John Kurtz

John has been with Manhattan Brodacasting since 2009 when he started as a sports intern. He was hired full-time after graduating from K-State in 2011, and was named Sports Director in the summer of 2013. At K-State John was the runner-up for the Jim Nantz Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate sportscaster. You can hear John on “The Game” weekday afternoons from 4-6 PM and Powercat Gameday two hours before kickoff of every K-State football game. He’s also the play-by-play voice of Manhattan High boys basketball and football.

John was born the year Coach Snyder got to K-State (1989), and growing up he spent his falls making many weekend trips to visit his grandparents and watch K-State football in Manhattan. His family had season tickets to K-State football as a kid which gave him a chance to be there for some of the greatest wins in Wildcat football history. ’98 Nebraska, ’00 Nebraska and ’02 USC are his favorites. He also has an unhealthy obsession with the 1998 K-State football team, the greatest team in college football history that didn’t win a national title.

John hails from Kansas City and is very proud of it. Not surprisingly his favorite meal in the world is burnt ends, fries and red cream soda from the original Arthur Bryants in Kansas City.