I received an e-mail yesterday from Rich Gilgallon, also known as Da Coach, with some surprising news. Gilgallon, who hosts a radio show on KPSI-AM 920 from 4 to 6 p.m., is leaving the desert and heading back to the Boston area by the end of the month.
Why is that a golf story? Well, let’s just say that through his 13 years in the desert, few people have been as supportive of the local golf scene as Rich. Before his current show, the conservative-talk “Rich Gilgallon Show”, Gilgallon’s hosted “Da Coach’s Soapbox” om the same station at the same time. The show was billed as a sports talk show, but Rich couldn’t help but fall heavily into long discussions of his favorite sport, golf.
He never missed a chance to pump up local golf, whether it be local courses, local PGA of America club or teaching pros and of course the pro events that came through the desert. He was honored numerous times for his efforts by the Desert Chapter PGA.
Of those big tournaments in the desert, Rich was most closely associated with the LPGA’s Kraft Nabisco Championship, where he played during the pro-am and served as the first tee announcer during the tournament (“Ladies and gentlemen, no cameras, no pictures, no cell phones please. Now on the tee . . . ”
Gilgallon did all this while working his way through two different heart attacks in recent years. In the last few months, “Da Coach’s Soapbox” morphed into “The Rich Gilgallon Show,” with a more personal approach to his views on politics.
Now Gilgallon is heading back east, where he was from originally and closer to where he started his radio career. Good luck to him, and good luck to the Kraft Nabisco is finding another voice willing to doe six or seven hours of announcing at the event next year.