One longtime New Mexico sportscaster is having an on-air send-off next week while another swaps radio signals for a new call-in show.
Mike Roberts, the voice of New Mexico Lobo sports for more than four decades until 2008, will call his final high school football game for KQTM-FM (101.7) on Aug. 30.
He has been at the station since its inception five years ago.
On Aug. 31, Henry Tafoya, who has been a television and radio sportscaster in Albuquerque since 1977, will join KQTM for a weekly call-in show on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tafoya – who gives his age only as “the ageless Henry T” – was a television sports anchor at KOB, KOAT and KRQE (formerly KGGM), and had a radio sports talk show at KDEF for most of the past 14 years. He says he still owns KDEF, which he leases to a company with a Hispanic Christian music and educational format.
But it’s Tafoya’s new Saturday show that has him reinvigorated.
“I’m just grateful for the opportunity to work with people who really understand radio – Joe is big-time,” Tafoya says of KQTM president Joe O’Neill. “He understands how to do radio, and has one of the best radio sports stations in the country. I’m honored they’ve asked me to be a part of it.”
O’Neill says there are no plans for Tafoya to do play-by-play or a daily radio show.
Roberts, 80, announced his retirement from the booth in March, but said O’Neill asked him to return for one final farewell game.
“I’m not really sure what to expect from it right now,” Roberts told the Journal . “I’ll do my preparation as always next week, and then it will probably hit me. But you never really know when it’s your last game for sure.”
O’Neill says “We are thrilled to have the privilege of carrying Mike’s final broadcast. He retires after a career deserving of legendary status. … I don’t think anyone will argue that he has to be considered the greatest sports broadcaster in New Mexico history.”
SPORTS BAR: KNML-AM (610) assistant program director Michael Carlyle says he is close to naming a replacement for Erik Gee as host of the station’s Sports Bar afternoon talk show. Gee resigned on Aug. 1, the day after his last show.
“We’re very happy with the job David Jubb and Brandon Vogt are doing,” Carlyle says of show’s co-hosts, who have worked as a two-man team since Gee’s departure. “We hope to make a decision within a couple of weeks.”
Jubb, a Rio Rancho High graduate, says he and Vogt “have been having as much fun, if not more” since Gee left. “The energy is good and we’re getting great feedback from the public and inside the building.”