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Hail Varsity Radio

Join Chris Schmidt, Andrew Rogers, Damon Benning, Elijah Herbel, and the Hail Varsity team of experts for the best sports talk radio show around. Don’t miss a day without your Husker coverage.

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Coffee and Cream with Andrew Rogers and Damon Benning 7-9 a.m.

Afternoons with Chris Schmidt and Elijah Herbel: Monday through Friday 4-6 p.m and Saturdays from 7-9 a.m.

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Coffee & Cream

Wake up with Andrew Rogers and Damon Benning on Hail Varsity Radio. Every morning from 7-9 AM, Coffee and Cream stirs up the best news in Nebraska sports. Whether you’re in the car, at the office, or on the sofa enjoying your favorite cup of joe, make sure you’re listening to Coffee and Cream on Hail Varsity Radio.

Hail Varsity Radio Show

Join Chris Schmidt and the Hail Varsity team of experts for the best sports talk radio show around. Don’t miss a day without your Husker coverage.


Chris Schmidt

Lincoln, Nebraska, native Chris Schmidt found his love for football at a young age when his family cheered the Huskers to victory. Joined by photographer Aaron Babcock and former coach Mike Babcock, Chris started his sports media journey in 2008. Now, he works as a host for Hail Varsity Radio and KFOR Radio. In 2021, he was awarded the NSMA Nebraska Sportscaster of the Year Award. After interviewing coaches and players, “Schmidty” loves returning home to partner Erin and their son, Carson.

Damon Benning

Four-year letter winner and former Husker running back Damon Benning knows the ins and outs of the game. As a 1996 Orange Bowl MVP, 2-time National Champion and featured player on the Big Ten Network, Benning has a unique perspective on sports. After hanging up his jersey, the former athlete has continued to make a name for himself in local sports radio for over 15 years. Nebraska’s newest color analyst shares his signature commentary as a co-host on Hail Varsity Radio and local football broadcaster.

Andrew Rogers

Andrew Rogers grew up surrounded by sports in St. Louis, Missouri. He followed his passion for sports media while attending Lindenwood University. After graduating, the on-air personality got his start at ESPN Radio as a producer and weeknight show host. He’s also reported for CBS14 in Sioux City and worked with the Gateway Grizzlies and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. When he’s not recording for Hurrdat Media, Andrew can be found on the golf course, exploring Downtown Omaha or spending time with loved ones.

Elijah Herbel

Elijah Herbel produces and co-hosts the Hail Varsity Radio show for Hurrdat Media. He was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. He graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School before attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to major in Broadcasting and Advertising/Public Relations. In 2021, he received his Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Nebraska.

Elijah grew up listening to sports talk radio with his dad and began working in the radio industry in 2018 when Chris Schmidt hired him as a part-time producer for the Hail Varsity Radio show. After graduating from UNL, Elijah was promoted to full-time producer and co-host of the show.

In his free time, Elijah enjoys umpiring high school baseball, bowling, grilling and watching sports with his roommates.

Shane Schillerberg

Shane Schillerberg is a veteran radio producer and DJ, best known for his work on Coffee & Cream with Andrew Rogers and Damon Benning. Shane also produces the Benning Bites, Morning Dump, Sports Six Pack, and Nebraska Preps Postgame podcasts.

He was once known to Omaha radio listeners as “Shane the Sport Sack,” though he now goes by “Liquid Shane-O” or “Two Shanes.” In his free time, Shane enjoys hanging out with his family, friends, and girlfriend, watching his teams play, listening to the radio, and playing golf.

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