Rod was born at Elgin, North Dakota, attended school in Mott and graduated from Mott High School in 1972. Rod began his broadcasting career at KBJM in Lemmon, South Dakota in 1972. Rod attended Dickinson State University in 1973, 1974 and began working at KDIX Radio and Television in 1974 as News and Sports Director.
Over the years Rod has been responsible for developing a large sports listener ship for KDIX. He's known as "The Rocket" and the Sports Voice of Dickinson State University. Currently serving as KDIX Program and Sports Director, Rod has served as a member of both the North Dakota and National Sports Casters and Sportswriters associations. He is a past President of the NDAPSSA, and the Blue Hawk Boosters and presently serves on the board of directors.
For his excellence in broadcasting, Rod has received the North Dakota Sportscaster of the year award three times, the North Dakota High School Coaches Association award of merit and the Blue Hawk Boosters loyalty award. Rod is also a North Dakota Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Famer.
Rod and his wife Amy (Klug) Kleinjan have two children, Kayla Rae and Trent James and a grandaughter, Jaden Harmony.
Rod can be reached by email: firstname.lastname@example.org