Here’s the Pitch: Meet Josh Pacheco

Josh Pacheco remembers his very first opportunity to call a collegiate game. It was a University of Hawaii-Hilo women’s volleyball match, and the 18-year-old, wide-eyed student stepped up to his broadcast position ready to show the radio world what he could do.

There was just one slight problem.

“I forgot my headphones,” he says. “I remember getting there and realizing that I forgot them. [Announcer] John Burnett made fun of me. I tell you what, though: I never forgot my headphones again!”

Now 32, Pacheco has come a long way from that shaky debut. The Hilo native (Saint Joseph School, Class of 2005) is about to begin his first full season as the new radio voice for University of Hawaii baseball. The Rainbow Warriors open the season against Portland on Friday, Feb. 15 at Les Murakami Stadium.

ESPN 1420 recently sat down with Pacheco, who doubles as the station’s Assistant Program Director, for the following interview.

ESPN 1420: Did you always want to be a play-by-play announcer?

PACHECO: When I was young, I actually had a couple of interests. At first, I thought I would be a television weatherman. In the fourth grade, I wanted to give the weather report to the class. I’d have a [weather] map on the wall next to the chalkboard. If I did well in class, at the end of the I’d be allowed to give the weather report. Weirdest thing ever!

I also liked sportscasting. I watched a lot of sports when I was younger. I didn’t watch a ton of other stuff. I’d play video games and do play-by-play in my head. It just always stuck with me. As I got older, I couldn’t think of anything else I wanted to do. My Dad fixes heavy-duty trucks like Peterbilts and Kenworths, and I didn’t want to do that. I just loved the idea of sportscasting, and getting the opportunity in college really enhanced my passion for it.

ESPN 1420: Growing up, did you have a favorite sports announcer?

PACHECO: By far, it was Jon Miller. He still does the [San Francisco] Giants games, and he did the Sunday Night games on ESPN television for a long time. I loved his delivery. I remember my Dad would make me wash his truck, and instead of listening to music while doing the washing, I would listen to Giants games. Jon’s delivery was well paced, and he told genuinely good stories. You always knew what was happening, and you could tell how passionate he was about what he was calling. That always stuck with me, and because of that I always wanted to model myself after him. I’m not a Jon Miller, obviously, but the principles he has – describing the action and taking the time to really set up a scene – still resonate with me. He was the guy that I paid attention to and studied.

ESPN 1420: How did you broadcast career get started?

PACHECO: UH-Hilo had a student radio station, and I did some shows there when I was a senior in high school. The adviser there was John Burnett, who did play by play for the Vulcans as well as high school games. Out of the blue, I asked him, “Have you tried having college broadcasters do play by play as a training ground?” They hadn’t, but they set up a second stream so we could try it out. I did some volleyball and basketball, and that was my start.

ESPN 1420: You attended UH-Hilo for a while.

PACHECO: I went there for a couple of semesters, and then I got a full-time offer at Pacific Media Group. They had some music stations as well as the ESPN radio affiliate for the Big Island. I started out as a board operator and did some music shifts, and then, when I was 21, I became their Program Director.

ESPN 1420: You moved to Honolulu and joined ESPN 1420 in the fall of 2017. And now, less than two years later, you’re the new voice of Rainbow Warrior baseball. Do you feel any pressure following local broadcast legends like Don Robbs and Jim Leahey?

PACHECO: Oh, yeah. There’s always going to be pressure because I’m always going to be judged based on what they did. But I’ll say it right now: I cannot fill Jim’s shoes, and I cannot fill Don’s shoes. The level of excellence that they established is incredible.

But although I can’t fill their shoes, my intention is to continue the excellence that they left. Obviously, I’m going to do it in my own style, but I still aim to paint the picture, convey what’s happening that the listeners can’t see; and getting people to appreciate what Hawaii baseball is. If we can present the broadcast in a way that makes people enjoy listening to the game and appreciate the product that the University of Hawaii is putting out, then I’ll feel like I’ve done my job. I think working with Jim for 15 games last season really helped me to prepare for this. So I just want to continue the standard that he and Don set, and do things the right way.

One of the SIDs at UH pointed out to me, “Think of it this way. Yes, it’s college baseball. But UH is not your average college baseball team. This is Hawaii’s major league team.” I take that to heart, and it’s a real blessing to be able to do this.

ESPN 1420: Who will you be working with?

PACHECO: Scott Robbs will be my partner for most of the season. I know he’s got his television duties as well. Harrison Kuroda is going to step in for a few games; he’ll be with me for the first three games of the Portland series. I’m really looking forward to working with Scott. He’s a good friend of mine, and he’s been incredibly encouraging to me. He has so much energy and is as fun as they come.

ESPN 1420: The first pitch of the 2019 season is just days away. Are you nervous at all?

PACHECO: Trust me, I’m nervous! Prepping for each game is actually the fun part. The real nervousness comes when the microphone turns on at 6:05 on a Friday night. But that’s okay. I always believe that it’s fine to be nervous because that means you care. If I ever walk in with the casual attitude of “Eh, I got this,” then fire me. The day I just phone it in is the day you may as well look for my replacement. I’m going to be critiquing myself throughout the season because I want to be the best University of Hawaii baseball announcer that I can possibly be.

ESPN 1420: Last question: Tell us something about yourself that most of our listeners may not know.

PACHECO: I used to play percussion in the Hawaii County Band, which is kind of similar to the Royal Hawaiian Band, except it’s part time. I started as a volunteer when I was a sophomore in high school, and I became a paid member going into my senior year. I did it for 12 or 13 years. I miss it every once in a while. In my senior year, I also did a gig in a rock band. They needed a drummer and I helped out. We played Green Day and the Ramones. I lasted just that one gig, and then I left.

I haven’t actually touched the drumsticks since I got here. I’m probably really rusty!

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Anthony Pacheco Wants to Make it Easier For Immigrant Communities to Participate in Democracy – MTV

By Emma Sarran Webster

Anthony Pacheco didn’t always want to pursue a career in politics or social justice — until a woman named Brenda Lopez knocked on his door. He was a student at Georgia State University at the time, and Lopez was running for a seat in the Georgia General Assembly. She wanted Pacheco’s vote and support as a volunteer.

“[She] was a woman, she was Latinx, she was a small business owner, and [she was] an attorney,” Pacheco, a 27-year-old recipient of the 2019 MTV Leaders for Change grant, tells MTV News. “And in my neighborhood, we’ve never seen anybody like that come out and reach out to us and ask for their vote or to be civically engaged.”

It worked: He eventually joined her campaign, and she eventually became the first Latinx state legislator in Georgia. “I thought [it] was really, really interesting that I could help influence or change the status quo in terms of getting more people elected who are traditionally not seen as elected officials,” Pacheco says.

Today, both Lopez and Pacheco champion immigration and voting rights — she as a lawmaker, and he as the Civic Engagement Coordinator for Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta, a title he’s held since spring 2018. In his role, Pacheco (whose parents immigrated from Oaxaca, Mexico) helps people in immigrant communities become actively engaged in democracy and fights for voting access and against anti-immigrant legislation. He details to MTV News what that work entails, the voting-rights roadblocks facing Asian Americans, and what gives him hope.

MTV News: What does your work with Asian Americans Advancing Justice entail? 

Anthony Pacheco: In a nutshell, we help to protect the human and civil rights of Asian Americans … and we do that through advocacy at the state capitol. We have people that work on legislation to try to make things work in a way that makes policy more friendly for immigrants… We have a whole legal department that’s dedicated to getting people out of detention centers. There are attorneys that serve people [and] give them general immigration help, and it’s completely free.

I am with the civic engagement and organizing department, [and] we do a variety of things. My job really is to focus on the electoral side of that social justice movement, making sure voters understand what an election is and who’s running for that election [and] helping them to get more involved in the local, state, and federal politics. On the organizing side, we help to mobilize people to fight against any kind of oppression that they’re seeing in terms of immigrant rights.

MTV News: What are the biggest roadblocks facing Asian Americans when it comes to voting rights and civic engagement? 

Pacheco: The biggest one is probably language access because a lot of people who go to the polls, their primary language is not English… As an organization, we help to curb that by providing a lot of in-language literature, political education, and voting rights education to these people so that they are more willing to go to the polls. [Another] big roadblock, particularly for Asian Americans, is that people do not trust in the electoral side of things in their government because they also come from a lot of countries where their rights are being oppressed; or they come from a lot of totalitarian types of governments where there’s distrust in the government. So we help to [build trust] by providing a lot of in-language things and knocking on people’s doors and making sure they can understand the way our government works here in America, in their language.

MTV News: Your parents are immigrants. How has that influenced your work?

Pacheco: I want to get involved because my family can’t vote because of their immigration status. For me, it’s important to be civically engaged because that helps me give them a voice, even though [it seems like] they don’t have one.

MTV News: You’ve helped to fight anti-immigrant legislation. What does that entail? 

Pacheco: Currently we have a campaign within our organization called ICE Out of Gwinnett County. There’s this program called 287(g) that gives local law enforcement and local police departments [the ability] to act as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. They have the authority to stop somebody, and if they happen to be undocumented, they can transfer them to immigration. We’re working to get Gwinnett County to not participate in that federal program because we’re seeing a lot of people being stopped by the police for very minor traffic offenses — like a broken tail light or a stop sign — and the effects of that are very drastic because families are being separated [and] they’re forced to go to detention centers in south Georgia where it’s known that there are some of the worst conditions. And more than anything, they’re being deported. The local effort is to try to collaborate with our police departments because [the current program] does not reflect the diversity that there is here. We want our communities to feel very safe.

MTV News: How exactly do you fight these kinds of programs and laws? 

Pacheco: We’ve gotten support from pro-immigrant legislators; we have a lot of allies working within the capitol or in local government that are pro-immigrant. We also do a lot of petitions putting pressure on our elected officials to act and not [cause] any harm against our immigrant communities. [And] at the capitol, we have what we call Immigrant Rights Thursdays [where] we bring in people — citizens in our community,  residents, business owners; most of them are Asian American or another type of minority — and they talk to their representatives. We want them to come to the capitol, and we help navigate them through that process of talking to elected officials. Representatives know that people are watching them and keeping them accountable.

MTV News: Does working to create change on such a large scale ever get overwhelming? 

Pacheco: Yeah, it takes a toll, but I’m very much committed to the cause. I’ve experienced that change in my life, from simply getting somebody to knock on my door and asking me for their vote. That change didn’t happen overnight, but I feel like my role as a participant helped. So even though it seems very hard at a larger scale, my goal is to help engage other people to feel that same way. The more people that we’re able to get, the better change we can see — even if it’s minimal or it’s not as fast as we would like it to be. But change does happen. I feel like this system is not broken; it works in favor of those who participate in it. We just need to get more people — more minorities, more people of color, immigrants — to be participants in that democratic process so we can have more favorable policies in place.

MTV News: What gives you hope? 

Pacheco: Seeing other people who feel like if they get involved, they’re truly going to make a difference. Seeing people engaging [others] and empowering them to exercise their right to vote, or empowering them to be involved if they can’t vote. What gives me hope is seeing other people actually making things happen on their own without us having to intervene, push them, or encourage them. They’re doing it out of their own benefit and for the benefit of their communities.

MTV News: If you could tell readers one concrete step to help your cause, what would it be? 

Pacheco: If you can vote, make sure that you get registered; and if you’re already registered, make sure you exercise your right to do that — not [only] in a presidential election or every two or four years. Make sure you get involved at the local level, too. Vote in this election and every election that’s coming up.

This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.

Leaders for Change is an MTV grant program that invests in young people doing extraordinary work at the local level to advance voting access. From getting polling places on college campuses across Michigan to registering voters in Chicago jails to providing rides to the polls in Georgia, these young leaders are breaking down the barriers that make it hard to vote in their communities. 

‘I Can Still Do That Foundation’ & Tom Pacheco Premiere “Freida’s Secret Garden” – MJ News Network

Shot in Humboldt County, the video uses local talent and filmmakers to promote cannabis legalization

NEW YORK: The , a New York City-based non-profit whose mission is to connect people so they can share information and empower each generation to teach the others, launched “Freida’s Secret Garden “  a pro-pot music video based on a song by legendary Woodstock singer-songwriter Tom Pacheco.

“The time to end irrational prohibition of cannabis is now,’  Dan Schneider, Executive Director of the Foundation, announced. “With 33 States now recognizing the benefits of medical cannabis and another 11 States legalizing recreational cannabis, a majority of Americans are in favor of legalization and the end of the irrational and Draconian laws which have stifled research on the potential benefits of cannabis. These laws have had a disparate impact on people of color and restoration of civil rights to those who have been adversely affected is also required to promote equity. The patchwork of irrational and inconsistent federal and state laws must end and the federal law must allow these now legal business to access the federal banking system to that black market producers of questionable products can be replaced by healthy and tested, legal cannabis and CBD products.”

“We want to thank advisor Lelehnia DuBois and her friends in the Humboldt County for helping us make the new music video,” Schneider said. “You can see the new video here in a sneak peek. Please share it with friends. We are trying to help Tom get the recognition he deserves as a legendary singer/songwriter who has written songs for Bob Dylan, The Band, Jefferson Starship, and others. He has a music publishing catalogue of more than 500 songs; “Freida’s” is just one of many great ones.

Still Do That advisor, Curved Papers Founder Michael O’Malley, said, “This song and video bring together the West Coast and East Coast hippie vibes – from Humboldt County to Woodstock – that have given rise to the contemporary cannabis legalization movement. Call it . The fun, the healing compassion and sensible restoration of marijuana’s rightful place in society are all captured humorously in Tom’s lyric and rocking rhythm.

David Rheins, founder of the Marijuana Business Association and Still Do That Advisor agreed: “Marijuana has gone mainstream, and the mainstream media is now getting hip to the power of the plant and the amazing possibilities that legalization brings.  Through the work of artists and activists like  Tom Pacheco,  we are raising cannabis consciousness, and dispelling the dangerous myths and harmful policies of prohibition.”

Still Do That Advisor Melissa Gibson, founder of Hemp and Humanity said, “This folksy and campy musical send-up to the authentic cannabis lifestyle pays homage to the plant, place and people who have championed it for generations. As marijuana use reaches a tipping point in mainstream acceptance, and the cannabis industry has attracted big business, Tom Pacheco take us back to the root(s) of this plant and its essential spirit of connecting humans with one another. What Frieda and her happy, hippy grandson Paul know, is that cannabis has the power to heal, clothe, feed, house, fuel and sustain human’s ability to live on this earth. And that’s worth singing about.”

Still Do That Advisor Lelehnia DuBois, cannabis community advocate and Sensi Magazine publisher, who co-produced the video and played the title role of Freida added, “I come from a culture of Frieda’s. It felt like she was my own mother. It was an honor to play the role”

According to Schneider, an entertainment lawyer by trade, the Foundation plans to produce a weekly TV news series called, “High Hopes”,  to educate people on the history, legal issues, health issues, science and finance surrounding the booming legal cannabis industry.  “We may even use Tom Pacheco’s song as a theme song for our TV series,” Schneider said. “We are currently looking for partners and sponsors for the series and are particularly interested in pro-cannabis celebrities to help demystify the stigma surrounding cannabis.”

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