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At NBC North Dakota Sports, we take great pride in being your Sports Leader. For over two decades, we have provided our viewers with exclusive statewide coverage of North Dakota’s biggest sporting events, the state high school hockey and basketball tournaments. These LIVE telecasts air on our powerhouse network of stations in North Dakota, including KFYR-TV in Bismarck, KMOT-TV in Minot, KUMV-TV in Williston, KQCD-TV in Dickinson and KVLY-TV in Fargo and Grand Forks.
Our technology allows us to bring you the sights and sounds from every major city in North Dakota. We own a LIVE mobile production truck loaded with broadcast equipment capable of providing seven camera angles, replay, animation and special effects. During a telecast, this LIVE truck is staffed by seven individuals, including the producer, director, technical director, replay operator, an audio tech and two graphics and animation operators, along with multiple engineers. Inside the arena, nearly 20 people work behind-the-scenes to complete the telecast, including photographers, floor producers, grips and on-air talent.
We are committed in bringing our viewers in every corner in the state the finest in high school tournament action, year after year. We hope you enjoy this year’s coverage of the State Football Championships from Grand Forks, the State Hockey Tournament from Grand Forks, the Boy’s State “B” from Minot, the Super “A” from Bismarck and the Girl’s State “B” from Fargo.
Meet the Announcer Team
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 twice, plus I was honored with the N.B.N.A. Eric Sevareid Award for sports play-by-play multiple times. 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.
Veteran sports anchor of KUMV-TV. Voted by his colleagues as the North Dakota Sportscaster of the Year in 1983, 1998, 2003, 2006 and AGAIN in 2007.
In January of 2005, Jon was named the winner of the Western Star Award given by the city of Williston. The award is given to a resident for past achievements, honors, and awards.
In June 2001 he was named the winner of the Award of Merit from the North Dakota Coaches’ Association. In May of 1995 he received a Distinguished Service Award from the Williston Education Association.
Cole is a 1976 graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, and an Honor Graduate of C.W. Post College in Greenvale, NY, with a BA in Communications.
“I believe the best aspect of my job is the great folks I have covered in over 24 years in Northwestern North Dakota and Eastern Montana. They are truly great folks – the backbone of this country and their stories deserve to be told. It’s my great honor to do this”.
“I have a passion for Sports and I hope that comes across every night”.
Born and raised an Iowan, I now call North Dakota home. After spending a little over a year working for KWWL-TV in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, I'm ready to explore all that North Dakota has to offer.
I'm a 2006 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa. While there, I spent time anchoring and reporting news and sports for the campus news station. After college I joined the staff at KWWL where I worked with both news and sports.
That set me up perfectly for my job as a sports and news reporter here at KFYR-TV.
When I'm away from work, I enjoy checking up on the UNI Panthers, watching TV, and playing basketball.
In a professional sense, I've been in the TV business only 10 months, but it feels much longer than that. I knew from an early age that since I couldn't play sports at all, I might as well talk about them and work in the business.
I've been involved in television sports since my sophomore year in high school when I began broadcasting junior varsity football and basketball at Carmel High School (Go Hounds). From there I moved on to covering the varsity games where I was fortunate enough to win back to back state championships for my play by play work. I decided to follow my dream and attend Syracuse Univeristy and its outstanding Newhouse School of Public Communicaiton. I worked at the student TV station reporting, anchoring, and hosting a variety fo shows that covered the local Orange sports scene.
Upon graduating last December, I accepted a job at KTVO-TV in Ottumwa, Iowa where I was able to cover many local high school sporting events. It made me realize that in this business, it's important to keep things local. At the beginning of October, I started work here at KMOT. I can already tell I'm going to love this place. It's a tremendous sports scene with a Division 2 university and two high schools with great tradition. With this region's population booming, I can only suspect that the sports scene will only get bigger. Whereas some people decry sports as trivial, I feel like they're extremely important. Some of my greatest life lessons I've learned have been through sports and to see whole towns come and support their local team is refreshing. There's a sense of community and I love that.
In my free time, I love playing basketball and golf (can't wait for the golf courses to reopen in the spring). I like to read, watch movies, and listen to music (rap, rock, blues, soul are all musts). I also like to call myself a sports nerd, watching any game that's on and devouring the history. My teams are the Pacers, Colts, Mets, New York Rangers, and Syracuse. I can't wait to bring you the local sports day in and day out. Have a story idea you want to bounce off me? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow me on twitter at @johnnymangano.