The Outdoor Guys

     Big Ed Franko, owner of Big Ed's Guide Service on Lake of the Ozarks. Big Ed is our go-to Lake of the Ozarks expert and a great guy to spend a day on the water with.       

​Bob St. Pierre, VP of Marketing for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever:  Bob represents the Habitat Organization with a wealth of knowledge on birds and birddogs.  Bob is also host of Northland Outdoors. 

     Nick Neff, Kansas Outdoorsman: Nick is an outdoor writer, an avid waterfowler and crappie fisherman, and very active in Ducks Unlimited. Few are fortunate to spend as many days in the outdoors each year as Nick.

​     Scott Leysath, The Sporting Chef:  Scott is the host of The Sporting Chef on Sportsman Channel, author of Better Venison Cookbook, and the guest who makes us want seconds at dinner.

     Brandon Butler, Executive Director of the Conservation Federation of Missouri: Brandon is an avid outdoorsman, prolific writer, and a great defender of the rights of sportsmen.

     ​Rehan Nana, Deputy Director of the Conservation Federation of Missouri: Rehan is an expert in bird dogs and upland game, and a strong voice for the rights of outdoorsmen.

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     Ken Taylor has been a host of Outdoor Guys Radio since our show began in 2011.  Ken is an avid outdoorsman and outdoors writer.

     Ken has been hunting and fishing since he was old enough to pick up a BB gun, and is passing that passion on to his two sons.  Both boys love to hunt and shoot and are also avid fisherman.  He credits his dad with instilling in him a love for hunting, fishing, and all things outdoors.  Thanks mostly to his understanding wife, Ken spends over 90 days a year hunting and fishing.  Ken enjoys hunting big game, upland birds, and waterfowl in both Kansas and Missouri.  The rest of his year is spent fishing on their home lake, shooting at Powder Creek Gun Club, and training Ruby and Belle, the family’s Vizslas and Ken’s most reliable hunting partners.

Brian Wright

     Jared Wiklund, Public Relations Specialist for  Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever: Jared provides listeners great insight into habitat and upland birds 

​     Tony Vandemore, Habitat Flats: Tony is an owner and guide of Habitat Flats, a renowned expert in waterfowling, and an avid outdoor photographer.  

     Each week, Outdoor Guys Radio hosts the best of local, regional and national experts in hunting, fishing, shooting, and the Great Outdoors.

     The following is a list of a few of "The Guys" who regularly contribute to the show.

"The Guys" 


     Outdoor Guys Radio is a weekly show, dedicated to hunting, fishing, shooting, and the great outdoors, airing on ESPN 99.3 FM and 1510 AM in Kansas City since 2011.  


     The show features the best of local, regional and national experts, and hopefully entertains and informs listeners with news, tips, destinations, and even a wild game recipe or two. In addition to on-air shows, segments are also available through our podcast page and on iTunes.


     An original Outdoor Guy, Brian Wright co-hosted the show for five years.  Wright is now an Executive Producer for Outdoor Guys Radio and regularly contributes news and insights from the fishing world.  Brian is an expert in all things “Bass,” a guide at Table Rock Lake, and an outstanding writer and communicator. Contact Brian via email at brian@outdoorguysradio.com 

     Captain Mike Illig, owner of Avid Angling in Charleston, South Carolina: Mike is a favorite saltwater guide of Outdoor Guys Radio.