The Diamondbacks announced a three-year deal with Univision Deportes Radio to become the team’s new Spanish-language radio station in 2017. All 162 regular-season games, 2 preseason games and any postseason play will be available Listen through KHOV 105.1 FM, station that will be relaunched this year with new sports programming.
“This is a very exciting time for The D-backs and Univision to join forces in the marketplace to reach our Spanish-speaking audience,” said the President and CEO of The D-backs Derrick Hall. “The launch of the new Univision Deportes Radio station in our market comes at a perfect time as the appetite for content continues to grow. We look forward to working together with your dedicated staff and bringing together these two great brands in our market.”
The agreement comes after Univision recently announced plans to launch its Univision Sports Radio brand in 10 markets across the United States, including Phoenix, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, McAllen and Las Vegas.
The D-backs Spanish-speaking broadcasters include play-by-play announcer Óscar Soria, analyst and former Major League player Rodrigo López and Richard Saenz, one of the original Los D-backs employees.
The D-backs have broadcast their games to Spanish-speaking fans’ homes since their first season and is one of only 4 teams that travels with their Spanish-speaking broadcasters on their tours.
Soria is well known throughout the market and in Mexico, where she has served as the official voice of the Naranjeros de Hermosillo of the Mexican Pacific League for almost three decades. The native of Tijuana, Mexico joined the team of announcers of Los D-backs in 1999.
Lopez enters his 4th season as the team’s Spanish broadcaster after playing for 11 years in the Major Leagues, which includes a season with Los D-backs (2010) where he led the team in games and starts Thrown. The native of Tlalnepantla, Mexico won 81 games for 7 teams and finished second in the voting for the American League Rookie of the Year in 2002.
Saenz begins his 14th season in the radio booth and has been involved in the team’s efforts with the Hispanic community since 1996.