Kickstands up! Ride for Autism Awareness

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Ride for Autism Awareness began Saturday morning at Joplin’s Cycle Connection at 10 a.m. where more than 100 bikes rolled out traveling west on 7th/MO-66.  It took about an hour to reach the final destination along US-60 at Indigo Sky Casino in Wyandotte, Okla.

Along with the bikes there were a handful of Jeeps that wrapped the end of the ride.


Shannon Becker was born and raised in Joplin and began in radio before graduating from Joplin Senior High in 1990. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Missouri Southern State University (1994). Before launching Joplin News First in 2017, he worked in television and radio, overlapping a career in the music industry. He worked with major music artists for 20 years, garnering gold and platinum records to his credit. He comes to KOAM 7 News Now-CBS/FOX (Morgan-Murphy Media) with more than 30 years in media and entertainment. He previously worked for KOAM. He has five children and two grandchildren.