Conversationalist; writer; designated non-homer talker; required-reading blogger; observer of all things sports and otherwise; sharer of Forrest Gump-like experiences I never deserved; author of two books (Taking Flak available at all major bookstores and online!) and connoisseur of barbecue, wine, fishing, tailgating, chilling by the pool and assorted other necessary activities.
Role at SportsRadio 610: Lopez co-hosts the morning show Vandermeer & Lopez with Marc Vandermeer, Mondays through Friday from 6 to 10 a.m. He’s a part of the Texans pre- and post-game shows.
Age, birthday: Forty-something. March 27.
Facebook: John P. Lopez
Nicknames: J-Lo; Chupacabra; Stallion
Hometown: San Antonio
College: Texas A&M. Thanks. And Gig ‘em.
High school: Edison High School
How long at SportsRadio 610: Three years.
How long in radio business: Tinkerer for nearly 20. Seriously, six.
Coolest person at SR610: N.D. Kalu
What you love about Houston: It’s eclectic, untamed, hard-working. Its food, proximity to the coast, energy in more ways than one.
Favorite four-letter word: I love them all equally.
Favorite people/players/etc to interview: Legends. The all-time greats.
List experience/reason you have credibility, etc.: I covered some legends and all-time greats before they became legends and all-time greats.
Teams followed: All the locals, the Aggies, Liverpool FC, Kyle Busch, Atascocita and Humble High Schools, the Edison Golden Bears and anything USA.
Signature phrases or lines:
Don’t borrow worry.
Trust your eyes.
Time is undefeated.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Favorite sports experiences:
Seriously, I’ve been one of the luckiest sports fans/writers/broadcasters ever. I’ve traveled the world following the bouncing ball and been fortunate to have seen some of the most epic sports events and people in the last quarter-century. I’ve been to seven Olympic Games, five World Cups and too many Final Fours, NBA Finals, Super Bowls, World Series, NCAA championships, Ryder Cups, Major Championships and unbelievable sports moments to count. — JOHN
Sports played, where, when, etc.: Football, basketball, track and boxing in high school, in San Antonio. Baseball growing up. Golf forever.
Family info: Three kids, lots of fun, lots of bills.
A message from John:
I love what I do for a living. Not many people fulfill their childhood dreams