While growing up in Tea, South Dakota, my vision in life was to follow my father's footsteps and become a farmer. In the late 70's & early 80's interest rates were 20% or higher so my vision needed to change. Today, I'm the Sports Director for KFYR-TV, a position I've enjoyed since the retirement of Rog Higgins in 1989. I'm also the play-by-play announcer for LIVE, statewide high school sporting events, NBC North Dakota Sports televises exclusively each year.
Recently, I was awarded the prestigious National Sportscasters & Sportswriters Association's Powerade Award for the National Broadcast Story of the Year, for a four-part series I did on North Dakota's vote to add a third class of high school basketball. This national honor is something I cherish because the National Print Story of the Year winner was Gary Smith of Sports Illustrated, so to be in that company is special.
I've been blessed with many additional accolades throughout my career. I've been chosen by my peers as the North Dakota Sportscaster of the Year three times, I was named Sportscaster of the Year by the North Dakota Broadcasters Association four times, plus I was honored with the N.B.N.A. Eric Sevareid Award for sports play-by-play. And in 2002, I received an once-in-a-lifetime "Award of Merit" from the North Dakota High School Coaches Association.
My wife Amber and I moved to Bismarck in 1989. I'm a graduate of Lennox, South Dakota High School and Southwest State University in Marshall, Minnesota, with a B.S. in Speech Communications/Radio-TV.
My hobbies include fishing and golfing.
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