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  • All-Star moment

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      TONY WRISINGER

      How many years have you been co-executive director of the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association: Seven.

      What motivates you?...

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      TONY WRISINGER

      How many years have you been co-executive director of the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association: Seven.

      What motivates you? “Success.”

      Who is your role model? “Bob Stiegler, a sales representative for the Kansas City Royals Radio Network for 42 years.”

      No one knows this about me: “I rented cars to Walter Cronkite, Arthur Ashe, Carrie Fisher and Telly Savalas while I was branch manager for Hertz in New York.”

      BRIAN JOHNSTON

      How many years have you been co-executive director of the GKCFCA: Seven.

      What motivates you? “Personally, my family. My wife just completed her masters and will begin teaching art at Pleasant Hill High School and I'm proud of her hard work. My kids work hard in school and are involved in so many activities it's hard to keep them straight! Professionally, I especially admire the individual who starts from nothing, finds a niche and builds a business from the ground up.”

      Who is your role model? “I have several in different walks of my life. In high school Jim Parsons taught me to be passionate about something and give 110 percent. In college, Tom Van Hoy taught me how to broadcast games. Tim Crone taught me football. Andy Oxman taught me to play guitar and have the courage to get on stage. CiCi Rojas taught me how to volunteer and get involved in my community. And recently, Jack Birch has taught be more about business and how sponsorship works than I have learned in 18 years.”

      No one knows this about me: “I was born in the wrong era. Probably should have been born about 1915. I like simple things like baseball on radio and absolutely love jazz. I cannot get enough of it and love the history of jazz in Kansas City. I'm fortunate to serve on the board of the American Jazz Museum.”

  • Tony Wrisinger and Brian Johnston are two metro area pioneers when it comes to promoting high school sports.
    The longtime friends founded Vision Sports, an award-winning broadcast team that has been the voice of Blue Springs and Blue Springs South football on KCWJ 1030 AM since 1997. During the past 17 years Vision Sports has been recognized by the Missouri Broadcasters Association 12 times as the best college or high school play-by-play broadcast in Missouri.
    Starting in 2001, Vision Sports and the Blue Springs School District teamed up to air the television rebroadcasts of the Vision Sports Game of the Week on the BSSD Television Network (Comcast 15 and ATT U-Verse 99) in Eastern Jackson County. These rebroadcasts air at 10:30 p.m. the same night of the game, and also air six additional times throughout Saturday evening.
    Because of their strong ties to the prep football community, Wrisinger and Johnston were named co-executive directors of the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association seven years ago, and that association has grown to more than 110 coaches, representing 102 metro area schools from both sides of the state line, under their guidance and leadership.
    Wrisinger and Johnston recently brokered a deal that would make Blue Springs and Blue Springs South high schools the home of the Kansas vs. Missouri High School All-Star Football game for the next four years. This year's game will be played June 19 at Peve Stadium on the campus of Blue Springs High School.
    Tickets to the game are $10 for adults and $5 for senior/students (with an ID). They are available at the gate the day of the game.
    Q: How did you get the all-star game in your own backyard for the next four years?
    Johnston: “It was Tony's idea, and it was a great idea. Blue Springs is the hotbed for prep football with Blue Springs winning the last two big class state championships and South winning the year before that. We had to convince the coaches on the board to play the game here, and they were unanimous in moving the game to Blue Springs.”
    Wrisinger: “When we made the proposal to the football coaches association they agreed that this would be a great site for the game and the Blue Springs School District was very supportive of the idea. I talked with Kelly (Donohoe, Blue Springs coach), Greg (Oder, Blue Springs South coach), Mark Bubalo (Blue Springs district activities director) and Dr. (Paul) Kinder and Dr. (Jim) Findley and they thought it was a great idea. Now, the game is just over a week away and we couldn't be any more excited than to have it call Blue Springs home the next four years.”
    Q: Do you have anything special planned to promote the game in the area?
    Page 2 of 2 - Wrisinger: “Any area Little League football player can wear their jersey or a shirt from their team and get into the game free with a paid adult. We want the kids to see this game because they are the future of area football. We're going to seat them where the Golden Regiment sits and TWC SportsChannel is going to show them during the broadcast.”
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