Feb. 25, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - University of New Mexico alumnus and broadcasting legend of television and radio Connie Alexander will call the first game of Saturday's double-header and Sunday's game against Northern Colorado this weekend on 101.7 FM (KQTM) The TEAM. Alexander will be filling in for Scott Galetti, who will be on the road with the No. 10/12 Lobo men's basketball team. Lobo baseball alumnus Mike Foote (1976-80) will be handling the color analysis for the season. The duo will also cover both games in Las Cruces when the Lobos face in-state rival New Mexico State, on March 2-3.
"I am excited about what Ray Birmingham is doing with this program," said Alexander. "I feel honored and elated to broadcast play-by-play for the Lobos."
"Connie Alexander is a legend to me," said head coach Ray Birmingham. "He has called some of the greatest games in college history as the `voice of the Southwest Conference'. I am extremely excited and we are honored to have a legend in the booth."
"This Lobo baseball team deserves a quality broadcast," said Joe O'Neill, President of 101.7 FM the TEAM. "Connie Alexander and Mike Foote will do a quality job."
Alexander played baseball for the Lobos in the early 1950's as a freshman at UNM. As a 20-year old student Alexander found that his calling was off the diamond and received his first shot at calling live action on the radio. The rest as they say was history. He since has covered 10 Cotton Bowls, numerous Pro Bowls, University of Texas football in the 60's and 70's but is remembered by fans for calling the Southwest Conference Game of the Week on the Hubble Oil Network.
Alexander called his final Cotton Bowl in 1979 as Joe Montana led Notre Dame to a thrilling comeback win over Houston, 35-34.
Often called an `innovator of play-by-play', Alexander was calling the action for the 100th Anniversary of College Football game on Dec. 6, 1969 that featured the No. 1 Texas Longhorns against the No. 2 Arkansas Razorbacks for the national title. Texas went on to win the game, 15-14.
One of his greatest moments as a broadcaster came when he sat along side college basketball's most legendary coach John Wooden in the 1975 NCAA West Regional at Pauly Pavilion.
Foote lettered at UNM in baseball from 1976-80 and was an All-Western Athletic Conference shortstop in 1980. Foote led the Lobos in stolen bases in 1980 with 12 and triples in 1979 with seven.
The Lobos open up at home against Northern Colorado on Feb. 26-28. Fans can purchase the Olympic Sports Pass. The Olympic Sports Pass grants fans entrance to Lobo baseball and softball. For prices for the Olympic Sports Pass click HERE. For more information visit, www.GoLobos.com.