From the friendly confines of Alaqua Lakes, sports broadcasting pioneer Ann Ligouri is making (air) waves in the Big Apple.
She often seems to be in two places at once. But while she is admittedly a busy lady, she hasn’t learned how to clone herself – yet.
Sports broadcaster Ann Ligouri hosts the first and only golf radio show in the New York metropolitan market, all from behind a microphone in Alaqua Lakes.
“I do it all from my home office,” says Ann. “The headphones and microphone are professional quality and produce high-quality sound.”
Her show, Talking Golf, airs on Sunday mornings on all-sports radio WFAN. As urban listeners up north hear Ann interview top golfers and discuss the game, she manages to stay focused –
even when some furry, non-golfers in her Florida household pose distractions.
“My golden retriever is right there,” Ann laughs. “Sometimes, in the middle of the show, he will want attention. I say, ‘Skye, behave yourself!’”
She may be a star in New York, but Ann, her partner Scott Vallery, and Skye are happy to call Florida home.
Born in Ohio but a graduate of the University of South Florida in Tampa, Ann has longtime connections to The Sunshine State. She has relatives in the Orlando area including her mother, sister, and brother. Ann has another home in The Hamptons in New York, and spends much of her time traveling to golf tournaments all over the country.
It’s a busy career path, and one she’s had to forge on her own.
“When I started, I covered all sports,” Ann says. “I was one of the first women to host a call-in sports show. It was very unique for a woman to talk sports in 1987; I knew the show had to be really good – not only for my career, but also for the women to follow.”
Ann’s mobile studio means she can be in New York, as far as listeners are concerned, and be here in Florida at the same time.
“I can do it from my house in Florida; the rest of the time, I am on remote, covering tournaments,” says Ann, who racks up a ton of air miles along the way. She loves the flexibility of being her own boss, broadcasting from wherever she may be that week.
She appreciates the tools that give her more time to do what she loves but still spend time in Alaqua Lakes. Ann goes for a run every morning, plays golf at The Legacy Club and at Heathrow Country Club, swims regularly, and rides her bike. She loves the wildlife around the area, especially deer.
“Everything is so close,” Ann says. “To eat, shop, work, and play, we try not to go past International Parkway, if we can help it.”
A Determined Drive
A longtime athlete and broadcasting trailblazer, Ann was an original on The Golf Channel, with a prime-time weekly series that ran for six years. Her Sports Innerview series, which she produced, owned, hosted, and distributed, aired on sports cable networks for 17 years.
As a golf and tennis correspondent for WFAN and the CBS Sports Radio Network, Ann has covered events like the Masters Tournament, the U.S. Open, and the Ryder Cup.
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