FOX Sports Arizona Treats Loyal Twitter Fans to D-Backs Game

FOX Sports Arizona is constantly posting on social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter to promote the network while also trying to make our fans feel noticed. We enjoy engaging with fans about their favorite teams while focusing on the local sports landscape. Twitter is one of the platforms we like the most – since December 2008 we have gained nearly 45,000 followers and found it to be an effective promotional tool and a way to find out what our viewers are thinking. Some of them have been here since the beginning, while others may have just started to follow us and we enjoy the engagement they provide on a daily basis.

These positive interactions do not go unnoticed, so FOX Sports Arizona decided to reward six of our most loyal D-backs Tweeps (and a guest) with a night in our suite at the Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies game on Sept. 29. It was awesome to get to interact with them and prove there is a person behind the screen who reads their tweets every day and they mean a great deal to our network. After the game (and during), the fans posted tweets about their night in our suite (they even got on TV!) and thanked us for the experience. It was truly our pleasure to thank them for their constant support!

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FOX Sports Arizona Nominated for 10 Emmy Awards

Last night, the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced its Emmy nominations and FOX Sports Arizona received 10 nominations spanning across its production, original programming and on-air promotions departments.

  • On Camera Talent/Anchors: Todd Walsh
  • Writer – Program (Non News): Todd Walsh
  • Sports – News Single Story: The Yarnell 19 (Josh Kelman/Rusty Francisco)
  • Sports – Daily or Weekly Program: D-backs The 10th Inning (Josh Kelman, Tom Elsner, Todd Walsh, Rusty Francisco
  • Sports – Daily or Weekly Program: D-backs Live (Brian Henry/Heather Berry)
  • Sporting Event/Game – Live Unedited: D-backs Baseball – The Art of Pitching (Bill Cochran, Mitch Riggin, Steve Berthiaume. Bob Brenly)
  • Interview/Discussion – Feature/Segment: 5 Minutes In The Box With Tyson Nash (Josh Kelman, Tom Elsner, Rusty Francisco, Tyson Nash)
  • Interview/Discussion – Program/Special or Series: Cup of Coffee With Steve Berthiaume – Bronson Arroyo episode (Steve Berthiaume, Josh Kelman, Tom Elsner, Rusty Francisco)
  • Promotion Program – Campaign: Great Moments Happen Here (Al Porteous/Scott Powell)
  • Promotion Program – Sports: AIA High School Championships (Al Porteous/Scott Powell)

Congratulations to all nominees! The winners will be announced at this year’s Emmy Award ceremony on Oct. 17 at Talking Stick Resort.

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New Football Show Coming to FOX Sports Arizona

“Brad Cesmat’s Football AZ” Debuts on FOX Sports Arizona

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SCOTTSDALE — Longtime Arizona sportscaster Brad Cesmat and Arizona Ford Dealers are teaming up to launch Brad Cesmat’s Football AZ, a program that will provide unprecedented coverage of professional, college and high school football on multiple platforms across Arizona.

The program debuts Wednesday on Cesmat’s all-sports website,, as well as FOX Sports Arizona, where it will air on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

“I believe there is a strong appetite for football coverage 12 months a year in Arizona,” said Cesmat, whose staff will produce the show out of Skyview Network studios in Scottsdale. “This is not just a football-on-Sunday state. This is a seven-day-a-week football state. Nothing like this has been done before.”

Cesmat began his career as part of the start-up of XTRA in San Diego/Los Angeles in 1988. In 1993 he moved to the Valley, where he hosted a sports talk show at KTAR-AM and later served as sports anchor at KTVK.

“The Arizona Ford Dealers Association is pleased to be the title sponsor on this pioneering show,” said Tim Hovik, chairman of the Arizona Ford Dealers Association. “Like Ford, Brad has earned the trust of sports fans across the state. Brad has been a visionary in sports media and we are excited to partner with him.”

“Brad’s show will help complement our popular D-backs, Coyotes and Suns coverage and will give football fans a look at the games and topics that matter most in Arizona,” said Brian Hogan, FOX Sports Arizona Sr. Vice President & General Manager.

The partnership with Ford expands the reach of, which streams on and also shares content with Ch. 12, CW6, Skyview Network and

Cesmat launched in 2012 to reach large audiences that were migrating to the digital realm. “I took my years of experience at KTAR and KTVK and created a digital platform,” Cesmat said. “This show is just another piece in our digital platform as we continue to grow the brand.”

Upcoming scheduled airings on FOX Sports Arizona:

Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 5:30 p.m., 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 10 at 5:30 p.m., 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 14 at 5:30 p.m., 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 5:30 p.m., 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 17 at 6:00 p.m., 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

–30– is a multi-platform digital media-based content company that was founded in 2012 by Brad Cesmat. It focuses exclusively on Arizona sports, from the professional ranks to the colleges and high schools. For more information, visit

Andrew Bagnato

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Randy Johnson’s #51 Retirement – FOX Sports Arizona Coverage

Saturday August 8th was a day that FOX Sports Arizona, the Arizona Diamondbacks and D-backs fans have been looking forward to since the start of the 2015 season. Why? It was the  day newly inducted Baseball Hall of Famer, Randy Johnson would have his #51 retired by the D-backs. FOX Sports Arizona had the day covered extensively on televison  – and across all social media platforms as well!

Randy’s big day began at 9:30 am with FOX Sports Arizona replaying Randy Johnson’s 20 strikeout game as well as his perfect game before the jersey number retirement ceremony.

The FOX Sports Arizona Fan Express bus rolled to Chase Field from Tolleson as 50 lucky fans won two tickets to the game and the opportunity to ride on the Fan Express bus to watch the Diamondbacks take on the Cincinnati Reds on this special night.

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Chase Field had a playoff type atmosphere with a crowd of over 40,000 eagerly waiting for “The Big Unit” to take the Diamondback mound one last time.


At roughly 5:00 pm, Randy took his final walk from the Diamondback bullpen to greet the anxious Chase Field crowd. Making his way to the mound, he greeted the only other D-back to have his jersey number retired – Luis Gonzalez , as well as former and current Diamondbacks front office executives Jerry Colangelo, Joe Garagiola Jr, Ken Kendrick and Derrick Hall.

Before the ceremony began, current President and CEO Derrick Hall had a gift for the Rock ‘n Roll lefty. A limited edition Rush gold plated drum set! His reaction to this generous gift was priceless.

Randy thanked all of the front office, fans and family throughout the Diamondback organization for making his experience in Major League Baseball the best time of his life.

Once the game started and the fans settled into their seats, Randy made his way up to the FOX Sports Arizona broadcast booth to join former D-backs manager Bob Brenly and Steve Berthiaume on air. Even a little friend made a visit to remind Randy about that time on March 24th 2001.

Randy was a busy man doing interviews and talk shows but his big moment of fame came during the D-backs Legends Race.  Randy Johnson let teammate Mark Grace win his first ever Legends Race. Check out our Snapchat Story for all of the exclusive coverage from Saturday night.

Although the D-backs couldn’t get a win on Randy’s jersey retirement night, the evening was unforgettable. The fans, the Rush gold plated drum set, sitting in the booth with Bob and Steve and witnessing Gracie win the Legends Race, Chase Field was the place to be and FOX Sports Arizona was the network to watch!

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Welington Castillo goes full #BEEFMODE

Acquired from the Seattle Mariners back in June, Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo has quickly become a fan favorite thanks to his increasing amount of home runs. With his instant success in Arizona, the hashtag #BEEFMODE came about to describe Castillo’s success on social media. Castillo loves his new nickname but confessed that he had never tried Beef Wellington, nor did he know anything about it. On Aug. 4 however, FOX Sports Arizona producer Brian Henry and reporter Jody Jackson made sure that Welington got to live up to his new #BEEFMODE lifestyle.

Jody and Brian reached out to Nathan Street, the executive chef of  Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse in Washington D.C. to see if the restaurant would partake in the #BEEFMODE phenomenon. Street agreed and the next day at Nationals Park, a 5-star dining experience was ready.

Then the moment of truth: #BEEFMODE met Beef Wellington for the first time.

“Mmm. That was really good, really good! Can I have it all?!”

#BEEFMODE took the Beef Wellington into the D-backs clubhouse and shared the beef with his teammates and coaches.

The #BEEFMODE affair took off.  Even Yahoo Sports Big League Stew wrote an article about the occasion. #BEEFMODE became a trending topic on Twitter in Phoenix before the game even started as word about the feast in DC spread on Twitter – and it was even trending higher then Miss Piggy!

#BEEFMODE is getting beefy!

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KidKaster – Mackenzie

FOX Sports Arizona’s Sanderson Ford KidKaster, 12 year-old Mackenzie got to experience the Arizona Diamondback game like ever before on July 26th .

Jake Lamb stopping to autograph a baseball for our KidKaster Mackenzie! @dbacks

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To start off her day, Mackenzie got to interview one of her favorite Diamondbacks players, short stop Nick Ahmed. Mackenzie and Nick went back and forth about baseball and common interests!

Once her interview with Nick was over, she headed up to the FOX Sports Arizona pregame set where she sat down with Jody Jackson to do a segment on Diamondbacks Live!

Taking in all of the experiences so far, Mackenzie then went up to the PA booth where she got the opportunity to announce the Diamondbacks batting lineup in the 2nd inning. Although she could not spark the Diamondback offense, she had a blast being able to say the batters names for the whole stadium to hear.

At the top of the 3rd inning, Mackenzie found herself sitting next to Bob Brenly and Steve Berthiaume in the FOX Sports Arizona broadcast booth where they discussed her favorite hobbies and her favorite food-Bacon.

To finish off the day, Mackenzie got to go inside the FOX Sports Arizona production truck where she got a behind the scenes look and operated the switchboard. She ended her day with her family while watching the Diamondbacks defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-0.

Remember, YOUR child could be next on the list for this once-in-a-lifetime experience! The next KidKaster Audition will be held Sunday, August 30th in the Sandlot. You must be between the ages of 10-14 to audition. Stayed tuned for future KidKaster dates by following FOX Sports Arizona on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!

Check out Mackenzie’s full experience here!

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A Big Saturday for FOX Sports Arizona, COX Communications & the D-backs


This past Saturday, FOX Sports Arizona, COX Communications and the Arizona Diamondbacks teamed up to give D-backs fans an opportunity to receive an autograph & picture from 2015 MLB All-Star A.J. Pollock at the Tempe Marketplace COX Solutions Store.

IMG_4711IMG_4733With A.J. scheduled to show up at the store at 10:30 am, fans were anxiously waiting in a line that wrapped around the entire outside of the store an hour before the event started. The crowd on hand was energized and ready to see the All-Star.

Fans poured into the COX Solutions Store with their jerseys, baseballs, posters and even a custom guitar all for A.J. to sign. A.J. took every picture and signed every autograph that was placed before him. Here is a link to view FOX Sports Arizona’s Snapchat story from the A.J. Pollock appearance.


Later on in that afternoon, FOX Sports Arizona had our D-backs Fan Express bus rolling to Chase Field with winners and their guests from the Scottsdale/Tempe area to watch the Diamondbacks take on the San Francisco Giants on Star Wars night.

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The Fan Express winners received an A.J. Pollock bobble head on Star Wars Night at Chase Field and were the first to ride on the newly designed Fan Express bus featuring the Randy Johnson Hall of Fame graphic. If you would like the chance to ride in the Fan Express bus, you have only ONE more opportunity

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The next trip is:

Saturday, August 8th, vs Cincinnati Reds at the COX Soloutions Store in Tolleson, 9897 W. McDowell Rd,  Suite 700, Tolleson, 85353. Registration ends July 27.

P.S. This game is also Randy Johnson’s jersey retirement, so if you win, you will get to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience courtesy of COX and FOX Sports Arizona!

To enter, fans must register at the Tolleson COX Solutions Store by filling out a submission slip and dropping it into a registration box. Randomly selected winners will receive two tickets to the selected D-backs game, as well as a spot on the Fan Express bus for them and a guest.

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