July 16, 2012
San Diego is the home of many great Sun Devil connections from the past to the present. Phil and Tim Mickelson are great examples. The 1987 Rose Bowl MVP and current radio analyst Jeff Van Raaphorst came east to Tempe from Grossmont High School, along with ESPN analyst Eric Allen.
So it only makes sense that Sun Devil Football is on the radio in the San Diego area, and KCBQ-AM 1170 AM agrees.
The station will join the Sun Devil Sports Network and broadcast every football game in 2012 on its 50,000 watt (daytime) station, something that more than 5,600 Sun Devil alumni in the greater San Diego area will no doubt be glad to hear.
"KCBQ is excited to partner with Arizona State University Football for the 2012 season," says Dave Armstrong, Vice President and General Manager of KCBQ-AM. "Tempe and San Diego are practically neighbors with a huge ASU alumni base here in Southern California. We expect that ASU will be in the middle of the fight for Pac-12 honors this year."
"ASU and Sun Devil Athletics have always had a deep and broad based relationship with the San Diego community, the people that live there and the businesses that operate there," notes Vice President of Athletics Steve Patterson. "We are excited that Sun Devil football will be available on the Sun Devil Radio Network on KCBQ 1170 AM. Our alumni base there is strong, Sun Devil and Grossmont High School graduate and Jeff Van Raaphorst (1987 Rose Bowl MVP) provides the color commentary and our Sun Devil Club has a strong presence in their community, so it is a great natural fit."
"We're thrilled to expand the Sun Devil IMG Radio Network into what so many call America's Finest City," says Mike Kohler, General Manager of Sun Devil IMG Sports Marketing. "By adding KCBQ as a football affiliate it greatly expands our network reach for our current partners."
Those interested in advertising with should contact Kohler at 480-727-6968.
OTHER SUN DEVIL TIES TO SAN DIEGO
@DougTammaro when I lived in San Diego I met ASU alumns everywhere-- Chris Cullen (@5cullen7) July 16, 2012
--The Arizona State Alumni Office has 5,659 registered alumni in the San Diego area.
--The Pat Tillman Foundation has an annual Pat's Run Shadow Run there every year, and San Diego State is one of its University partners.
--Wide receiver Kevin Ozier played at nearby Mira Mesa High School.
--Women's basketball player Janae Fulcher attended Country Day High School.
--As noted, golf Hall-of-Fame Phil Mickelson and brother Tim, the current men's golf coach at Arizona State, both grew up in the San Diego area.
--Baseball's Trevor Williams, who went to Rancho Bernardo High School, is expected to the ace of the Sun Devil pitching staff next year and is currently playing with Team USA.
--Softball's Alix Johnson is from Mt. Carmel High School and earned first-team All-America and Pac-12 All-Conference honors.