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Jeff Siembieda  a veteran of the New Mexico sports scene, has been a trusted and respected voice in New Mexico since 1996.  He currently co-hosts a daily three-hour sports talk show, “The Opening Drive” on 95.9 FM and AM-610 The Sports Animal in Albuquerque.  Jeff was honored as the New Mexico Sportscaster of the Year for 2015 and 2016 by the National Sports Media Association, and the show was recognized as the best sports talk show in 2010, 2011 and 2016 by the New Mexico Broadcasters’ Association.  Before joining ESPN, Jeff served as the Deputy Director of the New Mexico Sports Authority, a position to which he was appointed by Governor Bill Richardson in May of 2005.  He came to New Mexico in August of 1996 as the weekend sports anchor/reporter at KOAT-TV.  Jeff was promoted to sports director in May of 1997, a position he held until 2001.  While at KOAT, Jeff was honored by the New Mexico Broadcasters Association and Associated Press for excellence in sports casting and reporting.  In 2001, Jeff joined the New Mexico Scorpions hockey club as Vice President of Media and Entertainment.  That year the Scorpions were recognized by the Central Hockey League as the top marketing franchise in the league.  In January of 2002, Jeff joined KRQE-TV as the weekend news anchor and was named the anchor of the morning newscasts in September of that year; a position he held until February of 2005.  Jeff also hosted “The Big Show”, a daily two-hour sports talk show on 1310 The Ticket in Albuquerque from January of 2005 through January of 2007.  He can also be heard calling play-by-play of various sports events around the state on radio and television. 

Hired by ESPN Regional Television in June of 2006, Jeff is the Executive Director of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, the college football bowl game played annually at Dreamstyle Stadium on the campus of the University of New Mexico.  The inaugural contest took place on Saturday, December 23rd of 2006.  Played in front of 34,111 fans in University Stadium and a national television audience on ESPN, San Jose State beat New Mexico 20-12.  Initially involved in the creation of the event, Jeff has been the executive director since the event’s inception and is responsible for overseeing all aspects locally, of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

Before coming to New Mexico, the graduate of San Diego State University worked in television and radio in San Diego, Yakima and Tri-Cities, WA.  Jeff is very involved in youth sports.  From 2001-2005 he coached basketball at Madison Middle School in Albuquerque and spent the summers of 2004 and 2005 coaching and traveling with New Mexico’s elite AAU U-14 and U-15 boys basketball teams.  He has served on the board of directors for the Presbyterian Ear Institute and has been actively involved with other charitable organizations over the years.  In 2007, he was honored with the Ambassador Award by the City of Albuquerque and in 2016 received a memorial recognition on the floor of the New Mexico Senate.   Jeff lives in Albuquerque and has one daughter, Addison. 

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J.J. Buck turned his love for sports talk radio in what is now a 12 year career in the industry. He currently co-hosts a daily three-hour sports talk show, “The Opening Drive”, on 95.9 FM and AM-610 The Sports Animal in Albuquerque. The show was recognized as the best sports talk show in 2010, 2011 and 2016 by the New Mexico Broadcasters’ Association.

As a 29 year-old breaking down local and national sports topics J.J. brings energy and a different perspective to each conversation. His chemistry with co-host Jeff Siembieda is off the charts as they first worked together at 1310 The Ticket; which is the internship that introduced J.J. to radio. This allows for a lively show where both hosts can be true to themselves, their points of view and have a lot of fun together.

As a graduate of the University of New Mexico and a native New Mexican who grew up in Albuquerque, J.J. has a strong connection to the city and state when it comes to everyday life and what matters to local sports fans.

J.J. can also be heard on the Lobo Radio network as the host of the Lobo Football tailgate show and postgame call in shows for football and Lobo men’s basketball. He has worked with UNM as the lead play-by-play voice for Lobos men’s soccer the last five seasons and also has experience calling high school football and basketball.


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