John Thayer


Announcer August 2013-present
Learfield Sports – Coyote Sports Network, Vermillion, SD
  • Serve as play-by-play voice for University of South Dakota women's basketball team
  • Sideline Reporter for South Dakota football broadcasts
  • USD Men’s basketball fill-in
  • Produce pregame, halftime and postgame shows for each broadcast.
  • Coordinate with Coyote Sports Properties general manager about broadcasts
Operations Manager/Sports Director July 2012-present
KVHT/KVTK, Yankton, SD
  • Manage day-to-day activity at the radio station
  • Responsible for directing all sports aired on both radio stations.
  • Serve as main programmer for ESPN 1570 (KVTK)
  • Program all broadcasts associated with Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Wild, WestwoodOne, ESPN and the University of South Dakota.
  • Pre and Post game shows for University of South Dakota football broadcasts
  • Daily Sports Talk Show from 9-11am Monday-Friday
  • Responsible for sportscasts that air on both stations six days per week
  • Lead sports broadcaster for all high school sports
  • Help with severe weather coverage and other duties as assigned
  • Operations Manager title added in 2016
Sports Director October 2011-June 2012
KCSR/KBPY, Chadron, NE
  • Broadcast all high school sports for Chadron High and area schools
  • Broadcast Chadron State College softball
  • Sports updates on two radio stations
  • Daily show and other duties as assigned
Account Executive November 2010-July 2011
KUTT/KWBE, Beatrice, NE
  • Build marketing plans specific to business needs
  • Write advertisement copy
  • Make presentations to business owners and marketing reps
Assistant Director for College Relations June 2009-November 2010
College Fanz Sports Network, Grand Island, NE
  • Served as lead broadcaster for NAIA football and basketball coverage
  • Host of NAIA Basketball Selections shows, announcing national tournament qualifiers
  • Hosted multiple shows
  • Helped compile information and articles for national publications
  • Created video stories from NAIA National Tournaments
  • Other duties as assigned
Sports Director May 2008-May 2009
KSTH, Holyoke, CO
  • Responsible for sports coverage on station
  • Daily 4-hour show
  • News, weather and sports updates
  • Manager duties, including FCC Quarterly Reports


Doane College
BA Journalism, Business Administration minor
Graduated May 2008


Travis Lee
General Manager, Coyote Sports Properties

David Herbster
Athletic Director, University of South Dakota

Matt Coatney
Nebraska women’s basketball play-by-play, Husker Sports Network

Randy Hammer
Program Director, KVHT