Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Are you ready for Linfield Wildcats 2013 football?

Watch the ‘Cats on the road in Abilene, Texas; Cleveland; Spokane, Wash.; as well as Salem and Forest Grove. And, of course, there’s nothing like games on historic Maxwell Field with Memorial Stadium full of fans. Link to schedule.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Linfield football play-by-play 'voice,' NOT including on Linfield student radio station

Over the years, the same commercial radio station (1260 AM) in McMinnville, Oregon, KMCM , which later became KCYX and later became KLYC (as it is now) has carried Linfield Wildcat football. This is a list of those who did football play-by-play, not color. In some cases, if the color person did play-by-play during part of the broadcast, they are listed. Linfield's student radio station, KSLC (90.3 FM), has also carried Linfield football. If you have a complete/definitive/accurate list of those who did football play-by-play for the student station or have a correction for the list below, please contact

1958 Craig Singletary
1957 Craig Singletary
1958 Craig Singletary
1959 Craig Singletary
1960 Craig Singletary
1961 Craig Singletary
1962 Craig Singletary
1963 Craig Singletary
1964 Craig Singletary
1965 Craig Singletary
1966 Dick Bacon
1967 Dick Bacon
*1968 Dick Bacon
*1969 Dick Bacon
1970 Chuck McKeen
1971 Dick Bacon
1972 Dick Bacon

1973 Larry Ward
1974 Larry Ward
*1975 Larry Ward
1976 Larry Ward
1977 Larry Ward

1978 Dave Hansen
1979 Dave Hansen
1980 Dave Hansen
1981 Dave Hansen
1982 Dave Hansen
1983 Dave Hansen
1984 Dave Hansen
1985 Dave Hansen
1986 Dave Hansen
1987 Dave Hansen
1988 Dave Hansen
1989 Dave Hansen
1990 Dave Hansen
1991 Dave Hansen
1992 Dave Hansen
1993 Dave Hansen

1994 Steve Lindsley

1995 Mark Marshall/Joe Dominey
1996 Mark Marshall/Joe Dominey
1997 Mark Marshall/Joe Dominey

1998 Marty Hough
1999 Marty Hough

2000 Darrell Aune
2001 Darrell Aune
2002 Darrell Aune
2003 Darrell Aune
2004 Darrell Aune
2005 Darrell Aune
2006 Darrell Aune
2007 Darrell Aune 

2008 Darrell Aune

2009 Dave Hansen

2010 Bill Johnson
2011 Bill Johnson
2012 Bill Johnson
2013 Bill Johnson
2014 Bill Johnson
2015 Bill Johnson/Kevin Nelson
2016 Kevin Nelson 
2017 Kevin Nelson
2018 Kevin Nelson
2019 Graeme Fineman

-Printed program from Dec. 3, 1968, UPS at Linfield men's basketball game says, Dick Bacon and Chuck McKeen, KMCM news director, will "broadcast 24 Wildcat games this season. KMCM will carry every Wildcat game live except this week-end's pair on tilts at the University of Alaska."

-At the end of the 1969 season, Linfield football traveled to Honolulu and played the University of Hawaii. According to an article in the Nov. 11, 1969, McMinnville News-Register, "...The Wildcat game will be broadcast live from Hawaii via the Early Bird satellite and radio KMCM. It will begin at 8 p.m. Hawaii which corresponds to 10 p.m. Linfield time.” Article also says, "Dick Bacon will do the chores from the booth. This is the first time the early bird satellite has been used for the broadcast of a small college game." For the record, Early Bird, the world's first commercial communications satellite, was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., into synchronous orbit on April 6, 1965, and placed in commercial service on June 28 of that year.

-From Nov. 10, 1969, Linfield Athletics Newsletter: "For the first time in Linfield sports history, radio KMCM is broadcasting all home and away football games. Dick Bacon, local businessman, and Frank Molek, Linfield grad and former student body president, are handling the coverage for KMCM. Dick has already left for the Hawaii game as he is combining both business and pleasure on this one! In July 2009, Molek told Wildatville,"Dick and I had great fun, and we got to see the games first hand. We were a (broadcasting) team for only (one) season. I left for Georgetown (and graduate school) the following year."

 -Dick Bacon’s obituary in the March 8, 2005, McMinnville N-R/News-Register says he “served as a freelance sportscaster from 1949 until 1971. He broadcast Linfield football and basketball as well as McMinnville High School games. In 1968 he traveled to Honolulu with Linfield to make the first broadcast from Hawaii using a new satellite system.” Note: The Sat., Nov. 16, 1968, game was football, Linfield at Hawaii. The satellite system was, according to Wikipedia, Intelsat I (nicknamed Early Bird for the proverb "The early bird catches the worm") was the first commercial communications satellite to be placed in geosynchronous orbit, on April 6, 1965.

--Story ‘Linfield, McMinnville coach, administrator Perry Stubberfield dies’ by Rusty Rae, Sport Editor, McMinnville N-R/News-Register, Dec 4, 2016. Updated 12/5/16 at 5 p.m, includes “For a short time, he teamed with Dave Hansen in the broadcast booth, calling Wildcat football games on the radio. “I loved working with Perry,” Hansen said of his former broadcast partner. “He always had an interesting perspective on the game and he was just a fun guy to be around, always very upbeat.” However, Wildcatville contacted Dave Hansen. On 12/6/2016, he told Wildcatville he was misquoted. “I said I enjoyed WATCHING games (baseball) with Perry,” Dave explained. Thus, this confirmed Perry never worked in a radio booth with Dave doing Linfield Wildcat football play-by-play and Perry doing color commentary.

--From the 1975 Linfield football media guide, edited by Craig Allen, Linfield’s sports information director:

KMCM, KSLC to Air ‘Cats -- For the third straight year, Larry Ward and Dave Hansen will head up Linfield Wildcat radio coverage on KMCM (1260). Larry, who will handle play-by-play, was a Shrine football all-star at Maupin. He has been in broadcasting six years, having called action for 800 different sports events. He and his wife Mary Lynn have one son and are expecting another. Colorman Hansen, professor in Linfield’s Economic-Business department, was valedictorian of his Jefferson High class and attended Willamette, Carnegie Tech and Portland State. He has coached tennis at Linfield and is an expert bridge player. KMCM will once again originate coverage on the Northwest Sports Network, which carried Linfield’s NAIA playoff game from Sequin, Tex. in 1974. Ted Desel, a Linfield drama professor, will anchor ‘Cat football coverage on KSLC-FM (90.3)

Photo by McMinnville News-Register's Tom Ballard courtesy of the N-R. Appeared (or was supposed to appear) in the 12/31/1975 N-R.  Larry Ward (right) and Dave Hansen of McMinnville's KMCM-AM radio  broadcasting a Linfield men's home basketball game in Riley Gym. 

In 2012, Larry Ward told Wildcatville he recalled his broadcast opening comment for Linfield home men's basketball games often were, for example  "Tonight...from The Barn, the Wildcats meet Lewis and Clark for a conference showdown...right here on KMCM radio!" He said after broadcasting  three or four games from Riley Gym, he started calling it "The Barn" from time to time. "It stuck with a lot of people," he said. "Riley always reminded me of growing up in eastern Oregon on the ranch and the big barn we used to play in. So I affectionately, with respect (called it that). Players liked (The Barn name) , too."

--A story in the July 15, 2008, Chattanooga, Tenn., Times Free Press is about Larry Ward, a former radio play-by-play “voice” for Linfield Wildcat football. While it focuses on the many years Larry has broadcast baseball, it does touch ever so lightly on Linfield. He is quoted in the story saying, “That led to going to work at a full-time station and doing high-school sports and some small college.” The "small college" was Linfield.

--On July 1, 2012, Linfield Athletics announced that for the "first time in school history, radio play-by-play coverage of Linfield ...  football games will originate in the Portland Metro-area broadcast market" through a one-year agreement with KPDQ-AM radio (800). Games continued to be carried on McMinnville's KLYC-AM radio (1260) and simulcast live on the internet. In addition, simulcast provides narration of “CatsEyeView” video webcasts. On March 22, 2013, KYLC went off the air. At that time, Linfield Athletics officials said football play-by-play would continue on KPDQ and the internet.

--Starting with the 2015 season, Linfield football no longer carried on McMinnville's commercial AM radio station, KLYC. An April 9, 2015, news release (first link below) from Linfield Sports Info explained that "...Wildcats football will be carried on KSLC 90.3 FM, Linfield's own radio station. Linfield games will continue to be aired throughout Portland on True Talk 800 AM KPDQ." A Linfield Sports Info news release (second link below) of July 1, 2012, said, "For the first time in school history, radio play-by-play coverage of Linfield College football games will originate in the Portland Metro-area broadcast market.... Games will continue to be aired within Yamhill County on McMinnville station 1260 KLYC-AM and simulcast live on the internet."

-In the 2018 season, Linfield football was not carried on "over the air radio," neither in McMinnville nor Portland. It was heard via the Internet with Kevin Nelson doing play-by-play and Dave Hansen doing color commentary.

+Bill Johnson was Linfield football play-by-play “voice” during most of the Linfield 2015 season with Dave Hansen as color commentator and Kevin Nelson, a Linfield student from Enumclaw, Wash., as sideline reporter. However ...

...on 11/21/2015, prior to the Whitworth at Linfield NCAAD3 football playoff game on same date at Maxwell Field, Bill was involved in an automobile accident. Because of the accident, he was unable to work the game. Kevin did play-by-play and Dave did color. Bill returned and did play-by-play on 11/28/2015 for the SUNY-Cortland (New York) at Linfield playoff game. 

On 11/29/2015, Bill Johnson died of heart failure. 

On 12/5/2015, Kevin Nelson did play-by-play, Dave Hansen color and April Meads was sideline reporter for the Mary Hardin-Baylor at Linfield NCAAD3 football playoff game.

On 12/12/2015, in St. Paul, Minn., for the Linfield at St. Thomas NCAAD3 football playoff game, Kevin was the play-by-play “voice” and Dave did color. 

Concerning Bill’s death:

Linfield Sports Info


--On 12/11/1982 at McMinnville High’s Wortman Stadium, Linfield beat William Jewell  College (Liberty, Mo.) 33-15 for the NAIA DII national football championship. 

The game was telecast live by Portland’s KATU-TV and broadcast live by McMinnville’s KCYX-AM (1260) radio. TV telecast play-by-play by Linfield grad Steve Arena, KATU sports director, and color by Bill Johnson, KXL-AM radio sports director. Article text includes:  “Those fortunate enough to pick up KCYX radio from McMinnville had an opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds. By turning out the KATU audio and turning to the KCYX broadcast, a viewer-listener could follow the game in a very well-informed manner. Dave Hansen and Steve Kenyon handled the broadcast for KCYX, just as they have all season at the McMinnville station followed Linfield through its previous 11 games. Kenyon, who serves as sports director and program director for the small McMinnville station, did the commentary. Hansen, who is chairman of the Economics and Business Department at Linfield, handled the play by play. Kenyon, 23, is a Linfield graduate and a native of Malin, southeast of Klamath Falls, where he played some football for Class A Lost River High School. Hansen and Kenyon have been a broadcasting team through three football seasons. The pair also handles McMinnville High School football for the high school and Linfield. ‘We work as a team,’ Kenyon said. ‘In fact we were doing a state playoff through the Oregon Association of Broadcasters and were given a statistics keeper. It so confused us – we’re used to our system – we declined any additional help after that.” See photo by Wildcatville taken in the broadcast booth of Kenyon (with mustache) and Hansen at the 12/11/1982.

--Kevin Nelson is new 'voice' of the Wildcats from Linfield Sports Info 5/5/2016

--Students enhance sports broadcasts story and photo from Wildcat Linfield Athletics magazine Fall 2015 edition story and photo

--50 years as ‘voice of the Wildcats’ by Mardi Mileham in Linfield Magazine, fall 2005 edition

--KMCM to Air Linfield-Concordia (1964 NAIA Football Playoff) Game 
McMinnville News-Register Nov. 22, 1964 Ray Fields manager of radio station KMCM in McMinnville has announced that KMCM will broadcast the Linfield-Concordia (football) game live an direct from Dacotah Field in Fargo, North Dakota.  The broadcast will begin at 11:15 a.m. PST with game time set for 11:30 a.m. Announcing the game will be Craig Singletary, a member of the staff at Linfield College and a veteran athletic event announcer for KMCM. Singletary will be assisted at the game by two Linfield College students from the Radio-Speech Department. Seven Yamhill County business firms will be sponsoring the broadcast with station officials reported will be brought to this area of an unusually high cost to the distance involved. Sponsoring the pre-game activities will be City Water and Light. The four quarters of the game will be sponsored by Oregon Mutual Insurance Company, the U.S. National Bank of McMinnville, Darigold and the Yamhill County Association of Independent Insurance Agent. Halftime activities will be brought to this area by Shakey’s Pizza Parlor and Midway Motors. Actual game time in Fargo will be 1:30 p.m., however the two-hour time difference has moved the time up to 11:30 a.m. for Yamhill County residents. KMCM officials reported that the game will not be carried in the Fargo area on either radio or television. For this reason, KMCM was forced to send its own staff to Fargo in order to bring the game to Yamhill County listeners.



Tweet by Kevin Nelson @k6nelson 1:56 AM - 26 Jun 2019

Wow, I just really appreciate all the love from everyone today. This was a tough decision and I’ll miss being on the call more then you all know! Thanks for all the support!


Tweet by Kevin Nelson @k6nelson 5:53 PM - 25 Jun 2019

I have decided to pursue a social media manager opportunity in Portland and will no longer be employed by Linfield Athletics. I can’t thank the Linfield Administration both past and present enough for believing in me and allowing me to grow as a professional in sports media. Thank you to all of the alumni, student-athletes, coaches and the Linfield community for all of the great memories and your support these past 7 years. I’ll always be rooting for the ‘Cats but now it will be away from the press box. Thank you, Roll ‘Cats!


Kevin Nelson

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External Relations Coordinator and Football Play-By-Play Broadcaster

·         Email

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Kevin Nelson is in his third year as a member of the sports communications staff and first as the Athletics External Relations Coordinator.

A 2016 Linfield graduate, Nelson assists with story writing and sports information needs for, maintains the athletic department’s social media accounts and graphics, and serves as the primary sponsorship sales representative in the community.

As the lead play-by-play announcer on the Linfield Sports Network, Nelson has called more than 200 games and is entering his fourth professional season with the Wildcats. The Voice of Linfield Football, Nelson broadcasts all home and away games with color analysts, Dave Hansen.

Nelson graduated from Enumclaw High School in his hometown of Enumclaw, Washington in 2012.



Posted 9/9/2019 at Wildcatville 

Graeme Fineman is the new Linfield football play-by-play “voice,” according to information posted on the Linfield Athletics website 8/19/2019.

A Linfield 2019 grad, Fineman succeeds Kevin Nelson, Linfield Class of 2016, who held the job for three games in the 2015 and all games during the 2016, 2017 and 2018 football seasons. Nelson left Linfield for a social media job in Portland.

As with Nelson, Fineman will be joined during the Linfield football broadcasts by Dave Hansen, long-time Linfield football color commentator.

And, as did Nelson, Fineman will hold another job at Linfield. That’s external relations coordinator. Nelson was athletics external relations coordinator after initially serving as community partnership representative.

Born and raised in Arlington, Virginia, Fineman graduated from Linfield with a bachelor's degree in history.

According to Linfield’s 8/19/2019 posting, Fineman became involved in Linfield's sports communications efforts “during his junior year, serving as play-by-play announcer for Linfield men's and women's soccer and baseball, and also providing color commentary on Wildcats basketball broadcasts.

“In his new position, he'll manage Linfield's sports webcasting coverage, handling the play-by-play on Linfield football videocasts together with longtime color analyst Dave Hansen.

“Fineman's broadcasting influences include Washington Nationals radio announcers Dave Jageler and Charlie Slowes, as well as broadcasting legends Vin Scully and Kevin Harlan.

“In addition to his broadcasting responsibilities, Fineman will take on an increasing role with procurement and stewardship of corporate sponsorships as well as athletics marketing and game-day promotional activities. He'll provide general support in the sports information office as well.”

Fineman told Linfield Athletics, “I'm beyond thrilled to continue being a part of the Linfield College family," he said. "I'm excited to help grow the Culture of Excellence that Linfield has established. It is truly is an honor to be the voice of the Linfield Wildcats."

Linfield Football play-by-play ‘voice’ Graeme Fineman, and Dave Hansen, color commentator, right to left. Photo 11/23/2019 in Orange, Calif., by Wildcatville.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

History Corner featuring Margaret Lever Dement

This article appeared in The Madras Messenger newsletter of Madras, Ore., United Methodist Church, Sept. 2013 edition. 

History Corner featuring Margaret Lever Dement

Margaret Lever Dement came to Madras in the fall of 1964 with her two children, Thomas Stanford U. Jr. and Marian T. Jr. Her father, Henry, had room in his sizable home south of town known as the Joe Hall property where Joe also had his cattle exchange roundabout and a business office. Mr. Lever had a real estate office in the main house.

There was little for college age kids to work at except mint hoeing, so Marian and Tom had most unflattering nicknames for these two jobs... “hoeing that nasty mint and the awful smell of cattle trucks.” However it would be only a short time before school would be starting; Margaret got busy answering phones, etc. for Henry, and Marian moved happily into Madras High, and the Miss Touchdown excitement.

Margaret who had grown up in Myrtle Point, Ore. United Methodist Church being organist, S.S. Teacher, choir leader, etc., etc. during her early years.

One Easter time, Willamette University music student, Jim Wright came to town and offered to prepare the choir for Easter presentation, of Stainer’s “Crucifixion” Cantata. This was great music and the choir loved working on it. Margaret had a slight knowledge of the music from her college choir days, but the choir as a group found it a challenge... Margaret states “I can't remember how it came off”.

Marie Shepherd was the church book keeper and Margaret was recording board secretary. Jesse Linch always sat in the second row, doodling on the church bulletin, same chair each Sunday. He was a clever cartoonist so Marie and Margaret looked forward to his interesting doodling, always flattering.In the mid 70's she learned that one of sons was going to enter the ministry. 

He had connections with the Episcopal church both here and in England so he decided to take advantage of the opportunity. In time Margaret moved into that church to please him. Today she has moved further, into the Madras Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd where they sing many of the same hymns, read the same Scripture and worship the same God.

Geneva Wright was instrumental in getting the pipe organ built. During the long period when the new sanctuary was being built, there was no organ except a small electric organ loaned by someone. Margaret did the best she could on that until the new pipe organ was installed. Margaret says, “I do not remember who played the opening concert....Geneva, I would have hoped”.

Margaret sang in choir, and was active in Women's Society at the Madras United Methodist Church from 1965 to 1978.

This article was written on March 20, 2013 by Margaret who is 101 years old.

Photo of Margaret Lever Dement by Wildcatville taken in 2009

Friday, March 01, 2013

Nothing but net for Helser Field

Metal poles are being installed next to Linfield's Helser baseball field. Netting, to catch foul balls, will be hung from the poles, Wildcatville learned 3/1/2012 when it took this photo. The netting will replace nets currently extended between field light poles.