KD 94 & Z-96.3 Wins 5 Broadcasting Awards


TOPEKA – The Kansas Association of Broadcasters today announced individual station awards for 2021. KD Country 94 & Z-96.3 The Lake took home 5 total awards in the small market radio category.

Public Affairs Program
1st Place – KDNS – Community Matters – Senator Jerry Moran interview – Wade Gerstner

Complete Sportscast
2nd Place – KDNS – KD Country 94 Sports – Dusty Deines

Editorial Commentary
Honorable Mention – KDNS – Coaching Is Not Easy – Wade Gerstner

Sports Play-by-Play
1st Place – KZDY – Girls State Hoops: Wetmore vs. St. John’s/Tipton – Wade Gerstner

Station Website
2nd Place – KDNS – – Derek Nester, Dusty Deines

Award winners will receive their awards at the Kansas Association of Broadcasters Awards in Wichita on Monday, October 4th.

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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