Save The Date, Late Night in the Phog Set For Oct. 4th

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – An annual fan favorite, the 35th Late Night in the Phog, signaling the official start of KU’s men’s and women’s basketball seasons, will be Friday, Oct. 4, at historic Allen Fieldhouse.

KU alumni and fans will migrate to Lawrence for the entire weekend as Kansas football will host Oklahoma Saturday, Oct. 5. Kickoff time for the OU at KU contest from David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium will be announced mid-September.

Late Night in the Phog will feature music by the KU pep band, routines from KU’s spirit squad and dance teams, skits by both basketball teams, video highlights from KU’s award-winning Rock Chalk Video department, coach and student-athlete introductions, scrimmages by the KU women’s and men’s teams and much more.

Details involving the Late Night in the Phog format will be released closer to the event.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.