Entertainment

102.7 FM Ready to Broadcast Bulldog Hoops

The Bulldog Radio Network and 102.7FM are back for their second year as the broadcast voice of Kearney High School home basketball games for the 2019-2020 season.

KPGZ-102.7FM home-game broadcasts begin on December 6 th as the Bulldogs take on the Fort Osage Indians. Pre-game airs at approximately 6:40 p.m. Live, play-by-play broadcast begins at 7:00 p.m. Post-game analysis can be heard immediately after the game.

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

“We are extremely proud to be the radio voice of the Kearney Bulldogs. We have a great time announcing the play-by-play and interviewing the coaches and athletes,” said Brian Watts, General Manager for the station. “We had a great response to the football broadcasts and post-game video interviews this season. We look forward to bringing the video interview feature to Bulldog Basketball this year!”

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.

Jesse James Birthplace restoration project offers unique opportunity

Join 102.7FM KPGZ and Mike Davis as we go inside the restoration of the Jesse James Birthplace near Kearney, Missouri.

This restoration is providing an amazing and rare glimpse at early 19th-century pioneer architecture and engineering. Workers recently removed the aging exterior siding as well as deteriorated interior wallboards and insulation that had been added to the original cabin in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when it was still owned by the James Family. This restoration work has revealed the original cabin logs, nails, and chinking, as well as floor and ceiling timbers, several of which still have their original bark from when they were felled in 1822.

For the next several months, visitors to the James Farm will be able to see all of the exposed timbers and interior cabin framework while workers prepare to recover them, leaving only a small protected section available to see in the future. It will be decades if ever before the original cabin framework is completely exposed again.

This is an incredible and very brief opportunity for students, history buffs, Jesse James aficionados, and anyone interested in seeing a genuine piece of our pioneer, Civil War, and wild west heritage.

This is only the second major restoration and protection project since the Jesse James Farm was acquired by Clay County in 1978 and is one of many deferred maintenance projects being addressed by the Tax-Free Bond Initiative passed by the Clay County Commission in 2018. An update of the James Farm Visitors Center was completed earlier this year. The completion of this project in early 2020 will ensure that this priceless, nearly 200-year-old piece of Clay County history is reinforced and better protected from nature to ensure its enjoyment for generations to come.

Long Time Community Member Joins KPGZ Board of Directors

102.7FM KPGZ in Kearney, Missouri is proud to announce that Jim Dier is now a part of the radio station’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Dier completed a 30 year career with the United States District Court in Baton Rouge, Wichita, and Kansas City, KS before he and his wife Debbie moved to the area in 1995.  Since then he has been an active member of the Kearney-Holt community by serving on several advisory boards as well as doing personal service projects.

 

Mr. Dier has served the following organizations:

•       Kearney School District Board for two terms (6 years)
•       Holt Fire District Board of Directors for 6 years (5 years as president)
•       Kearney Education Foundation Advisory Board for 4 years
•       Clay County Charter Commission for 2 terms
•       Canonball Festival Committee
•       Upward Youth Basketball coach at the First Baptist Church of Kearney
•       Kearney Business Group
•       Kearney Chamber of Commerce
•       Kearney Family Chiropractic Center
•       102.7FM KPGZ News Team

Mr. Dier is also a very active member of the First Baptist Church of Holt, serves meals to senior citizens, and makes monthly visits to Oak Pointe of Kearney to chat with seniors.

“Jim is one of Kearney’s gems,” said Brian Watts, General Manager of 102.7FM. “He has a servant’s heart and loves to volunteer. We appreciate all that he has done in our community and we feel he will bring great knowledge, ideas and service to the radio station’s Board of Directors”.

Mr. Dier currently volunteers at the radio station as news caster and voice over talent as well as performing community outreach and operational functions.

Bulldog Football Returns to 102.7FM – KPGZ

The Bulldog Radio Network and 102.7FM are ready to kick off their third year of broadcasting Kearney High School home football games for the 2019 season.

KPGZ-102.7FM home-game broadcasts begin on August 30 when the Bulldogs take on the Harrisonville Wildcats. Pre-game airs at 6:40 p.m. Live play-by-play broadcast begins at 7:00 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 or MyTuner Radio Apps and searching KPGZ.

“It is an honor to broadcast the Kearney Bulldog games again this year,” said Brian Watts, General Manager for the station. “We are so excited to be back in the pressbox and to represent the radio voice of Kearney Football and this community.”

Play by play for the game will be 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, high school football play-by-play announcer for the WHB 810 Varsity Sports Network and as host of the Kansas City Alive
television show.

Mike Davis will be handling the color commentary for the broadcast. He is an award-winning creative director, radio and television voiceover talent and the host of Kearney LIVE, The Coach Gray Show, and the Kearney Business Spotlight on 102.7FM.

                                                        Jim Dickerson             Mike Davis            Brian Watts

For more information regarding the broadcasts or for underwriting opportunities, contact:

Brian Watts, General Manager, 102.7FM
brian.watts@1027FM.rocks
816-826-1111

102.7FM KPGZ Best of the Northland Winner

102.7 FM KPGZ General Manager Brian Watts and Vice President Jim Dickerson were proud to accept the Best of the Northland Award at the Best of the Northland reception on July 24th, which was held at the Belvior Winery.

The Courier Tribune has long been an advocate of shopping local and supporting the resources in the local area.   It is an easy cause to get behind.

The annual Best of the Northland reader’s choice contest is just one way to show retailers, service providers, medical providers, nonprofits and a host of other businesses and individuals that their hard work is making a difference in the community.

As April 9, a total of 20,000 votes had been cast online in this year’s contest. Northlanders want to weigh in on who gets this year’s Best of the Northland seal of approval.

Now in its 29th year, the Best of the Northland invites readers of the Courier-Tribune and Gladstone Dispatch to vote, via write-in ballot, for their favorite establishments and people north of the river in more than 100 categories.

What makes this contest unique among “best of” competitions is that it is truly driven by the voters. Each category starts blank, waiting for the voter to write in their preference. There is no predetermined slate of nominees telling you what is trendy or popular at the moment. That is a determination made by Best of the Northland voters.

If you want to know where Northlanders are gravitating, just pick up the Best of the Northland winner’s tab in the Courier-Tribune or Gladstone Dispatch on July 29 and look on social media for #botnkc2019.

2019 Opal Wapoo Gravel Grinder Huge Success!!

The Opal Wapoo Gravel Grinder combined the best of both worlds – a challenging, scenic gravel route that started and ended in a town full of hospitality (and free beer at the finish!), Excelsior Springs. The race took place during the Waterfest, an annual festival celebrating Excelsior Springs’ mineral water heritage. Riders were led out of town by a 1953 Johnny Popper (John Deere) tractor, and within a few miles they left the pavement and hit the gravel roads and journeyed through the Missouri countryside. Riders traversed down hilly, curvy, flat, tree-lined roads, past streams,  through streams in a low-water crossings, in an area where the terrain is ever-changing. Cars were few and far between, and folks waved at riders from their fields as they rode by. Riders continued through the Crooked Creek Conservation area.  As they rode back into town, the party was waiting for the riders at the finish in the middle of the Waterfest, an annual festival in Excelsior Springs.  Riders were met at the finish line with a free beer and a bite to eat provided by local businesses.

Riders were severely challenged with hills, hills and more hills! There was roughly 8,000+ feet of climb on the 100-mile Wapoo race and around 5,500+ feet of climb on the 52-mile Opal race. These gravel routes mixed in long, gradual hills with short, steep hills. But what goes up must come down, with an almost equal amount of descent! Riders discovered the hidden gems in the gravel roads of Ray County, which twist and curve their ways through classic midwest countryside.

Race Results can be found here.

Opal Wapoo Changes Course

The Midwest is currently experiencing historic flooding and weather. The City of Hardin and areas surrounding the Missouri River flats are experiencing very difficult flooding conditions. It is hard to predict what challenges will come. For this reason, The organizers of the Opal Wapoo Gravel Grinder have made the decision to move their Wapoo 100 course north, which will effectively eliminate the river flats from the course (Note: the 52-mile and 20-mile courses are NOT affected).

Organizers said that the last thing they wanted to do was present additional pressure to residents and county road crews preparing for and cleaning up with the floods, adding there is no way to know when roads will be passable again.

Organizer Phil Scherer said, “Although they love the diversity of terrain that the flats bring to our race, with change comes new reasons for excitement. Expect more elevation gain.”

Garmin estimates 5300 feet of climb which will most likely be near 8000 feet when ridden based on last years estimates.

For new maps of the routes, visit: Opal Wapoo Courses

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.

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