(February 9, 2012) Job openings can be a great excuse to hit the highway for an old-fashioned road trip – that’s what Derek Diesner decided when he found out about a position with Rocking M Radio in Great Bend, KS.
An STAA client since November 2011, Diesner has been hired at KZRS-FM, KSOB-FM KNNS-AM and KRMR-FM in Great Bend.
Diesner will handle a variety of sports broadcasting duties including play-by-play for Barton County Community College baseball and volleyball. He will likely also have opportunity to broadcast BCCC softball and host a daily sports talk show. Plus, there will be some news and sales duties.
“The people are great – the people at the station and in the town, and the job offers so much variety,” Diesner says. “The great thing, too, is the station is going through a facelift, a rebuilding of sorts. Nothing is set in stone. I pretty much get to run with my own ideas.”
Diesner emailed his cover letter and Talent Page link to Brett Middleton, GM of Rocking M Radio after receiving an email from about the opening from STAA. The ownership group had used STAA in the past to fill positions and once again contacted STAA when this position opened up. The lead was not publicized anywhere else.
When Diesner spoke with Middleton over the phone he volunteered to drive down to Kansas from Wisconsin. Jen Tossey, Diesner’s girlfriend, came along for the weekend trip. After the end of the weekend, Middleton gave job offers to both Diesner and Tossey.
Tossey will work in sales, promotions, and productions, along with the opportunity to host a daily on-air shift.
For his part, Diesner appreciates STAA’s assistance in landing his new job. “It’s been very helpful. Getting job leads emailed to me, especially the ones that aren’t going out to the public, has been a huge help,” Diesner says.
“And the Talent Page is huge. I can’t even put into words how much that has helped. To go to the Talent Page and have that there – I know employers like it and I love it. All the information employers are going to want is right there in front of them. It beats going to the post office and hoping the package doesn’t get damaged in the mail. It is one of the reasons I joined STAA and I am definitely glad I did. I would definitely recommend it to any sportscaster.”
“I also want to thank my Mom (Eileen) for helping me join STAA in the first place,” Diesner smiles. “Without her, none of this would of happened.”