Entering his 41st year behind the mic as a Major League Baseball broadcaster for his hometown team calling play-by-play on WTMJ-Radio and the Brewers Radio Network, Bob Uecker will celebrate his 56th year in professional baseball in 2011.
Uecker earned the 2003 Ford C. Frick Award and will forever be recognized in Baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. On July 27, 2003, he made one of the most memorable speeches in Hall of Fame induction history as he left his audience, including former President George H. Bush, in tears from laughter. Also in 2003, he became a member of the Brewers Walk of Fame, located near home plate outside of Miller Park. He is one of only 16 people who has received this special honor entering 2011.
Known across the country as "Mr. Baseball," Uecker has completed 30 seasons as the team's number one announcer. Uecker is highly respected in the industry, having been inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2001, where he joined such baseball broadcasting luminaries as Vin Scully, Mel Allen, Red Barber, Ernie Harwell and Jack Brickhouse, as well as other American icons such as Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Edward R. Murrow and Orson Welles. In May 2011, he will also be inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame.
Uecker has been named Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year five times during his career and was inducted into the Wisconsin Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.
His big break can be traced to a 1969 visit with Al Hirt, a renowned jazz trumpeter from New Orleans, which would alter Uecker's life forever. Hirt opened a small nightclub in Atlanta and asked Uecker to come on stage. Hirt was so impressed, he arranged an appearance for Uecker on the "Tonight Show," starring Johnny Carson. Uecker became one of Carson's favorite guests, making some 100 appearances before Carson retired in 1992. He also made appearances on the Mike Douglas and Merv Griffin shows, Late Night with David Letterman and as a guest host on Saturday Night Live.
Uecker became a national celebrity and the ABC Network took advantage of his popularity. He made appearances on "The Superstars" and "The Midnight Special," which opened the door for more high-profile appearances.
A versatile talent, Uecker's credits go far beyond guest appearances and play-by-play. In 1985, he launched a television acting career as one of the stars of ABC's sitcom "Mr. Belvedere," which put 122 episodes into syndication. He also hosted two syndicated television shows, "Bob Uecker's Wacky World of Sports" and "Bob Uecker's War of the Stars."
Uecker was one of the Miller Lite All-Stars in popular commercials for Lite Beer from Miller during the 1980s. He was also cast as a radio announcer in the movie "Major League," which was filmed at County Stadium, and the sequel, "Major League II." Uecker even made appearances in the professional wrestling circuit as he served as a host at Wrestemania III and Wrestlemania IV, earning him a spot in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2010.
Uecker's experience broadcasting Brewers games both on radio and television gained him national recognition as he went on to serve as play-by-play announcer for ABC Sports coverage of Monday Night Baseball, the League Championship Series and the World Series.
Uecker's accomplishments are not limited to the electronic medium. A former catcher who spent six seasons in the Major Leagues, Bob authored a book entitled "Catcher in the Wry," a humorous look back on the years he spent with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies. One of his career highlights as a player came in 1964, when he was a member of the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals.
Despite his national attention and success, Bob never forgot his roots. His philanthropic efforts benefit several local organizations, including the United Performing Arts Fund, the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer Fund, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. In addition, Uecker is an advocate for organizations that battle cystic fibrosis and heart disease, is involved with the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
For his efforts, Uecker was inducted into the Wisconsin Performing Artists Hall of Fame in 1993. The Hall of Fame was established in 1983 to honor nationally and internationally known performing artists with Wisconsin ties. In 1994, he was elected to the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. In January 1995, he earned the "Big B.A.T." Award from the Baseball Assistance Team at a dinner in New York City for his continuing support of former Major League stars who are in need of assistance.
Joe Block, 34, comes to the Brewers for his first year on the radio broadcast team with more than 10 years of broadcasting experience.
He has called the action for more than 900 professional baseball games, including the Jacksonville Suns (2003-2006), Great Falls White Sox (2007) and Billings Mustangs (2010), among others. He also handled play-by-play for select games during the Expos final two seasons in Montreal (2003-04).
Recently, Block served as post-game show host on radio for the Los Angeles Dodgers on KABC-AM (2011) and was radio studio host for the NBA's New Orleans Hornets (2007-2011). He has also handled play-by-play for major college basketball and football for various regional networks over the past 10 years.
A native of Roseville, Michigan and a 1999 graduate of Michigan State University, Block and his wife, Bethany, reside on Milwaukee's East Side.
Kent Sommerfeld is in his 26th season as the producer of Milwaukee Brewers radio broadcasts. A Wisconsin native, he has acquired a wide range of experience during his tenure in the broadcasting field.
Sommerfeld has been the radio producer/director for the Marquette University radio network since 1990 and periodically fills in doing men's basketball play-by-play. He was named director of the Marquette basketball radio network in 1999 and does play-by-play for the Marquette University women's basketball radio broadcasts.
Sommerfeld attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he earned a degree in communications and broadcast journalism. While at Whitewater, Sommerfeld was the sports director of Cable TV-6, a wing of Whitewater's cable system, as well as the co-host of "Sports Chat," a sports talk show on WSUW-Radio.
In addition to his radio accolades, Sommerfeld has worked with ESPN's technical staff on several events in the midwest. He also worked at KRBC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Abilene, Texas, as a sports/news photojournalist.
Born in Milwaukee, Sommerfeld attended Brookfield Central High School. Kent and his wife, Karen, reside in New Berlin with their family, Peter, Luke and Donovan.
Brian Anderson was named Brewers play-by-play announcer on January 10, 2007. Anderson begins his fifth season as a Major League broadcaster.
For the past three seasons, he has been tabbed by TBS to do play-by-play for the network's coverage of the MLB playoffs. As a part of his duties in 2010, Anderson called the historic no-hitter thrown by Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 1 of the NLDS vs. Cincinnati.
In 2010, Anderson added TBS Sunday Game of the Week broadcasts to his resumé. He will continue to call selected Sunday national games in 2011. As a part of his work on the 2007 Brewers Preview Show, Anderson and the FS Wisconsin team were awarded a regional Emmy Award. In addition to baseball, Anderson also does NCAA basketball play-by-play for the Big Ten Network.
Anderson joined the Brewers from Golf Channel, where he worked as a play-by-play announcer from 2003-06. In his role there, he served as a host for a variety of the network's events, including the PGA and Nationwide Tours. Anderson also worked at Fox Sports Southwest, calling NCAA college basketball from 2002-07, and serving as a sideline reporter for the San Antonio Spurs from 1999-07, where he saw the Spurs win three NBA Championships.
From 1998-2000, Anderson handled Minor League and Little League Baseball telecasts for ESPN. He received his start in baseball with the San Antonio Missions, the Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, serving as a radio/television play-by-play announcer from 1994-2003.
Anderson played catcher on the nationally-ranked baseball team at St. Mary's University (Texas) and graduated Cum Laude from the school in 1993 with a degree in English-communications. His brother, Mike, had a stint in the majors as a pitcher with the Cincinnati Reds (1993) and is currently a Major League scout in the Texas Rangers organization.
Brian and his wife, Michele, and daughter, Maddy, live in Hartland, Wisconsin.
Bill Schroeder returns for his 17th season as color commentator on Brewers telecasts.
Popular with the fans, Schroeder began his career behind the mic as the Brewers' color man after a distinguished playing career. He is familiar with the business of talking baseball, co-hosting "Baseball Sunday" in 1994 and "Talkin' Brewers" on WTMJ-Radio from 1998-2000. As a part of his work on the 2007 Brewers Preview Show, Schroeder and the FS Wisconsin team were awarded a regional Emmy Award.
For the past eight winters, Schroeder has served as the coordinator of Brewers Fantasy Camp. The camp is always a hit, selling out each year at the Brewers' spring training home in Maryvale, Arizona.
Schroeder spent eight seasons in the big leagues with the Brewers and California Angels, posting a career-best .332 batting average in 1987. He caught Juan Nieves' no-hitter on April 15, 1987 at Baltimore in the midst of the team's Major League record-tying 13-0 start. In addition, he clubbed a career-high 14 home runs and had 42 RBI in a backup role that season. Schroeder was traded to the California Angels following the 1988 campaign before retiring in 1990.
An active member in the community, Schroeder won the Athletes for Youth Good Guy Award in 1988.
Born in Baltimore and raised in Princeton, New Jersey, Schroeder graduated from West Windsor Plainsboro High School, where he earned All-State honors his junior and senior years. He attended Clemson University, leading the Tigers to the Atlantic Coast Conference title in 1978 and 1979.
"Rock" and his wife, Kate, reside in Muskego, Wisconsin. He has two daughters, Lindsey and Mallory, and a son Billy. The couple also has a miniature dachshund named Otis.
Craig Coshun begins his 11th season covering the Brewers as a pre-game host and sideline reporter for selected games on FS Wisconsin. Coshun has also filled in as the play-by-play announcer during his time with the team. Following the baseball season, he performs the same duties for the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks.
Coshun is a veteran sportscaster in the state, calling several events for the University of Wisconsin, the Big Ten Network and the ESPN family of networks. He has also handled the WIAA state high school football championships and is a feature writer for Inside Wisconsin Sports Magazine.
As a part of his work on the 2007 Brewers Preview Show, Coshun and the FS Wisconsin team were awarded a regional Emmy Award.
Coshun has worked at NBC affiliates in Eau Claire (WEAU) and Madison (WMTV) and was the sports director at WMTV from 1992-2000. He is a graduate of UW-Whitewater.
Dave Nelson enters his fifth season as an analyst for FS Wisconsin broadcasts. He also serves as Brewers Director of Alumni Relations and leads the team's Speakers Bureau. In his front office role, Nelson maintains a database of former Brewers players as well as organizes events for Brewers alumni.
Prior to his current role, Nelson served as Brewers first-base coach from 2003-06. In 2001 and 2002, he was a minor-league outfield instructor. Nelson began his Major League coaching career in 1981 with Chicago-AL and later spent time coaching in Cleveland, Oakland and Montreal. In 1980, he was on the coaching staff at Texas Christian University.
Nelson enjoyed a 10-year Major League playing career from 1968-77. The former outfielder played for Cleveland, Washington, Texas and Kansas City. He was named to the American League All-Star team in 1973.
Born in Fort Still, Oklahoma, Nelson went on to graduate from Junipero Serra High School in California. He attended Compton Junior College for one year and Los Angeles State College for two years. Nelson also served in the Army Reserve for six years. He currently splits time between Bradenton, Florida and Milwaukee.
Telly Hughes enters his third season as an on-field reporter for Milwaukee Brewers telecasts on FS Wisconsin. Hughes, a former college pitcher, played at Illinois State University, where he majored in mass communication and broadcast journalism. Upon graduation, Hughes started building his reputation in the world of sports broadcasting. He began his career as a teleprompter operator for a morning show in St. Louis where he shadowed sports reporters at the station.
Hughes was later hired as a weekend sports reporter for WMAZ in Macon, Georgia. He continued to gain experience in front of the camera and eventually moved to Des Moines, Iowa to work for NBC affiliate, WHO. Hughes returned home to St. Louis to work for KPLR before making his way to FOX Sports North in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He spent a year at FOX Sports North, covering the Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Wild.
Hughes made the transition to FOX Sports Wisconsin in February 2009. Over the last two years, he has worked as a reporter and host for FOX Sports Wisconsin, covering the regional network's pre-game, sideline, and post-game coverage for the Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks.
A native of East St. Louis, Illinois, Hughes resides in Milwaukee with his family.
Molina continued his broadcast career after relocating to Chicago. From 1982-93, he worked for WOPA radio and WOJO radio in the news departments and as a morning DJ. In Chicago, he served as a play-by-play announcer for the Bears (1987-88), Cubs (1987-88), White Sox (1992-99) and Bulls (1992-99).
Molina worked for ESPN from 1998-2000, covering the baseball playoffs and the 1998 World Series. In 2005, he once again covered the baseball playoffs and the World Series, this time for Univision Radio. Most recently, Molina covered the Chicago Bears preseason for Telemundo Chicago and continues to cover the Milwaukee Brewers for Telemundo Wisconsin.
Molina is a 1977 graduate of Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, where he earned a degree in social sciences. He did post-graduate work at Governor's State University in University Park, Ill.
Molina served in Vietnam from 1966-69 with the Army, and then again in 1973 with the Navy. Chicago is home to Molina and his wife, Enid, their four children, and three grandchildren.
Born in the Dominican Republic to a single mother, his passion for sports became evident very early in life. At the age of seven he would turn the TV volume down and add his own version of the play-by-play action. One day while sitting in a park, Andy was calling an imaginary game not realizing that the owner of a well-known radio network was sitting close by. The white haired man approached Andy asking him to read an excerpt from a newspaper. Curious about his intentions Andy read it, completing his first job interview. From there on, his passion for sports and dedication to learning made the transition into sports broadcasting natural.
In 2001, Andy enlisted in the U.S. Army, later receiving honorable discharge in 2009. Today, Andy is the proud father to a four year old boy, Fabrizio and husband to a beautiful lady, Jessica and believes "life cannot be any better." Andy Olivares is very excited about the team's chances for the upcoming season mostly due to the revitalized starting pitching rotation. "I believe I will be calling a World Series game with the Brewers becoming champions in the not very distant future."