As the home of Mizzou, the sports staff all have “The Eye of the Tiger.” In addition to broadcasting Mizzou football, basketball, baseball and softball games, Tigers ancillary programming is a staple in The Big 550 coverage that includes it’s sports anchor: The Big Sports Show.
KTRS SPORTS ROSTER
The best conglomeration of St. Louis sports voices resides here. Brendan Wiese hosts the evening show with an insightful and respected array of team members weeknights from 6:30-9:00 p.m.
High School: CBC
College: Lindenwood University
Brendan Wiese returns to where it all began. In 2001, Brendan began his professional radio career as an intern in the KTRS sports department. He worked under Jim Heuer and Jim Holder among others, and reunited with them both as colleagues in 2016.
Brendan began his on-air professional career in 2004, when he joined KRMS Radio at the Lake of the Ozarks. He has been the voice of Camdenton Laker football since 2006, and the TV/Radio voice for the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout, Lake Race, and OPA Championship Powerboat races since 2010.
In addition to many broadcasting duties, Brendan has been the P.A. voice for UMSL athletics since 2014.
In his spare time, Brendan usually tries…and fails terribly at golf. He attempts to quote Seinfeld, Arrested Development, and Ghostbusters whenever the situation calls for it, and even when it doesn’t. He is also an ardent supporter/player of Daily Fantasy Sports. #LetThemPlay
On the air and off, Brendan can talk baseball for hours upon hours. He believes that March Madness is the greatest sporting event of all time. And for some reason, he roots vigorously for Northwestern Football. #B1GCATS
You can hear Brendan Monday-Thursday at 6:30 on the Big Sports Show, and Sundays at 11am on Sports Sunday.
Ben Frederickson joined the KTRS Sports Staff in the fall of 2017, a regular contributor to The Big Sports Show, McGraw Milhaven in the mornings and Guy Phillips in Afternoon Drive. Whether it’s Cardinals baseball, Blues hockey, Mizzou, SLU, MLS or preps, he is on the scene offering his takes on all things St. Louis sports. His columns appear in the Post-Dispatch and at STLToday.com, where he conducts a weekly online chat with readers and hosts multiple podcasts and videos. Frederickson returned to the Post-Dispatch from the Knoxville News Sentinel to begin his columnist career in September 2015.
After graduating from Mizzou and making stops at the Casper Star-Tribune in Wyoming, Fox Sports Midwest in St. Louis and the Knoxville News Sentinel in Tennessee, the Post-Dispatch brought the Sedala, Mo. native back to his home state for good. Frederickson’s work has been awarded by the Associated Press Sports Editors and the Football Writers Association of America.
Since 1971, Jim has been a unique voice to St. Louis sports radio. He welcomes listeners to converse on the air on Sunday mornings with The Big 550 KTRS to talk all things sports.
Howard, a former offensive lineman for Mizzou and a 6-year career in the NFL, is now alongside with Mike Kelly in the broadcast booth for Mizzou Football games as an analyst.
Mike Kelly, The Voice of Mizzou, joins The McGraw Milhaven Show weekday mornings during the college football and basketball seasons. He also calls the play-by-play alongside Howard Richards in the broadcast booth for Mizzou Football games and Gary Link for Mizzou Men’s Basketball games.
Jay Randolph is one of the most revered voices in St. Louis sports history. Locally or nationally, Olympics or Cardinals baseball, golf majors to Blues hockey… His breadth of experience is significant.
Jay Randolph, Jr. continues the family lineage of quality broadcasters. Also having worked on a national scale, Jay Jr. maximizes contacts around the world crystallizing happenings on the links.
Football fans rejoiced when JT joined The Big 550, KTRS. He is now the Blues beat writer for The St. Louis Post-Dispatch having previously covered Mizzou sports for The P-D. Thomas brings a unique and purposeful presentation that football fans devour throughout the season. When the national media wants the real deal, JT is the “go-to guy.”
Since moving to the St. Louis metro area in 2004, Jim Powers has been the go-to guy when it comes to high school sports coverage.
Powers, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, spent many years coaching both football and basketball. After moving to Missouri, Powers then took his knowledge towards the media side in helping the “High School Sports Caravan” grow and expand high school coverage. He has been the studio host since 2004, and has also done play-by-play and color work on the broadcasts.
While hosting the Caravan, Powers also worked as a co-host for Prep Zone on Fox Sports and as an analyst for the MSHSAA Basketball Championships. Powers has done side work for the Missouri Valley Football Conference for over two seasons.
Today, Powers continues to be a part of the Fox Sports Prep Zone every Friday night during the football and basketball seasons as a Prep Expert. He is the Coordinating Producer for PlayOn! Sports. He handles the production of all the State Championship broadcasts in Missouri, Arkansas, Nebraska, and Kansas. Powers also handles play-by-play duties for many sports at Maryville University.