The Web design ROP (Regional Occupational Program) class at Crawford High School in San Diego learned about RadioFallbrook.com, the Internet radio station affiliated with the Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News, during a December 18 presentation by Village News correspondent Joe Naiman.
Naiman, a 1982 Crawford graduate and a board member of the Crawford High School Foundation, spoke to his former school about his experience announcing Fallbrook High School football games on RadioFallbrook.com and about the development of the Internet radio station.
Naiman received the invitation to speak from Web design ROP teacher Gail Lake.
When Naiman attended Crawford, a senior in the speech class served as the public address announcer for Crawford football and basketball games.
That not only began Naiman’s announcing career, but it was also his debut in Fallbrook as the Colts opened the 1981 football season at Fallbrook High School (Naiman served as a spotter for road games).
Naiman’s announcing experience prior to RadioFallbrook.com also included color commentary on closed-circuit video for the Western Soccer League’s San Diego Nomads and play-by-play assignments for a handful of other sporting events.
He was also a regular guest on a short-lived sports talk show on KKSM, the Palomar College radio station, in 1996.
Naiman also spent three high school football seasons providing post-game reports for The Coach on XTRA Sports.
Village News, Inc. took advantage of existing personnel and founded RadioFallbrook.com in 2000.
The Internet radio station broadcast Fallbrook High School football games for four seasons, including the 2000 CIF championship season.
The original announcers were Nick Motta and Phil Rupp, and Naiman broadcast games for part of the 2003 season, in which the Warriors reached the CIF finals before losing to Torrey Pines. (While speaking at Crawford, Naiman learned that Lake’s older daughter was a student at Torrey Pines at the time.)
Naiman, who began his professional print media career in 1985, is one of three remaining original Village News staff members.