Whether coaching kids on a baseball diamond, watching games on television or simply following his favorite college or professional teams, sports has been a religion for Nick Mattos.
The longtime Forestville resident and former El Molino baseball coach has taken his lifelong passion to a new level this year, breaking into the sports talk radio genre with the same energy and passion he’s brought to every aspect of his life.
Last spring, Mattos was given the opportunity to break into the sports talk radio business after being recruited to host a show entitled, “The Tenth Inning with Nick and Paul” on the Mighty 1090 radio station, the San Diego Sports Leader.
He was initially approached by Scott Shields, the Marketing Director for Real Coconut Juice and Ready Salmon, who later pitched the idea for a sports talk show to the San Diego Padre’s owner, promoting Mattos as the co-host.
“Scott and I have known each other for a long time, and he knew I had a passion for sports,” Mattos said. “When he approached me with the idea I was immediately interested. I felt that even though I had no radio experience I was willing to give it a try.”
Starting in May, the radio gig required Mattos to fly to San Diego each Sunday to do the show, flying home the same night. Although the show lasted just eight weeks, it proved to be a huge step in a new career.
In August, Mattos was chosen along with broadcast partner Bob Seymour to co-host Overtime with Nick and Bob, a local sports radio talk show on KSRO (1350 am) in Santa Rosa each Sunday, airing 30 minutes after Oakland Raiders broadcasts.
Lifelong friends and brothers in law, Mattos and Seymour have a chemistry born from four decades of lively sports talk. Although the show focuses on the Raiders, the pair converses on all things sports, taking calls from listeners during the broadcast. The show calls on the expertise of guests, often with a big emphasis on the local high school sports scene.
Following the NFL football season, Mattos hopes to continue his career in sports broadcasting, whatever direction it may take him.
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