All Sports Best

How It All Began...

OtherTrey Gonsalez1 Comment

All Sports Best, kind of an interesting name, right? Well, we made it this far and it has been over two years of work and I would like to tell you how it all began. Crazy enough, I have a friend from Carlsbad who seemed to be doing quite well with an Instagram account that he started from scratch. After thinking about what I wanted the account to be about I landed on the idea of sports motivation and positivity.  It happened at a good time because I was actually around my sister's summer basketball team and I noticed just how much negativity is involved in sports.  Most people join sports or other activities for one of two reasons, either they enjoy the sport or they want to hang out with friends, but either way it is a good outlet from the worries of life.  From the outside looking in, it would seem as though many athletes hate the sport they play or think of it as a job.  I know something you read on the internet may not change your mindset, but I figured, heck it could be a start.  That night I was up thinking of names to start off the "great account" that would help athletes change their minds and nothing was available.  (I know, just picking from the only names available, what a great way to start, right?) Well, after close to 15 attempts I settled on the name we use today.  It didn't really have the ring to it I was hoping for, but hey, it's just a little Instagram account after all, right?  I sketched out the logo we use today that same night and so it began...

Fast forward a few months and many failed attempts to make ASB a featured Instagram name and I expanded it to be on both twitter and facebook.  Though there was help from friends and family to get more recognition it was, after all, just a sports motivation page.  So I thought about how I could eventually make it a little bigger in a way that would be enjoyable.  Many people can probably relate to the ability to really get deep into your thoughts as you drive and listen to music and that's just what I did.  I mean, I didn't go for a drive just to think about my next move, but simply went on a drive and happened to think about everything going on at the time and just carelessly let the radio station that happened to be on play on.  Well, after the a really calm song played, the hosts of the show came on to talk about some funny facts and I thought it was a really cool profession to work in.  The next week I called Carlsbad Radio and was able to get in touch with the owner about a sports talk radio show.  He approved and the real work began...

No equipment. No experience. No idea.  The radio station wanted a 3 hour show created and sent to them 2 weeks later and I was on the brink of regret.  I was excited because I would be able to talk sports and shine the spotlight on local student-athletes every week, but would it be worth it?  This was actually happening. I guess I just thought that it would be a walk in the park and they would do the music, edits, and commercials for me if I just got on the microphone.  Not quite.  I was lucky enough to pick up a few sponsors to help cushion the blow of the equipment expenses, but didn't know how to do much after that.  I was able to meet with another local radio host who had some success all over the country who was willing to help me get started.  He pointed me in the right direction and I started recording right on time. (And yes, there was plenty of mess-ups and stuttering.) That was just the beginning, though, because the first month of recording was going alright, whereas the editing and music placement was a complete nightmare. I spent close to 15 hours a week to record and produce a 3 hour show which runs a little over an hour of talk time a show. As time went on those hours were gradually cut down.  Braden Ryan agreed to be on the show every week and the banter quickly got much better...

We needed gear. Something to wear to events or just out in public casually to promote the show.  So we ordered blue polos and stitched the logo on the upper, right-hand side of them.  We began doing live broadcasts more often and even ran a couple of remote coverages for a few events and grand openings.  At that point, listeners were able to hear us in more than one way and we decided to create our original hats with the puff logo, just like the MLB teams we follow so heavily.  Luckily, at this point, people wanted some of the gear we were coming out with and we were fortunate enough to see them rep our hats and shirts locally! Yes, this was very exciting!

Our latest hit has been the events we were able to host in the summer in the form of "Cornhole Tournaments." We wanted a way for our community to get together and compete, so we attended Cavernfest and had our first event.  We had 24 teams sign up in advance and had a blast learning the ropes. Next, we hosted a 32 team tournament at the Beach Bandshell in Carlsbad where people set up canopies and lawn chairs and had a great time.  We would like to get to the point of hosting an event every month and collaborating with local businesses to further connect our community and make things happen for the town itself.

In a nutshell, this has truly been a long, tough process but I have loved every single minute of it and would like to thank my friends and family most for their help and all of our past and current sponsors for all they have done to make this possible!  Present: Albertsons Market, Constructors, Inc., Kaliedoscoops Ice Cream & More, and Bowen Farm Bureau Insurance. Past: Yum Yum Yogurt, Que Suave. I would also like to thank my dad, Ruben Gonsalez, for taking over as the new co-host and helping me every step of the way.

We hope to find success in our new website and the articles we are going to publish on it.  We love all of the support we have been given in the past two years and hope to continue to grow! Thank you for reading this article on how it all began! If you would like to write a sports article or personal sports story, please contact us.  We would love to work with anyone trying to write for us!