KNBU-TV hosts Coach’s Corner


Story by Sara, Bell

Less than 24 hours after the Baker University football team’s 48-17 win over Evangel University, head coach Mike Grossner headed to Moni’s Seafood and Barbecue to do something he does on a regular basis, answer questions about his Wildcat football team.

This interview however, was different than most. As he sat on a brightly lit stage at the front of the restaurant, Grossner recapped the highlights of the game for KNBU-TV’s new show, Coach’s Corner.

Grossner and KNBU-TV Station Manager Brad Barnes kicked off the third week of Coach’s Corner Sunday at 6 p.m. The weekly talk show focused on the football team’s previous matchup and previewed the upcoming game.

The show is recorded live and broadcast throughout Moni’s, but can also be seen on the station’s local Mediacom channel and on YouTube for the following week.

KNBU-TV has never produced a show like this, but Barnes thought it would be a good way to highlight Baker’s football team on a campus with a high interest in athletics. The show also serves as a way to expose some of the skills members of the KNBU-TV staff possess.

Barnes said staff members spend six to seven hours each week in preparation for the show.

“On the day of the show, I have a quick turn around from the game,” Barnes said. “I come back, edit all of the video and spend about four hours on Sunday’ doing that stuff. A lot of time goes into it, but it’s definitely not a one-man operation.”

Each week, Grossner selects two standout players to also make an appearance during the show.

After being selected as the Heart of America Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Peru State University, senior linebacker Adam Steele was interviewed for the show on Sept. 2.

Steele said he enjoys attending and being part of the show because it brings the football team together.

“The thing I like about the show is the sense of community and sense of chemistry that it brings not only to our team, but to people in the area,” Steele said. “I think Moni’s is the perfect example of that kind of setting.”

Grossner said it is neat for a small team to have exposure through a broadcast program and a good experience for the students as well.

“For my players, I think it’s a fantastic experience,” Grossner said. “We all have a fear of talking in public, and to be able to break that, talk about something they love and put on a spotlight for the hard work they do, I think it is just a win-win for everybody.”

Moni’s co-owner Jon Cook said Baker can benefit from using his facilities because the off-campus establishment is friendly for all ages and groups of people.

“They all can come and it’s an environment just like they experience at the university that they can come as a melting pot in one gigantic place,” Cook said.

The Coach’s Corner is hosted live every Sunday at Moni’s at 6 p.m.