A weekly podcast of interviews with South Dakotans.

John Seiber of KDLO Country in Watertown joined the program this week to discuss the passing and legacy of Pat Summitt. In 38 seasons with the University of Tennessee, Summitt won eight national championships, including 1,098 career wins, which is the most in NCAA basketball history - men's and women's. Seiber joined the program to discuss some of his memories with the legendary coach, and to talk about his time living in Tennessee.

Northern League baseball collector and researcher Paul Gertsen joined the program this week to talk about the history of baseball in South Dakota - specifically regarding the Northern League. On Saturday, Gertsen will present "Baseball That Mattered: 25 Years of the Northern League in South Dakota" at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, SD.

In 2014, Gertsen donated a large amount of Northern League baseball memorabilia to the South Dakota State Historical Society. The collection is in an exhibit that is still on display today.


SDPB's Nate Wek had the chance to talk with Tom Douple, the commissioner of the Summit League, about the Summit League Basketball Championships starting in Sioux Falls on Saturday. This will be the eighth year in-a-row for the Summit League Basketball Championships in the city. Both South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota will compete for titles in men's and women's hoops.

The State Gymnastics Meet is in Brookings, SD on Friday and Saturday of this week. Last season, the Sioux Falls O'Gorman Knights team placed fifth, but they're looking at making a push this year towards the championship. Their coach Skye Bork is in her first year with the squad. She joined the program this week to talk about the state meet as a whole, and some of the challenges that can present themselves to a team. Also, Bork has a vacation planned when gymnastics season is over - listen to find out where she's going.

USA Today

Deondre Parks, a senior guard for the South Dakota State University men's basketball team, joined the program to talk about being an SDSU Jackrabbit. Also, Parks is from Flint, Michigan, a community that has been plagued by contaminated water. He has family who still lives there - battling the issue of water on a daily basis. In his conversation with SDPB's Nate Wek, Parks explains the situation his family is currently facing. He also speaks of the support he has received from his teammates and coaches, and from the community of Brookings.


The 60th annual State One Act Play Festival took place at O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls over the weekend. It began on Thursday and concluded on Saturday with an awards ceremony. Forty-four schools from around South Dakota performed at the event.

Mike Huether's Office

Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether joined DakotaCast to talk sports in the Sioux Empire. He also gave his thoughts on the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, and the overall experience it gives to fans and players during state high school events. Be sure to listen as well to hear Mayor Huether's Super Bowl 50 prediction.

Bleacher Report

On this episode of DakotaCast, KWSN's Chris Tubbs joins the program to talk Minnesota Vikings football. I asked Tubbs about the progression of Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and if he thinks Vikings lineback, and South Dakota native, Chad Greenway will be back with the team in 2016. The Vikings host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in the wildcard round of the NFL Playoffs with a 12 pm CT kickoff. 

The Volante

The University of South Dakota has announced Bob Nielson as its new head football coach. On this week's edition of DakotaCast, we give you Nielson's opening remarks to being in Vermillion and the opportunity ahead with coaching the Coyotes. Gary Ellenbolt of SDPB Radio also joins the program to discuss the recent hiring and to explain what this hire means to USD. 

Mark your calendars, because Western Illinois, Nielson's former team, will visit Vermillion, SD on October 29, 2016 for a conference showdown against the University of South Dakota.

University of South Dakota

Jeremy Hoeck of the Press and Dakotan in Yankton, SD was my guest this week on DakotaCast. On this week's episode, Hoeck and I discussed the USD football program - including the 2015 season as a whole, and HC Joe Glenn's retirement. We also talked Coyote basketball (men's and women's), and what the season ahead may hold for them.


On this week's edition of the DakotaCast Podcast, Nate Wek recaps the state football championships with Dave Nicholson of the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls. There's also a discussion about the state volleyball tournaments, which begin this Thursday from the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls.


The South Dakota State Football Championships are this week (Thursday-Saturday) in South Dakota. SDPB's Nate Wek previews the event with Jerry Palleschi of ESPN 99.1 in Sioux Falls. Also, Nate and Jerry make a bet regarding the USD vs SDSU game that is also this Saturday in Vermillion - before the 11AAA championship game.

Here is the schedule and championship history (as of 1981) for all the teams involved in games at the Dakota Dome this week.


Class 9A – 10:30 am

Canistota vs Sully Buttes

Nick 'Eugene' Dinsmore is a former superstar of World Wrestling Entertainment. Over the years, Dinsmore has been both an in-ring performer and a coach. He currently lives in Sioux Falls and has started his own pro-wrestling academy - it's called "Midwest All Pro Wrestling."

This week, SDPB's Nate Wek had the chance to talk to Nick Dinsmore on the DakotaCast Podcast. Listen to the full conversation now...


On this episode of the DakotaCast Podcast, SDPB's Nate Wek talks South Dakota State Jackrabbit football with Jeff Harkness of ESPN 99.1. 

SDSU is currently 5-2 on the season with a 2-2 record in the Missouri Valley Football Conference - a record good enough for fourth place in the conference standings. The Jackrabbits will travel to the Dakota Dome on November 14 to take on their rivals, the University of South Dakota Coyotes.