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Royals Broadcasters

Denny Matthews, Announcer
Denny Matthews

Denny Matthews is in his 49th season behind the microphone, calling Royals games since the club's inception in 1969. The 2007 Ford C. Frick Award winner was honored during the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies in Cooperstown on July 29, 2007. He became a member of the Royals' Hall of Fame in 2004 and has broadcast exclusively for the same team, without interruption, in six different decades.

In 2015, Matthews signed a four-year agreement to stay with the Royals through the 2018 season, which would be his 50th in the Kansas City broadcast booth. He will become the third broadcaster to reach 50 seasons with the same Major League club, joining Vin Scully (Brooklyn/Los Angeles, 67) and Jaime Jarrin (Los Angeles, 56).

Matthews has seen more Royals games than anyone else during his 48 years with Kansas City. He was chosen from more than 300 applicants for the No. 2 announcer position alongside the late Buddy Blattner prior to the Royals initial season in 1969, before taking over the No. 1 job following the 1975 season. He teamed with Fred White on the Royals Radio Network from 1974-98 before Ryan Lefebvre joined him in the booth in 1999 through 2007. Bob Davis, Steve Stewart and Steve Physioc have served as Denny's partners since the beginning of the 2008 season.

The veteran broadcaster has lent his play-by-play skills to the CBS Radio Network during portions of the regular season and during the 1982 and 1985 World Series. He worked with Hall of Famer Ernie Harwell, calling the CBS broadcast of the 1982 ALCS between the California Angels and Milwaukee Brewers.

Matthews is active in the Kansas City community and dedicates his time and resources to several area charities, including the SAFE program, a charity that supports families of fallen policemen, firemen and emergency workers, as well as Operation Lifesaver, a railroad crossing safety and awareness program. He is also the author the two books: the 2004, "Tales from the Royals Dugout", and the 2009 "Hi, Anybody" and co-author of the 1999 book "Play by Play-25 Years of Royals on Radio." He's also a 2005 inductee into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

Matthews graduated from Central Catholic High School in Bloomington, Ill., and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in August, 2001. He is a 1966 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan where he lettered in football and baseball for three years and finished eighth in the nation (NAIA) in pass receiving in 1965. This past October, he received a "Distinguished Alumnus" honor from IWU.

Prior to joining the Royals, Matthews worked for WMBD-TV and radio and KMOX-TV. His brother, Mike, is the radio analyst for Illinois State University basketball.

Matthews, an avid collector of sports publications, enjoys playing golf and hockey. He resides in Leawood, Kan.

Steve Physioc, Announcer
Steve Physioc

Steve Physioc returns for his sixth season with the Royals and will serve both as a voice on the Royals Radio Network and as a play-by-play broadcaster for 40 regular-season games on FOX Sports Kansas City. Physioc was awarded a Mid-America Emmy in 2013 for his outstanding work on Royals' broadcasts.

Physioc previously worked 14 seasons for the Los Angeles Angels from 1996-2009 as the television play-by-play voice on FOX Sports West and KCOP. In addition to his television duties, Physioc also worked on the Angels' radio broadcasts on AM 830.

Physioc previously worked 14 seasons for the Los Angeles Angels from 1996-2009 as the television play-by-play voice on FOX Sports West and KCOP. In addition to his television duties, Physioc also worked on the Angels' radio broadcasts on AM 830.

A graduate of Kansas State University in 1977, he was the voice of Wildcats football and basketball from 1979-82. During that time, he also served as a sports anchor for WIBW-TV in Topeka, Kan., from 1979-83. His sports anchor career continued at WLWT-TV in Cincinnati from 1983-87 and KTUV-TV in Oakland, Calif., from 1987-89.

Physioc began his Major League play-by-play announcing career in 1983, broadcasting Cincinnati Bengals football and Cincinnati Reds baseball through the 1986 season. He then moved to San Francisco where he worked as a Giants announcer in 1987 and 1988. Physioc moved from the Giants to ESPN in 1989, where he broadcast Major League Baseball, college basketball, baseball and Big Ten football. In 1995, he worked for the San Diego Padres and Pac-10 football for FOX Sports West.

Physioc also broadcast both on television and radio for Fresno State University (1992-95), Stanford University (1992-95), the NBA's Golden State Warriors (1989-91) and the Vancouver Grizzlies in their inaugural season of 1995-96. He has also called college football and basketball games for Fox Sports and the Big Ten Network during his time in Kansas City.

Physioc and his wife, Stacey, are involved in numerous non-profit organizations such as Operation Smile, the Sierra Club, Friends of the Arboretum, Disciplers International and the Fred White Scholarship Fund at Kansas State. The couple has a daughter, Ryan, a son, Kevin and three grandchildren.

Steve Stewart, Announcer
Steve Stewart

Royals Radio broadcaster Steve Stewart is in his 10th season with the club, his 18th broadcasting Major League Baseball and 26th overall as a baseball announcer. Stewart does play-by-play on the Royals radio broadcasts and also hosts the pre- and post-game coverage.

Prior to joining Kansas City, Stewart spent the previous four years with the Cincinnati Reds' broadcast team, from 2004-06 on WLW radio, and in 2007 on TV as a pre-game host and fill-in play-by-play announcer for FOX Sports Ohio.

From 2000-03, he filled in on Baltimore Orioles broadcasts on WBAL, where he was a sports anchor on both WBAL radio and TV. In 2002 he called several St. Louis Cardinals games on KMOX. Stewart previously broadcast in the minor leagues for the Calgary Cannons and Richmond Braves, as well as at the collegiate level calling University of South Carolina baseball.

A St. Louis native, Stewart began his broadcasting career as a student at Southern Methodist University, where he broadcast football and basketball. He has called college basketball games for several schools, including the University of Richmond, as well as South Carolina, Maryland, Cincinnati (football and basketball) and Xavier. He spent seven years in TV news and sports. Stewart has an 18-year old son, John, and resides in Overland Park, Kan.

Don Free, Manager-Radio Network Operations
Don Free

Don Free is in his 32nd year as the producer/engineer of the Royals radio broadcasts, his 13th season as Manager-Radio Network Operations. He has announced that this will be his final season with the Royals, retiring after 50 years in broadcasting. Free previously worked for Stauffer-Morris for 31 years, spending the first 18 years at WIBW-TV in Topeka, before moving to the radio network.

He has also worked for Kansas State Radio Network the past few years, assisting with the first Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in 2010, the 2012 Cotton Bowl and 2013 Fiesta Bowl.

Free resides in Topeka, Kan., with his wife, Sandy. The couple has two daughters, Kristin and Jennifer, two grandsons, Zane and Jaxson, and two granddaughters, Taylor and Jordan.

Ryan Lefebvre, Announcer
Ryan Lefebvre

Ryan Lefebvre is in his 19th season as a Royals broadcaster and his 23rd season in the Major Leagues. A 2016 Mid-America Emmy Award winner, Lefebvre will work 122 regular-season games in the television booth in 2017, joining partner Rex Hudler on FOX Sports Kansas City. He will also broadcast games on the Royals Radio Network when he is not in the television booth.

Before joining the Royals prior to the 1999 season, he spent four seasons as a broadcaster for the Minnesota Twins. He was hired by Minnesota at the age of 24, one year after graduating from college. He worked both television and radio for the Twins and broadcast University of Minnesota football, hockey and volleyball.

The Los Angeles native graduated from Loyola High School in 1989 and began his broadcasting career as a freshman at the University of Minnesota at KUOM radio. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1994 where he was a three-time All-Big Ten selection in baseball and established school records for hits, triples and at-bats. He was selected in the 27th round of the 1993 First-Year Player Draft by the Cleveland Indians.

Lefebvre is the son of former big league player and manager Jim Lefebvre. Actively involved in a number of Kansas City community activities, Lefebvre is the founder of Gloves For Kids and the Footprints Foundation, which raises money for youth programs in Kansas and Missouri. In 2011, Lefebvre was the recipient of the John J. "Buck" O'Neil MVP Award for his commitment to youth in Kansas City. He was also named the 2006 Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City Role Model of the Year.

In 2015, Lefebvre was also named the recipient of the Johnson County NAACP Diversity in Sports Award. He was also named one of the "Most Influential People" in the state of Kansas in 2014.

Lefebvre and his wife, Sarah, reside in Greenwood, Mo., with their sons: Micah, Evan and Lucas and daughter, Callie.

Rex Hudler, Announcer
Rex Hudler

Rex Hudler is in his sixth season with the Royals' broadcast team as an analyst on FOX Sports Kansas City. Hudler worked in the same capacity alongside fellow Royals announcer, Steve Physioc, broadcasting the Los Angeles Angels for 11 seasons from 1999-2009.

A veteran with over 35 years of baseball experience, including 21 as a player with the New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Cardinals, California Angels, Philadelphia Phillies and the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, Hudler quickly became a fan favorite at all of his stops. Over 1,083 career big league games, Hudler, nicknamed "Wonder Dog", was a .261 career hitter with 56 home runs and 169 RBI.

Born in Tempe, Ariz., and a 1978 graduate of Bullard High School in Fresno, Calif., Hudler was a 1999 inductee into the Fresno Sports Hall of Fame. He excelled in all sports in high school, receiving 25 football scholarship offers before signing a letter of intent to play at Notre Dame. He chose baseball after being selected as the 18th overall pick by the Yankees in 1978.

Hudler is an award-winning broadcaster who began his announcing career as a special consultant for "Good Morning America" during the 1997 playoffs and 1998 Super Bowl. He is a four-time winner (2003, '05, '07, '09) of the Television Color Analyst of the Year by the Southern California Sports Broadcasters. Hudler won an Emmy in 2004 for "Angels in the Infield" and has loaned his voice to several baseball video games.

He is an active motivational speaker and he and his wife, Jennifer, founded "Team Up for Down Syndrome." The Hudlers have been awarded several honors for their community service.

He and his wife have four children: Alyssa, Cade, William and David.

Joel Goldberg, Announcer
Joel Goldberg

Joel Goldberg is in his 10th season as part of the Royals' broadcast team and 10th as the host of the "Royals Live" pre-game and postgame shows. Goldberg serves as a reporter throughout FOX Sports' Kansas City's game coverage. During this past offseason, he served as a hockey play-by-play announcer for the ECHL's Missouri Mavericks and also as an analyst on UMKC men's basketball television broadcasts.

Goldberg came to Kansas City and FSKC's Royals broadcast team after three years covering the St. Louis Cardinals, Blues, Rams and other sports for FOX Sports Midwest in St. Louis. He started at FSN Midwest in January, 2005, after more than six years as a reporter and anchor at KTVI, the FOX broadcasting affiliate in St. Louis.

Goldberg won a Mid-America Emmy for sports reporting in 2001. He also worked as a reporter for the NBC affiliates in Rhinelander, Wis. and Madison, Wis., from 1994-99.

Goldberg, who was born in Philadelphia before moving to the Chicago area prior to high school, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. His wife, Susan, is a native of Overland Park, Kan. The couple has a son, Mason, and a daughter, Elliana.

Jeff Montgomery, Announcer
Jeff Montgomery

Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Jeff Montgomery is in his eighth season contributing to Royals broadcasts on FOX Sports Kansas City, serving as a co-host on "Royals Live" pre-game and postgame shows. "Monty" also offers analysis in the broadcast booth during select games on FSKC.

He spent 12 of his 13 big league seasons with the Royals and is the club's all-time saves leader with 304. The three-time All-Star (1992, 1993, 1996) was the Rolaids A.L. Reliever of the Year in 1993, finishing tied for the league lead with 45 saves, matching a club record at that time. He also holds the club record for career appearances (686) and ranked ninth on MLB's all-time saves list at the time of his retirement.

Montgomery also serves as the Vice President of Union Broadcasting, Inc. in Kansas City and also contributes to MLB Network shows and broadcasts. He and his wife, Tina, have two daughters, Ashleigh and Kathryn and two sons, Connor and Spencer.

Jose Muñoz, Announcer
Jose Munoz

Jose Ramon Muñoz returns for his second season as the play-by-play announcer for 20 Royals games broadcast this season in Spanish on KYYS-1250 AM. Muñoz previously had been the Spanish-language play-by-play broadcaster for the Royals' Triple-A affiliate, Omaha, for 13 seasons.

Muñoz is a longtime Spanish broadcaster who helped to launch Nebraska's first-ever Spanish station in 2000, 1420 La Zeta!. He also built the first local Spanish FM Radio Station, Radio Lobo 97.7 FM. While working as on-air talent and Music Director, he has received recognition and awards for his contributions to the industry including the NBA's Crystal Award for Community Service and he was elected Media Representative from the Midwest Region for Spanish Media from the United States, Canada and Spain.

In 2007, he moved to NRG Media, where he currently works as Program Director and On-Air Personality on La Nueva 1020 AM in Omaha.

Muñoz has 16 years of experience as a radio programmer, on-air talent and sports broadcaster. Along with his time calling Storm Chasers' games, he has also served as a soccer play-by-play announcer for the University of Creighton and the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

He began his career in Fullerton, Calif., serving as a Spanish language broadcaster for the Cal State-Fullerton baseball team while he was a student.

A native of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, Muñoz resides in Omaha, Neb., with his wife Yesenia. The couple has three daughters: Ariana, Camila and Jimena.