Behind the mike: Oscar Soria, left, and Miguel Quintana
have been the Diamondbacks'
Spanish radio announcing team since 1999.
PHOENIX - On a good night with the transistor turned just so, Tucson baseball fans can pick up Miguel Quintana
and Oscar Soria, the Spanish voices of the Diamondbacks
, on a station out of Nogales, Sonora.
At the same time, Quintana
has seen it all, having been the voice of the D'backs to their Spanish-speaking audience since the inaugural 1998 season.
and Soria call all the D'backs home games and 10 road games this season for the Spanish network radio flagship in Phoenix, KNLY-AM.
..."Miguel and Oscar, they just work real well together," said Saenz, a native of Benson who served as the town's mayor from 1989 to 1993.
has been a popular figure in the Spanish sports community since his
beginnings as a 15-year-old sportswriter for El Sol in Agua Prieta, Sonora.He started as a sports commentator in Phoenix in 1981 and became the sports director for KTVW-TV. He
remains the sports anchor for the Telemundo affiliate in Phoenix, and in addition to working D'backs games has broadcast Mexican Pacific League baseball games as well as Arizona Sandsharks indoor soccer and Arizona Rattlers arena football.
Swamped by messages on his
cellular phone seeking D'backs updates from friends in the southern part of the state, Quintana
would like to return to the Tucson audience.
"That is a large market right there we are missing," he
and Soria have developed a bond not only with Hermosillo native and fan favorite Erubiel Durazo, but also with many in the D'backs clubhouse.
During off-season publicity tours around the Southwest and into Mexico, Dellucci often introduces Quintana
as "Wayne Newton" because of a facial resemblance.