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In Spain's Quarantine, A Former ASU Quarterback Is Performing Balcony Opera Concerts

MARK BRODIE:All right Lauren, I’m sure you have been seeing the videos on Twitter, other places online, of people in Europe that are singing together on their balconies during the coronavirus quarantine.

LAUREN GILGER: Yes, I don’t always know what they’re singing because I don’t speak Italian or Spanish, but it’s really uplifting every time. And it really shows that we can stay connected in some ways right now.

BRODIE: Yes, exactly. So, last week one of those singers was a past Arizona State quarterback.

GILGER: Wait, what? Was it any good? I don’t necessarily think of football players and think of opera singers.

BRODIE: Well in this case, maybe you should. Not only was it good, it was operatic.

GILGER: That is incredible!

BRODIE: So good. So much better than I could do, for sure. So Gus Farwell — he was Jake Plummer’s backup QB in 1996 — now he lives in Spain with his family. He noticed that every night at the same time, people would go out on their balcony and applaud the medical workers and getting so swept up in it, so he decided to share a little of his talent as well.

GILGER: That's right, he’s been posting what he’s calling his balcony concerts every day on Twitterand YouTube with little messages of encouragement for us all to stay safe and healthy.

BRODIE: And so Lauren, if you’ve ever been to an ASU football game, they do have a Opera version the chant “Go Devils” that of course, comes from him!

GILGER: Of course, of course. We can’t all be doctors or nurses, so I guess we have to use our talents to help however we can right now.

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Amanda Luberto was born in California but considers herself a native to the Valley of the Sun. She started as a producer at KJZZ in October 2017, but also interned in the newsroom as a student. She is a proud alumna of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.She has been interested in radio since starting school in 2013. She spent two years as the music director for ASU’s college station, Blaze Radio, and one year as station manager. She spent time as a music programming intern in Washington, D.C., at Sirius XM and as a tech broadcaster for Cronkite News on Arizona PBS. Luberto is dedicated and passionate about quality local storytelling and original content broadcasting.Luberto also spent years as the co-founder and chapter leader of Arizona State University’s chapter of I Am That Girl, an international women’s empowerment organization focused on the collaboration of women and building self-love. She believes in the strength of women supporting women.Her favorite podcast episode is This American Life’s “Fermi’s Paradox,” and she highly suggests you listen to it. Off air, you can find Luberto adding to her list of concerts attended, sipping at a local coffee shop or cheering on the Arizona Coyotes.