SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara and its multi-media rights holder Nelligan Sports Marketing, are pleased to announce that 12 Gaucho men's soccer games will be broadcast live on AM 1290 KZSB, the Santa Barbara News-Press Radio Station. In addition, Talk'n Gauchos, the weekly one-hour show devoted to UCSB Athletics, returns to AM 1290 on Tuesday, Sept. 20.
"It's great that our men's soccer fans will once again be able to follow the Gauchos every step of the way during the conference season," said UCSB Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mark W. Massari. "A program as strong as ours deserves the highest possible visibility."
The broadcast schedule will include two key non-conference games as well as all 10 Big West contests and any postseason games. It will kick-off with UCSB's Sept. 16 showdown at UCLA. The Gauchos' Oct. 5 game against defending National Champion Akron will also be broadcast live.
For the second straight year the Voice of the Gauchos, Gerry Fall, will call the play-by-play with long-time Santa Barbara News-Press senior sports writer Mark Patton handling the color.
The men's soccer team will be even more available to fans beginning with UCSB's Sept. 23 game against the University of San Diego. Starting with the game against the Toreros, Gaucho games will be streamed live on the Internet as part of Big West TV package on BigWest.org. Also, as part of the capital improvements made at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium for the 2010 Men's College Cup, a new video board was installed. The board is now fully operational and enhances the fan experience with instant replay during games, features during pregame and halftime and postgame interviews of coaches and players.
Fall also returns for his second year of Talk'n Gauchos. The weekly talk show that features Gaucho student-athletes and coaches, will air live each Tuesday beginning Sept. 20. For the second year in a row, the show will be broadcast from The Beachside Bar-Café on Goleta Beach and it is open to the public.
The Gaucho soccer broadcast on Sept. 16 will be the first of more than 100 play-by-play broadcasts and weekly shows that Nelligan Sports Marketing will provide UCSB Athletics during 2011-12. It will easily be the most radio coverage ever provided for Gaucho sports.
Beginning in November, Patton and Fall will be joined on AM 1290 by former Los Angeles Lakers' and Gaucho star Don Ford for all the exciting UCSB men's basketball action. Also beginning in November, Gaucho women's basketball will be aired on AM 990 KIST. All UCSB radio broadcasts are also streamed live on UCSBgauchos.com and the entire broadcast schedule and links for every event can easily be accessed by going to the "Listen Live" button on the main page.
In addition to the commercial radio broadcasts, Gaucho soccer, and many other sports, can be heard live on the UCSB campus station KCSB 91.9 FM and on KCSB.org. UCSB remains one of the very few schools that airs its soccer matches on both commercial and student radio stations.