Born and raised in Rio Rancho, Adam Diehl knew what he wanted to be even before he entered Rio Rancho High School: a sports broadcaster and a professional soccer player.
Looking back about two decades later, one out of two isn’t bad. He’s not getting his kicks — and income — from soccer, but he is making a few bucks here and there calling area high school sports.
“Me and my dad were huge Lobo fans my entire life,” Diehl recalled. “Mike Roberts was a hero. We listened to all the games that were away or on TV. … I loved (former Lobos play-by-play man) Mike Roberts my entire life, loved listening to him.
“I grew up with his voice, really. … (I) would mimic him going into Super Nintendo Techno-Super Bowl was the game,” he said. “I always used to be a Cowboys fan, so I would (say), ‘Troy Aikman back to pass … fires… he’s got Michael Irvin.’ I would try to do it like Mike Roberts would do it, so that’s how I started getting into play-by-play.”