School: Oral Roberts University
Hometown: Naperville, Ill.
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Voted the No. 1 Local Television Personality the past several years, Rod has been delivering the sports news on KRCG 13 for three decades. He's covered Super Bowls with the St. Louis Rams, World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals, Missouri bowl games and SEC and Big 12 Championship games, and NCAA Tournaments for Mizzou. His coverage of local high school sports on KRCG's Football Friday Night and Basketball Tuesday and Friday Nights is considered some of the best in the Midwest. Perhaps he's best known, however, for Rod's Big Ol' Fish! He's shown off more than 10,000 pictures of viewers and their catches from deep sea fishing trips, to the Lake of the Ozarks, to "Grandpa's Pond."
While he loves to cover local teams and athletes, Rod also has a passion to help local charities. He's the busiest MC in Mid-Missouri, leading fundraisers like the Heart Association Heart Ball, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Special Learning Center events, United Cerebral Palsy's "Wing Ding" and "Deal or No Deal," along with the annual YMCA and Samaritan Center benefit auction. He's also led the way in support of the United Way, and the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and enjoys his opportunities to speak at local churches and civic organizations.
Above all, however, faith and family come first for Rod. He spends most of his free time with his wife and three beautiful daughters, Brittany, Brooke and Paige, in their many activities. While he's covered thousands of sporting events, his favorites are those that include the Smith girls.
Rod and his wife Lana have been married for 27 years.
In 2019, Rod was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.