It’s expected to be a rowdy, festive atmosphere when the inaugural game at Major League Soccer Stadium in St. Louis takes place on Wednesday, albeit chilly, and KMOX will be on hand to broadcast the festivities.

It’s only a friendly game, an exhibition game, and it’s the main team’s development team that will face Bayer 04 Leverkusen, a German midfield team. With a busy schedule over the past week, it remains to be seen how many of his best players will start – let alone play the whole game.

But that’s not the reason why KMOX (1120) will broadcast the game.

“We consider it an event,” Steve Moore, operations manager for KMOX and the other five St. Louis stations owned by Audacy, Inc., said. “That’s why we do it.”

The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and follow a pregame broadcast on the station at 6 a.m.

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He compared it to the Cardinals’ annual home opener, as cheering rallies outside the stadium are expected to take place and people are expected to congregate in the area around the facility for much of the daytime.

“Even though they predict it will be cold (temperature in the 30s at game time), I think there will be a lot of buzz,” he said.

The stadium was originally scheduled to open on September 18, but electrical system issues led to those plans being cancelled. The match, also involving the main team’s secondary team, was moved to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. KMOX had planned to air the stadium opener, but no longer any of that team’s games, but instead ended up airing SIUE’s contest plus three more, two in full and one in part after a Cardinals broadcast.

No broadcast of Wednesday’s game is planned but it will be broadcast on Facebook by Lider Sports Media, with audio in Spanish. The team is also exploring additional streaming options.

Gatter on air

Nate Gatter, a 26-year-old sportscaster from St. Louis, is expected to do play-by-play for the game. Her main recent work has been calling Mizzou’s men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, volleyball, women’s soccer, gymnastics and softball games for SEC Network+, the streaming offshoot of the SEC Network. of television.

He says it will be the biggest show he’s ever done, in terms of crowd size and legacy.

“It’s a special opportunity,” he said. “I appreciate it for what it is – to be part of St. Louis sports history.”

It will be an unusual show for him, as many in attendance believe they are more interested in the side shows than the results on the pitch.

“It’s an interesting dynamic,” Gatter said of a match in which “opening night feel and flair” will take center stage. The show will likely include interviews with some of the VIPs in attendance, including St. Louis City SC President and CEO Carolyn Kindle.

“My job is to try to make people feel like they’re there. In this case, it’s the vibe,” he said. “But I see it as my job is to be the most focused on the game” of all the members of the broadcast team.

plant the seed

Simon Rose, a longtime broadcaster in Columbia, Mo., and Gatter’s frequent on-air partner on football streaming productions, will be the analyst and co-host of talk show KMOX and former news reporter. Blues Amy Marxkors will cover ancillary events surrounding the game.

KMOX’s Moore said he contacted Rose to do the originally scheduled match, but was then going to be in his native England. Moore and Rose date back to when Moore worked at Columbia and they did a few men’s football shows together at Columbia College in the early 90s.

Rose suggested Gatter, a 2014 Clayton High graduate, for the job. He got it and worked with KTVI (Channel 2) commentator Daniel Esteve on previous KMOX shows.

But Rose is back home and has the job for the stadium kickoff contest.

A hard road

Gatter, meanwhile, has been trying to climb the sportscasting ladder since graduating from Mizzou in December 2017 with a degree in political science. He was broadcast director for the independent professional baseball team Gateway Grizzlies in Sauget and worked as an announcer for a few college baseball summer league teams. And he called numerous college sports freelance for outlets in addition to SEC Network+. This includes ESPN+, another streaming platform.

Gatter is still waiting for his big break with a more prominent position, but he’s realistic. He therefore enrolled in the law school of the University of Washington, where he is doing his first semester.

“Broadcasting is my passion,” he said. “I try to be as flexible as possible, I broadcast as much as possible” while balancing the school workload.

And that workload is heavy at this time of year. He called a women’s basketball game in Mizzou on Sunday and is expected to be back for two more this week — Monday and Thursday, also in Colombia — sandwiched around Wednesday’s soccer game in St. Louis.

St. Louis City, the MLS team making its February debut, still hasn’t announced which station will air its games or who the announcers will be. KMOX has contributed a lot to the handful of games it offers, but the team is expected to hire its own full-time radio crew.

Gatter would definitely like the job. The additional exposure of the additional games that KMOX has decided to offer can be a bonus in its offer. But he said he hadn’t been offensive in pursuing the post.

“I avoided trying to push too hard,” Gatter said, adding that he knows team officials have been busy trying to put together a roster as well as taking care of many other tasks. starting.

He said his overall experience with football shows “has been great”.

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