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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

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

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications.After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations.In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 94 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing. In 2018 he became the Studio Coordinator at the Cumulus Kansas City broadcast center for 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

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