Live and Loud: Local Radio Show Delivers Best Damn Golf Information

The radio stylings of Mike Ratchman and co-host Dave Roberts have injected a new attitude into the 8-9 a.m. time slot on both 1250 The Zone in San Antonio and 1530 ESPN in Austin, and in the process have made the “Golfer’s Guide Radio” the most listened to golf program in Central Texas.

What began as the initial venture onto the airwaves for Ratchman, who also publishes Central Texas Golfer’s Guide, and Roberts, the head golf professional at the Golf Club of Texas, five years ago has quickly become the place to turn for the most accurate, up-to-date and trusted information for area golfers in every town extending from Austin and The Hill Country to San Antonio.

“We truly are the station for golf information,” said Ratchman.

The show was first picked up by ESPN in San Antonio, and has recently expanded its audience to include the Austin area.

Mike Ratchman and co-host Dave Roberts

“Golf is very important to our audience,” said Steve Wilder, general manager of 1530 ESPN in Austin.

“Mike has been very successful with his magazine, so really it was a natural fit. He’s been on the air with us since the beginning of our golf season and has done a terrific job.

“Mike and Dave are very knowledgeable and have tremendous relationships within the golf industry,“ he continued. “The show is relevant to everyone in the Central Texas area. Because of the number of courses available for play, it’s not out of the realm of normal for a golfer to drive to San Antonio (from Austin) or past to play a course that they particularly like. Nobody is more aware of what’s available than Mike and Dave.”

On any given Saturday Roberts and Ratchman are joined by local golf directors and professionals like Adam Grosch of Vaaler Creek Golf Club and Andrew Peterson of Canyon Springs Golf Club, Teresa Goetz, the show’s LPGA regional connection, or Bryan Gathright Golf Magazines top 100 teachers who share a few stories with the hosts before fi lling the viewers in on the latest happenings and deals at their golf facilities.

Golfer’s Guide Radio also features talented writers and correspondents who call in on occasion and report live from the biggest professional golf events across the country. Texas author Art Stricklin, a regular to the show, calls to share his insights on local, regional and national Tour happenings or XM Radio’s PGA Tour Network correspondent Bob Stevens gives his take live at national events.

But overall, the focus of the show remains intensely local and dedicated to delivering golfers in Austin, San Antonio and The Hill Country recommendations on where to stay and play, detailing current course conditions and familiarizing everyone with the local golf flavor.

“There are lots of ways to get a national perspective,” said Wilder. “What you want to do to attract local listeners is deliver a local angle with local personality that brings a national event to life in ways pertinent to the local community. That’s what our station is built on. We have more local programming than any sports station in town.”

Ratchman says he isn’t surprised that the show has developed such a passionate following, because after all San Antonio and Austin are golf towns where people can play on beautiful courses 365 days a year.

“Central Texas is a great golf destination, and although we have UT football and the Spurs, probably the classiest organization in the NBA, Austin and San Antonio are golf towns,” said Ratchman with the same vigor and candor that’s on display every Saturday morning to his listeners. More important, Golfer’s Guide Radio wouldn’t be possible without wonderful sponsors such as The Club at ConCan, Alsatian Golf Club, Southern Golf Properties and Foresight Golf.

If you want the best damn golf information in Austin, The Hill Country and San Antonio, tune into “Golfer’s Guide Radio,” every Saturday morning on either 1250 The Zone in San Antonio, or on 1530 ESPN in the Austin area.

Live and Loud: Local Radio Show Delivers Best Damn Golf Information

Listeners can also catch live episodes on each station’s Web site, and browse archives of past shows at




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