Meet The Team
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Get to know the team behind Midco Sports, your regional sports broadcast leader, bringing live coverage to North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.
Jason Andera, On-Air Talent
You’ll find Jason Andera on the sidelines or in the production booth talking all things high school sports. Andera is the host of Varsity Sports Live, which airs every Friday night during the season. He’s been covering sports at the high school level since he started the KSFY Pigskin Preview in 1999. Andera grew up in Sioux Falls, graduated from Lincoln High School and went on to receive his degree in mass communications at the University of South Dakota.
David Brown, On-Air Talent
David Brown joined Midco Sports in 2012. He is the play-by-play voice of NSIC athletics and has been honored with an Eric Sevareid Award and Upper Midwest Emmy nomination for his live game broadcasting. David also contributes feature stories to Midco Sports Magazine where he’s received Upper Midwest Emmy, Eric Sevareid, and Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for his work. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2008 with a double major in broadcast journalism and political science. After graduation, he worked for more than four years at KELO-TV in Sioux Falls as a sports reporter and weekend news anchor.
Jay Elsen, On-Air Talent/Assignment Editor
Jay Elsen joined Midco Sports in 2010 and anchors our coverage of University of South Dakota athletics. In addition to his play-by-play duties for USD football, basketball and volleyball, Jay also covers regional racing for Midco Motorsports, contributes to Midco Sports Magazine and manages team reporting assignments as Assignment Editor. Prior to joining the Midco, Jay made stops at KEYC-TV in Mankato and KELO-TV in Sioux Falls. He graduated from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul in 2003 with a degree in broadcasting and electronic media.
Alex Heinert, On-Air Talent
Alex Heinert has been the lead play-by-play voice for Midco Sports’ live coverage of University of North Dakota Athletics since 2016. An Eric Sevareid Award winner and Emmy award nominee, Heinert calls UND football, volleyball, hockey, basketball, and softball for the network while also anchoring North Dakota Hockey Central and contributing to Midco Sports Magazine, Day By Day, Varsity Sports, and other original programs. In addition to his Midco Sports duties, he was named the new voice of the NCHC on CBS Sports Network for 2022. He started at Midco Sports in 2014 after spending the previous seven years working in higher education and moonlighting as a public address announcer and radio play-by-play voice in Sioux Falls. A native of White River, South Dakota, Heinert graduated from the University of Sioux Falls in 2007 with a joint degree in media studies and history and earned a Master's degree in education from USF in 2010.
Elaina Lanson, Reporter/Producer
Elaina Lanson joined Midco Sports in 2018. You can find her on the sidelines covering the Missouri Valley Football Conference and Summit League basketball. Lanson enjoys being involved in the Sioux Falls community in 2020, she was recognized on Sioux Falls Business’s “People You Should Know” list. Originally from Wadsworth, OH, Lanson graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in multimedia journalism. She is a former Division I swimmer, qualified for U.S. Nationals five times, and finished her career at GSU with six school records. Before joining Midco Sports, Elaina worked at the University of Tennessee as their Olympic Sports and Baseball Reporter/Producer, served as a color analyst for Buckeye Cable Sports Network and interned at WCBD News 2.
Tom Nieman, On-Air Talent
Tom Nieman is one of the play-by-play voices and original programming faces of Midco Sport, including anchoring for Midco Sports Magazine. He handles live play-by-play duties for South Dakota State University athletics. As a graduate of SDSU with a degree in broadcast journalism, Nieman has a deep connection to the region. He started his TV career in 1990 as a sports anchor and reporter for KELO-TV in Sioux Falls. Since 2008, he has been a play-by-play announcer for Midco Sports, covering everything from college basketball, football and volleyball to soccer, golf, baseball and rodeo.
Jody Norstedt, On-Air Talent
Jody Norstedt joined Midco Sports in 2017. You’ll see him out covering high school sports in North Dakota throughout the school year. He also co-produces and hosts Varsity Sports Live in the fall, is our lead play-by-play voice for North Dakota high school athletics and contributes to the award-winning MidcoMAG program. In 2020, he was named the North Dakota Sports Broadcaster of the Year by both the NDAPSSA and NSMA. Norstedt also served as the President for the NDAPSSA through the 2020-21 school year. Prior to joining Midco Sports, Norstedt spent nine years covering sports in North Dakota and Minnesota as a weekend sports anchor for WDAY/WDAZ. He was also a play-by-play announcer for both college and high school sports, including the North Dakota high school state tournaments. The Montevideo, MN, native received his broadcast journalism degree from St. Cloud State University in 2008.
Brian Shawn, Producer and On-Air Talent
Brian Shawn joined Midco Sports in 2016. He is an award-winning sports journalist with more than 15 years of experience in sports broadcasting and play-by-play. He was honored with an Emmy Award in 2020 by the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and holds a Bronze Telly Award in 2018. He has called several memorable moments in Summit League basketball and Missouri Valley Football Conference action the past ten years and is a three-time Eric Sevareid Award winner for play-by-play. A native of Bloomington, MN, Brian is involved in the Fargo/Moorhead community through the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Chamber of Commerce as Chair of the Military Affairs Committee and also serves on board of directors for the Fargo Lions Club. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of North Dakota and lives in Fargo.