Meet new 'Voice of the Bullpups' Jim Joyner

By Jim Joyner
August 30, 2017

For most 22-year old sports broadcasters, their first stop out of college is usually in a town that’s not even big enough to support a McDonald’s.

But I won the lottery by landing in McPherson, a town that’s known statewide for its great teams, its fans and its passion for sports. To make my start at Mid-Kansas Radio as the “Voice of the Bullpups” for this 2017-18 sports season, which has the potential to be one of the best sports years in the school’s decorated history, is the dream for a sports broadcaster.

I also won the lottery by landing Steve Sell as my broadcast partner, the man who knows more about McPherson sports than anybody on the planet. How many young sports broadcasters have a color analyst that has been covering sports in that town for 39 years? Probably zero.

It’s amazing how all of these things came together in the most perfect way for me, after waiting for the phone to ring for six months. Luckily the phone finally did ring, and Mid-Kansas Radio was on the other end.

I’ve only been in McPherson for a month and I can already tell that this town will be the perfect fit for me.

I graduated from Baker University in December and spent four years broadcasting games for Baker University’s football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer and baseball teams. I was fortunate enough to call two national championship games for Baker football and women’s basketball in 2016 (even though they fell short in both games). I’ve also spent a summer broadcasting baseball games in Florida, broadcasted the NAIA Men’s basketball national tournament for the NAIA and called games at the 6A Boys Basketball State Tournament at Koch Arena.

Kansas high school sports have been a staple in my life since I was old enough to attend Olathe East football and basketball games as a kid in the early 2000s. I’ve spent the last four years broadcasting football for Baldwin High School at the 4A, 4A-I and 4A-II level. It was a huge relief that my first play-by-play job landed me with a school that I was already familiar with, and a classification that I have already been covering for four years.  

Our sports coverage will extend beyond just McPherson High School broadcasts, with coverage of the area on our Saturday Coaches Show, our work on and with my daily sports talk show on our stations, which will be coming this Fall.

Sports are my passion. It’s as simple as that. For those of you that will be listening to Bullpup games this year, you’ll find out quickly how passionate I am about sports and the teams I cover. My goal is to provide the best coverage of any high school team in the state. With a fan base like the one we have here in McPherson, it makes that goal completely possible.

I’m looking forward to a great first year in McPherson and to get to work with all of our fantastic coaches, athletes and fans. I’m ready to add to the craziness of this sports-crazed town.

Jim Joyner