Online Encore Event Nov. 16 Celebrates McCain’s First 50 Seasons And Its Future


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MANHATTAN — The Friends of McCain Auditorium is offering a free online encore presentation of the celebration of McCain’s first 50 years at 7 p.m. CST Monday, Nov. 16. The encore is due to the worldwide YouTube outage that prevented some from viewing the event on Nov. 11.

The event celebrates how McCain Auditorium has been bringing world-class performing arts to Kansas State University for a half-century and includes a multimedia groundbreaking and construction update of McCain’s lobby expansion. The celebration is capped by a virtual performance by The Choir of Man, which will present its pub gig of 80-minutes of sing-along classics and classic rock just for the McCain audience. The show features music, dance, humor and an uplifting message of joy.

To view, RSVP at You’ll receive a special link to view the show in a confirmation email after you RSVP. For more information, contact Todd Holmberg, McCain Auditorium executive director, at or call 785-477-3644.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
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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