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Z-96.3 The Lake Remains Your Radio Home For World Champion Kansas City Chiefs Football

GLEN ELDER, KAN. – Dierking Communications, Inc. this week signed a new contract with Entercom Communications making Z-96.3 The Lake, KZDY-FM Cawker City, the broadcast home of the Kansas City Chiefs in north central Kansas for the next five seasons.

This agreement will provide live play-by-play coverage of Kansas City Chiefs football on free over-the-air radio through the conclusion of the 2025 season. The Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network is helmed by veteran play-by-play announcer Mitch Holthus, who will be entering his 26th season as the Voice of the Chiefs. Holthus is a native of Smith Center, Kansas and called Kansas State University athletics for 14 years prior to joining the Chiefs Radio Network in 1994.

The first broadcast of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network on Z-96.3 The Lake will take place on Saturday, August 15th as the Chiefs host the Cincinnati Bengals in a pre-season contest at Arrowhead Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. The full broadcast schedule can be found on the station website at z963thelake.com.

Z-96.3 The Lake plays adult contemporary music to north central Kansas along with award-winning news, weather, and sports coverage throughout the day. The station is co-located with sister station KD Country 94 – KDNS outside of Glen Elder, Kansas on U.S. Highway 24.


Sat. Aug. 15 – Bengals @ Chiefs – 7:00 PM
Sat. Aug. 22 – Chiefs @ Cardinals – 8:00 PM
Sat. Aug. 29 – Chiefs @ Cowboys – 7:00 PM
Thu. Sept. 3 – Packers @ Chiefs – 7:00 PM


Thu. Sept. 10 – Texans @ Chiefs – 7:20 PM
Sun. Sept. 20 – Chiefs @ Chargers – 3:25 PM
Mon. Sept. 28 – Chiefs @ Ravens – 7:15 PM
Sun. Oct. 4 – Patriots @ Chiefs – 3:25 PM
Sun. Oct. 11 – Raiders @ Chiefs – 12:00 PM
Thu. Oct. 15 – Chiefs @ Bills – 7:20 PM
Sun. Oct. 25 – Chiefs @ Broncos – 3:25 PM
Sun. Nov. 1 – Jets @ Chiefs – 12:00 PM
Sun. Nov. 8 – Panthers @ Chiefs – 12:00 PM
Sun. Nov. 22 – Chiefs @ Raiders – 7:20 PM
Sun. Nov. 29 – Chiefs @ Buccaneers – 3:25 PM
Sun. Dec. 6 – Broncos @ Chiefs – 7:20 PM
Sun. Dec. 13 – Chiefs @ Dolphins – 12:00 PM
Sun. Dec. 20 – Chiefs @ Saints – 3:25 PM
Sun. Dec. 27 – Falcons @ Chiefs – 12:00 PM
Sun. Jan. 3 – Chargers @ Chiefs – 12:00 PM

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
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.

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