Deportes Nation is a collective of bloggers that explores our sports culture.
Our team includes:
Alex R. Parra
Parra has been involved in the coverage of major sporting events and leagues for over 20 years. He began his broadcasting career in the news department at Telemundo Houston and became one of the first journalists to work in both Spanish and English language media when he joined Fox Houston. As a producer, host and commentator, Parra has worked with Fox Sports International covering PGA Golf, NFL Football, ATP and WTA Tennis, Bundesliga Soccer and the US and Mexico National Soccer teams.
He has also served as Spanish language commentator for the NBA Houston Rockets and the MLS Houston Dynamo. He was co-host of the first daily ESPN Deportes Radio program (Voces del Deporte) in Houston history and Executive Producer and host of the first official Spanish language team broadcast of the MLB Houston Astros (Contacto con los Astros). In the realm of boxing, Parra was co-creator and Executive Producer of the first bi-lingual radio program in the Unites States, El Baby Bull Show, featuring Boxing Champion Juan Diaz and airing on Univision Radio.
Parra is a graduate of the University of Houston with a BA in Political Science.
Enrique began his sports broadcasting career in 1992 as color commentator on the Houston Oilers Spanish radio broadcasts, serving in that role until the 1995 season. His experience as NFL broadcaster continued with a stint as play by play announcer for Fox Sports America's NFL game of the week broadcasts hi-lighted by his call of Super Bowls XXXI and XXXII to a cable viewing audience from Mexico to all of Central and South America. From 1998 to 2001, Enrique also served as color commentator on Cadena de Plata, the Dallas Cowboys International Spanish radio network. He also served as play by play announcer on the network for select preseason games.
The return of the NFL to Houston in 2002 brought Enrique back to the space city to serve as color commentator on the Houston Texans Spanish radio broadcast thru 2011. Since the 2012 season Enrique has served as play by play announcer and is also a regular contributor to houstontexans.com.
Since 2013 Vasquez has cohosted “Houston Texans Primero y Diez” on KTMD Telemundo Houston. The official Spanish language weekly TV show of the Texans that was nominated for an Emmy in 2015.
With Fox Sports America, Vasquez also served as Senior Producer and play by play man for the networks NCAA Men's basketball tournament including the first ever Spanish language game broadcasts during the 1995-1997 Final Four tournaments.
For five seasons starting in 2006, Vasquez also served as Senior Producer and host of Contacto con los Astros, the official Houston Astros Spanish language television program. The show was also the first spanish language program to air on Fox Sports Net Houston.
In 2008, Vasquez also served as producer for the first ever Houston Astros Spanish TV game broadcasts. The 14 game broadcast schedule was an original production completely in Spanish originating live from Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros.
Vasquez has also hosted and co-hosted numerous radio shows through the years in the Houston market including, Deportes America, Voces del Deporte and The Babybull Show. He also served as Stadium PA announcer for the Houston Dynamo from '06-'08 and still serves as PA Announcer for select international soccer matches and tournaments at BBVA Stadium and NRG Stadium.
Vasquez is a Radio TV and Film graduate from Sam Houston State University ('94).
Ashley's passion for television and entertainment started at the very young age of 5. Her parents always advised her to pursue a degree in whatever she wanted and it was not until she became of age that she started to look deeply into pursing broadcasting as her chosen career path. She always knew that whatever she chose to do as a career, she just wanted to be happy doing it and found no better way to accomplish that happiness than by combining her love for sports and T.V. entertainment. While starting college, she interned at LSC-TV as an anchor, reporter, and news assistant. After her internship, she challenged her writing creativity as a sports columnist for 365 Rundown Sports. Ashley has been inspired and mentored by reporters such as Mariana Pineda and Lily Jang who both as women encouraged her pursue this attainable dream.
Although Ashley was born in Houston, TX. she is a proud daughter of Mexican parents which have always instilled a proud Hispanic heritage in her. Ashley's first language is Spanish (in which she is fluent). Through the advantage of being bilingual, she has had many opportunities presented to her and had the blessing to work with many people of different backgrounds. She encourages all people who speaks different language to apply it in their daily jobs and lives -all to make the world a better place.
Aside from her sports and broadcasting accomplishments, Ashley Rodriguez was crowned as Miss U.S. Houston and is also a published model. She is a fitness junkie and has an eagerness to travel the world. Her wishes include to be more active on mission trips in hopes to change and touch people's lives in unimaginable ways. She also wishes (in the future) to challenge her talents outside of broadcasting and into the business entrepreneurship world. Ashley's passion for God's love and will, family, friends, animals, community outreach, beauty, fitness, all contribute to who she is and all of what she hopes to accomplish in the future.
Ashley is currently finishing up her BA in Communications- News Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Business Entrepreneurship at the University of Houston.
"If it doesn't come from Him, I don't want it. All of my success, all of who I am and what I have, goes to the glory of God." - Ashley Rodriguez April 2015
Favorite Quote: "The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling." -unknown