Inspired by the great Roberto Clemente, Roberto spent his youth in the right field pavilion of Dodger Stadium at every Pittsburgh Pirates game to get up close to his favorite player. After Clemente’s tragic death in 1972, Roberto became an avid California Angels fan following the careers of Nolan Ryan and Frank Tanana. He has seen firsthand the team’s transformation into what is now known as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
A California native and a Washington transplant, Roberto started writing as a teenager covering Orange County high school sports for local newspapers. As a Film Studies student at Claremont McKenna College, he did baseball play-by-play on KSPC 88.7 FM with Jimmy “The Saint” Christopher (who later became the PA announcer at the Ballpark in Arlington for the Texas Rangers).
Writing his college thesis on reggae music, Roberto interviewed the legendary Peter Tosh and hosted the only reggae radio program on the commercial airwaves at KNAC in Long Beach. Later, Roberto would bring his “Reggae Revolution” to the World Famous KROQ 106.7 in Los Angeles for nearly a decade before moving south to San Diego to co-host a radio show with San Diego Chargers David Binn. He has since written liner notes for the likes of UB40, Sublime, Pato Banton, Tippa Irie, Macka B and Mad Professor.
Roberto is a proud father and grandfather who currently works as a alternative education high school teacher and ESL instructor. Follow him on twitter @ABLblogger