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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Aug. 6, 2013

Bearcat Radio Network set to begin 15th season broadcasting Northwest athletics

Northwest alumni Matt Gaarder (left) and John Coffey have comprised the Bearcat Radio Network’s professional broadcast team since the network’s inaugural season in 1999. KXCV 90.5 FM in Maryville, the 100,000-watt flagship of the Bearcat Radio Network is the region's most powerful station and reaches listeners in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.

Northwest alumni Matt Gaarder (left) and John Coffey have comprised the Bearcat Radio Network’s professional broadcast team since the network’s inaugural season in 1999. KXCV 90.5 FM in Maryville, the 100,000-watt flagship of the Bearcat Radio Network is the region's most powerful station and reaches listeners in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.

Bearcat Radio Network

The Northwest Missouri State Bearcat football team kicks off its 2013 season Sept. 5, and the Bearcat Radio Network will be there for the 15th consecutive season to bring fans all of the action.

“Our partnership with the Bearcat Radio Network provides an excellent opportunity for our fan base to connect with the Bearcats,” Northwest Director of Athletics Mel Tjeerdsma said. “We greatly appreciate the community and area support that we receive each year from this joint venture.”

KXCV, the award-winning National Public Radio affiliate broadcasting from the Northwest campus, has served as the flagship station of the Bearcat Radio Network since its launch in 1999. With 100,000 watts behind it, KXCV is the most powerful station in the region and reaches parts of four states – Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.

The Bearcat Radio Network broadcasts every Bearcat football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball game, home or away, during the season. 

In addition to KXCV 90.5 FM in Maryville, the Bearcat Radio Network can be heard on:

Fans may listen to broadcasts on the radio or on the web anywhere in the world by logging on to www.kxcv.org or www.bearcatsports.com. Fans also may listen on their smartphones by downloading the NPR or TuneIn Radio apps, which are available at the iTunes or Google Play stores, and finding KXCV via those apps. Additionally, audio reader coverage is available for the hearing impaired.

“We’re excited about being the voice of the Bearcats, as we have since 1999, and we’re especially pleased that our broadcast team remains the same,” KXCV Station Manager Rodney Harris said. “We appreciate the loyal support of our listeners and business underwriters throughout the region and remain committed to serving them with our award-winning programming.”

Northwest alumni John Coffey and Matt Gaarder will again comprise the Bearcat Radio Network’s professional broadcast team for 2013-2014, as they have done since the network’s inaugural season. Coffey, known as the “Voice of the Bearcats,” has broadcast Bearcat football and basketball games since 1985, while Gaarder joined the Bearcat Radio Network prior to the 1999 football campaign.

“The excitement leading up to a season is hard to put into words,” Gaarder said. “For John and me to stay on and continue with the Bearcat Radio Network makes it that much more fun. We’ve spent so many years together that we can anticipate each other’s words and know what each other is thinking during the broadcast. That partnership makes the broadcast flow because we know each other as well as we do.”

In addition, the Bearcat Radio Network hosts the weekly Bearcat Coaches Show, which features live interviews with Bearcat coaches and student-athletes. Coffey and Gaarder emcee the show at Carson’s Sports Grill each Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m., beginning Sept. 12 and running through March 2014.

Along with Bearcat sports, the station provides in-depth local and regional news and information, national news, alternative programming, and severe weather and emergency broadcast coverage. This fall, KXCV will debut “All Things Northwest,” featuring Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski discussing news, events and issues important to the region and University.

Signing on the air in 1971, KXCV was the first full-power public radio service in Missouri. In 1993, KRNW went on the air in Chillicothe, extending programming across most of the northern 25 percent of the state of Missouri. Since its inception under the leadership of its station managers and Northwest presidents, KXCV has served as a training ground for Northwest students interested in broadcasting. The dual mission of serving listeners and training students remains foremost in the KXCV-KRNW mission.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468