.rocks, or search KPGZ on Tunein.com.

PSS Featured on the Kearney Business Spotlight

The Kearney Business Spotlight gives listeners of 102.7 FM, KPGZ to listen and learn about their Kearney business neighbors. They interview and feature a different Kearney business each week at noon on Mondays with a rebroadcast on Fridays at noon. You can hear fascinating insights from local business owners who help make Kearney and the surrounding area a great place to live and work.

A recent Kearney Business Spotlight featured Printing, Shipping and Signs owner Nancy Ellerman. In this segment, Nancy explains everything from how to easily and properly ship your packages to make sure they arrive undamaged and on time all the way to the best way to get that perfect logo, design, sign or banner designed and displayed in a way that best promotes your business.

Listen to the Kearney Business Spotlight featuring Printing, Shipping and Signs!



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