The third time’s the charm for Real Country 1030 AM’s Rob Evans, but that should come as no surprise – as the first and second were charmed, too.
Evans won the Missouri Broadcasters Association Large Market Play by Play award for the third year in a row. He shared this year’s award with color analyst Tim Crone, who joined Evans on their award-winning Blue Springs-Blue Springs South High School district football game.
“Rob is a pro’s pro,” said Vision Sports and KCWJ’s Tony Wrisinger, who has been a part of broadcasting Wildcats and Jaguars football games since 1997. “No one works harder than Rob or cares more about his profession. He came to KCWJ three years ago and is now an important part of the prep sports scene in Eastern Jackson County.”
Evans has broadcast football, basketball and baseball games for KCWJ and recently broadcast Blue Springs South’s third-place finish in the recent Class 5 Missouri state baseball final four.
“Rob and Tony and everyone at KCWJ are doing something special for the kids in Eastern Jackson County,” said Crone, a former football coach and activities director at Blue Springs High School. “Rob is a real pro, and I mean a pro!
“And what they’re doing is special because they’re broadcasting all kinds of games – football, boys and girls basketball and baseball – and if you’re doing something good for kids, I’m your No. 1 fan. I hope the community realizes what KCWJ is doing and supports the station.”
Evans, a 1974 graduate of Glendale High School in Springfield, broadcast Missouri State University sports and served as the play-by-play man for the Tidewater Tides, a team in the New York Mets organization in Norfolk, Va., before joining the KCWJ staff.
“This honor is truly special,” said Evans, who won both first and second place honors for his broadcasts in 2016 and 2017 (this year there was no second-place award). “Before coming to KCWJ, I never thought about winning an award or actually won an award. I replaced a Hall of Famer in Dale Carter (a Hall of Fame disc jockey and program director at KFKF who is also the Kansas City Chiefs public address announcer) and my job was to not mess things up – just keep things moving down the road.
“This station had a lot of success before I got here and I am honored that we’re still having success.”