Longtime Tucson media and public relations figure Jay Gonzales, a Sahuaro High School and Arizona grad who has lived his whole life in Tucson, will provide his insights and stories about this town and the Wildcats five days a week now.
The former Arizona Daily Star sports reporter joined Steve Rivera on Friday as a co-host of the “Eye on the Ball” sports-talk radio show on KVOI (1030-AM). The show is weekdays from 6 to 7 p.m.
With Gonzales and Rivera (formerly of The Tucson Citizen and a writer for AllSportsTucson.com) reporting on Arizona and Tucson-area athletics for three to four decades, their knowledge of the history of sports in this town is unmatched.
During Gonzales’ first appearance Friday, the show was all about his memories and most interesting stories, including perhaps him breaking an NCAA violation by taking Sean Elliott out for a pizza after Elliott’s junior season at Arizona to get a more in-depth story from the Cholla and Arizona great.
You can listen to that captivating (and funny) story and many others here from Friday’s show:
One part also includes Gonzales’ story about his dad signing a contract on a piece paper in handwriting to pay for his three sons, including Jay, to travel to Pasadena, Calif., to watch Arizona play in its first Rose Bowl. Of course, that has not yet happened and Gonzales’ dad has unfortunately passed away. Gonzales managed to bring humor to that story during Friday’s show.
We featured Gonzales this week after it became known that the Tucson Sugar Skulls, an Indoor Football League in their second season in Tucson, were forced to lay him off as team president because of the financial constraints resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic:
It’s the start of new adventure when I take to the airwaves this Friday with @SteveRivera95 on Eye on the Ball as a co-host. Listen to us weekdays from 6-7 p.m. on @1030TheVoice. We’ll be talking all things Tucson sports, and I’ve got lots of say. Story: https://t.co/zm56XLm2on
— Jay Gonzales (@jaygonzo59) April 30, 2020
Gonzales, a freelance writer and editor for BizTucson magazine, also is co-owner with his wife Gabrielle of Arizona Legal Technologies, LLC, a firm that helps local businesses with media and public relations for their operation. As an example, Gonzales mentioned his business is nearing completion on a book for United Way detailing their services.
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.