About the Show
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What You Get as a Sponsor
Each sponsor gets 12 to 15 30-second spots each month as well as 10-minute, on-air segments through the life of the contract. In addition, Backspin will work with sponsors to help create interactive opportunities and contests with its listeners. Backspin can also schedule live broadcasts (remotes) at sponsors’ businesses and golf courses. At Backspin, we build relationships with all of our sponsors that usually last for a lifetime.
Meet Your Hosts
Bill Huffman has been with Backspin The Golf Show since 1999, the same year he wrote the book “Arizona’s Greatest Golf Courses.” Bill was born in Iowa City, Iowa, graduated from City High School in 1969, and from the University of Iowa in 1973 (Bachelor of General Studies) and 1975 (Masters degree in Journalism).
His first “real” job was covering high school football for the San Antonio Express-News, where he eventually became the assistant sports editor.
From 1977-82 he Colorado Avid Golfer was the copy desk chief/assistant sports editor of the Des Moines Register – The Big Peach. In the fall of 1982 he moved to Arizona as the copy desk chief of the Arizona Republic. In 1985 he became the assistant sports editor. Among his other accomplishments, Huffman served as the national president of the Associated Press Sports Editors Association in 1995, and was a member of the executive committee of the Golf Writers Association of America from 1996-98.
Huffman’s first major golf championship he covered was the 1988 U.S. Open at Brookline near Boston, and he has covered 48 majors and Ryder Cups since, including 20 Masters. He currently writes about in AZ GOLF Insider, the official publication of the Arizona Golf Association. He has three children — Kristen, Sky and Meghan — and seven grandchildren and lives with his wife Wendi Grey Huffman in Tempe with their dogs Lucy, Lucky and Boo Bear. He plays out of Whitefish Lake Golf Club in Montana, his “second home” and favorite place on Earth.
Corey La Russo was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Pacific Palisades. He attended and graduated from Palisades High School and is the son of former NBA All-Star, the late Rudy La Russo (Lakers ’59-‘67, Warriors ’67-‘70, NBA All-Star ‘62, ‘63, ‘65, ‘68, ‘69). Corey has grown up around big-time sports, and also was an outstanding basketball player and golfer.
By the time Corey graduated high school, he had dropped basketball and joined forces with Eric Monti at Hillcrest Country Club to focus on golf his high school career that included three L.A. City Championships and Corey was named to the first All-City team in all three years of competition. Following his senior year, Corey was named to the first team All-State Southern California Section and heavily recruited.
In 1985 Corey accepted an invitation from Wildcats Coach Rick LaRose to play at the University of Arizona. In Tucson, Corey played with Mike Springer, Larry Silveira, Robert Gamez and other great players while studying Media Arts. In 1991, Corey completed school and turned professional touring the world on different tours from ‘91 to ‘94, playing in Canada, South America and Asia as he attempted the PGA Tour Qualifying School three times unsuccessfully.
In 1994 Corey turned his focus to creating BackSpin The Golf Show on KGME 1360, “The Game”. In 1996 Corey fell into the broadcasting world full time as the executive producer of “Femino on Sports” with talk show host Tony Femino. The show was one of the highest-rated programs of it’s time in Phoenix and allowed Corey the opportunity to get up close to players, coaches, and other sports personalities. While working, reporting, and hosting, Corey was given the opportunity to cover the 1997 Super Bowl in Tempe, Arizona, among other events.
In 1999, Corey left the “Femino On Sports” to work for a non-profit organization and return to competitive golf emceeing events and playing on the Western States Tour with a final attempt at PGA Tour Q-School. In 2000 with his father’s health on the decline, Corey dropped his interests in Phoenix to return to Los Angeles. He began partnering with his family interests in the investment banking world and International athlete representation.
Currently Corey co-hosts Backspin and is co-owner in a stable of race horses in California. He lives in Scottsdale.
Corey La Russo
Prior to joining BackSpin The Golf Show, “the Man from Van’s, aka. Rick Levy, had been involved in nearly every aspect of the sport, including, but not limited to, course management, golf course real estate and development, retail, advertising, manufacturing, competition and coaching (his boys).
Growing up in the Northern California town of San Rafael, in Marin County, Rick began his golfing career at an early age playing such spectacular courses as Lake Merced and The Olympic Club in San Francisco. He played competitively as a junior in such tournaments as the 1976 USGA Junior Amateur Championship. He went on to play four years of college golf before graduating from San Diego State University in 1984, earning a degree in recreation management. Following college, Rick enjoyed a fine amateur career highlighted by playing in the 1982 U.S. Amateur and the 1983 British Amateur.
After a short-lived professional career on the former Hogan Tour, as well as competing in tournaments in Europe and South America, Rick was offered a job with The Golf Mart in San Diego in 1984. Rick has built a strong career with the company that has since created the parent company Worldwide Golf. Since then Worldwide Golf has acquired Roger Dunn Golf Shops, Golf Mart and Ed Watts, as well as five Vans Golf Shops in Phoenix and two in Tucson.
Worldwide Golf now owns and operates nearly 90 golf retail stores. Rick has been with the company since they had their first store in 1984 and is now vice president of operations for Van’s Golf Shops. In the fall of 2001, Rick added a new dimension to his golf career when he was asked to join Backspin the Golf Show as a host and partner. It’s been a thrill to be a part of such a dynamic team. Nowadays, Rick’s foursome is rounded out by his wife of 14 years, Natalie, and his sons, Clay and Kenny.
Joe Passov, a.k.a. “Travelin’ Joe,” joined Backspin The Golf Show in 2019. A Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA) and International Network of Golf (ING) award-winning journalist, he has been writing about golf since 1991. Perhaps best known for his popular “Ask Travelin’ Joe” columns, Joe has had more than 2,000 articles published in nearly 100 publications in North America, the U.K. and Asia, including The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, the Los Angeles Times and Men’s Health.
From 2005-2018, Joe served as Managing Editor for Travel and Course Rankings at GOLF Magazine and Golf.com. Prior to that appointment, Joe was Editor-in-Chief of LINKS magazine and was a senior staff editor at three other national magazines. Joe also served on the Golf Digest National Course Ranking Panel from 1987 through 1995. He remains the youngest panelist appointed in Golf Digest’s history. In addition, he was a member of the Golfweek Course Raters team from 2000-2005.