Radio Broadcasters

The Beast 980

The Beast 980 is L.A.’s new home for sports featuring the city’s only live and local sports morning show, “The Home Team,” with basketball great Marques Johnson and sports insider Jeanne Zelasko. The Beast 980 also features local icons Jim RomeFred Roggin and Ralph Lawler and is the flagship station of the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Galaxy, defending MLS champions. Additionally, The Beast 980 carries a full slate of NFL action including exclusive primetime Sunday, Monday and Thursday evening games, NCAA football and basketball play-by-play, and “Trojans Live”, a weekly look at USC athletics.

Fred Roggin: Play-by-Play

The Dean of L.A. sports, is an award-winning sports anchor for NBC4 Southern California and now hosts his new radio program right here on The Beast 980, weekdays from 12pm to 3pm.

As the leading sports anchor in Southern California, he has earned 30 local Emmy Awards, 22 Golden Mike Awards, three prestigious Associated Press Awards and numerous Press Club Awards for his sports segments, specials and series. Roggin also was bestowed the Joseph M. Quinn Award for Lifetime Achievement from The Los Angeles Press Club in 2013.

Roggin is one of the few local sportscasters who also work for the NBC Network during the Olympic Games. He was a network host and reporter for the Games in London, Vancouver, Beijing, Athens, Turin, Sydney, and Salt Lake. On the local level, Roggin has covered every Olympics since 1984.

Roggin joined NBC4 as the weekend sports anchor and weekday reporter. In June 1986, he became the station’s primary sports anchor and reporter. Roggin expanded his role at the station in 1985 when he created and became host and executive producer of ‘Sunday Night Sports.’

Well-known for his use of humor and satire in his sports reporting, Roggin created segments such as the ‘Hall of Shame,’ which features video clips of humorous and unforgettable sports moments, and ‘Roggin’s Heroes,’ which highlights remarkable or extraordinary plays occurring in the world of sports. ’Roggin’s Heroes’ was developed into a nationally syndicated, weekly show in 1990.

Roggin began his broadcasting career in 1976 as a sports anchor, reporter and play-by-play announcer for KIKO Radio in Globe, Arizona. In 1977, he became the sports anchor, reporter and sports director for KBLU Radio and KYEL-TV in Yuma, Arizona. The next year, he became the sports director and anchor for KVUE-TV in Austin, Texas, and during that same year moved to Phoenix, Arizona, to become the weekday sports anchor at KPNX-TV.

Originally from Detroit, Roggin was raised in Phoenix and attended Phoenix College, where he studied broadcasting. Roggin is married, has five children and lives with his family in the San Fernando Valley.


Ralph Perez: Color Analyst

For the sixth straight season Ralph Perez will serve as the color analyst for home Galaxy radio broadcasts.

Currently the head coach at the University of Redlands, a position he has held since May 2006, Perez also has experience coaching in MLS and with the U.S. National Team. After serving as an assistant coach with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars (now New York Red Bulls) during the first two years of MLS, Perez joined the Galaxy coaching staff in January 1998. He remained in that role until the end of the 2003 season, helping the Galaxy win three different trophies.

Perez has also extensive experience with the U.S. National Team, serving as an assistant coach at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy while also working with the U.S. coaching staff at the 1994 World Cup in the U.S. Additionally, Perez was the head coach of the U.S. Uner-20 National Team at the 1989 Youth World Cup and was an adviser to the U.S. Olympic Team at the 1992 Barcelona Games.

The New York native has also served as the head coach on the college level at Old Dominion, Santa Clara, Cal State-Fullerton, Cal State-Los Angeles and Whittier College.


In 1941, at the beginning of World War II, the Federal Communications Commission awarded KWKW its’ license to broadcast and inform the Hispanic population of Los Angeles the news about the war. This took place from the basement of a hotel on Colorado Street in Pasadena. At a later date KWKW moved to 800 Sierra Madre Villa in Pasadena, where many of today’s famous announcers began their careers in Spanish Radio. In 1962 Lotus Communications Corporation bought KWKW. Since that time Howard Kalmenson owner and founder of Lotus Communications has been able to acquire 24 radio station which broadcast in English and Spanish as well as Lotus Hispanic Reps, a National Rep firm with offices across the country. All this was possible because of KWKW. In January 1989, when KWKW switched from 1300 to 1330 on the AM dial, their broadcast coverage area more than doubled. KWKW is one of the leading Spanish language radio stations in the United States. An excellent signal, popular personalities, outstanding news, sports, and in depth public service and community involvement guarantee KWKW’s long term success in the dominant Mexican & Latino community in Los Angeles. Most important, the combination of KWKW’s professional on the air sound, excellent commercial environment, and receptive family audience.

Returning for a fifth season of radio broadcasts in 2012 is ESPN Deportes Radio, KWKW 1330 AM. The local leader in Spanish-language sports talk radio, ESPN Deportes Radio will broadcast all 34 of the club’s regular season games in 2012 on either KWKW, or their sister station, KWKU 1220 AM. Rolando Gonzalez and Armando Aguayo will once again handle the broadcasting duties, while Aguayo will also continue to host Puro Galaxy, a popular, hour-long show that is all things Galaxy. Schedule permitting, Puro Galaxy will air every Sunday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. beginning on Sunday, March 4.

Rolando Gonzalez: Play-by-Play

The original voice of the Los Angeles Galaxy, Rolando Gonzalez returns to the broadcast booth on ESPN Deportes Radio (KWKW 1330 AM). Gonzalez, who was the Galaxy’s radio voice from 1996-2002, brings over 30 years of broadcasting experience and will provide the radio play-by-play in Spanish. Known as “El Veloz” because of his rapid-fire play-by-play style, Gonzalez also serves as host of “La Maquina Deportiva” on ESPN Deportes Radio in addition to his work with the Galaxy. A native of Escuintla, Guatemala, Gonzalez has covered seven World Cups, including Mexico (1970, 1986), Argentina (1978), Spain (1982), Italy (1990), USA (1994) and France (1998). Gonzales has also served as a reporter and analyst for the 1968 (Mexico), 1976 (Montreal) and 1984 (USA) Olympics Games as well as a host of other major sporting events. A graduate of USAC with a degree in communications science, Gonzalez formed part of the team that broadcast games and provided analysis for the 1979 Pan American Games in Puerto Rico. Gonzalez’s vast experience in broadcasting includes covering the 1965 (Guatemala), 1967 (Honduras) and 1969 (Costa Rica) CONCACAF Tournaments as well as numerous installments of the CONCACAF Gold Cup for KTNQ. A Golden Mic recipient, Gonzalez also has vast experience in television. He worked for Channel 3 and 7 in Guatemala and Channels 18, 52 and FOX Sports Americas in Los Angeles.


Armando Aguayo: Color Analyst

One of the most respected radio voices in the Southland, Armando Aguayo enters his fifth season as color commentator of the Galaxy’s games on ESPN Deportes Radio KWKW 1330 AM this season. A former soccer player himself, Aguayo is also the station’s Spanish voice of UCLA’s football and men’s basketball teams and NASCAR races at the California Speedway. He is also a host on the daily morning show, LA Maquina Deportiva, “The LA Sports Machine,” on ESPN Deportes Radio.

Throughout an illustrious 27-year career in sports radio, Aguayo has cover a wide range of major sporting events, Gold Cup, Mexican Soccer League, InterLiga, SuperLiga, Copa Libertadores, college basketball and football and championship boxing fights. He’s also worked on Fox Sports en Español.

A native of Irapuato, Guanajuato, México, Aguayo started his radio career when he was 14, editing live scripted commercials during the broadcast of his local team’s soccer games. After a year playing with Irapuato’s Third Division affiliate, during which time he injured his knee, Aguayo began taking Communications classes at El Colegio Nacional de Educación Pública and la Universidad Quetzalcoatl in Mexico. He came to Los Angeles when he was 20 and received his broadcaster’s license in 1995.