Every morning Jeff Siembieda and JJ Buck give an entertaining recap of all sports storylines, from on and off the field, to start your day. With the most intriguing guests, controversial topics, and hard-hitting news, this is what everyone will be talking about around the water cooler today.
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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 The Opening Drive with JJ Buck, where he 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, 2016 and 2020 by the New Mexico Broadcasters’ Association. Before joining KNML, 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. He can also be heard calling play-by-play of various sports events around the state on radio and television. Jeff is also the executive director of The New Mexico Bowl, and has been since the event’s inception in 2006.
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.