An original play-by-play voice of the Nationals, Charlie Slowes joined the Nationals on February 24, 2005. Calling the first pitch in club history and many historic first that season, Slowes' trademark tag lines, "Bang Zoom go the Fireworks," and "A Curly 'W' is in the Books," tag lines after Nationals victories soon became part of the Beltway baseball lexicon. The 2017 season marks Slowes 13th with the Nationals, his 20th consecutive year calling Major League Baseball and 25th overall. He enters the campaign having called 3,118 MLB regular-season and post-season games, including 1,955 with the Nationals. Several moments from the 2005 inaugural season rank in Slowes' top Nationals highlights along with Jayson Werth's memorable walk-off home run to win Game 4 of the 2012 Nationals League Division series. Call Max Scherzer's 20-striekout game, three-no-hitters in just over a calendar year â thrown by Jordan Zimmermann (Sept. 28, 2014) and Scherzer (June 20 & Oct. 3, 2015) and Bryce Harper's three-homer game (May 6, 2015 ) are also among Slowes' career highlights. Baseball's return to the nation's capital also made for a return to the Washington, D.C. area for Slowes, named the radio voice of the Washington Bullets in 1986, at just 25 years of age. Slowes calledÂ Bullets games through 1996-97 season, including two years of radio-TV simulcasts. The elevenâyear run was then a franchise record, eclipsed by his successor and current Washington Wizards' voice Dave Johnson.
Slowes made the switch to Major League Baseball full time, becoming an original voice of the expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1998 and calledÂ their first seven seasons on radio. Slowes had previously called games for the New York Mets (1988 & 1991) on WFAN-AM, the Baltimore Orioles (1989-90) on WBAL-AM, and on the network level for NBC-TV (1989) and CBS Radio (1985). Slowes also called Triple-A baseball for the Tidewater Tides (Norfolk, VA)Â radio and TV in 1986, 1988, 1991 and 1992. Slowes is among the growing list (starting with legendaryÂ Ford Frick Award winner and Hall of Famer Vin Scully) to have entered sports broadcasting after graduating from Fordham University in his native New York City, having also honed his skills on Fordham's 50,000-watt blowtorch, WFUV 90.7 FM.Â Slowes first big career break came not long after graduation, early in 1984 at KMOX Radio in St. Louis, where for three years (1984-86) he was exposed to the likes of broadcasting greats like Bob Costas and the late Jack Buck. Slowes handled a variety of on-air duties that included broadcasts of St. Louis Cardinals Baseball, St. Louis Cardinals Football, St. Louis Blues Hockey and called play-by-play of St. Louis University Basketball.
Now in his third decade as a play-by-play broadcaster, Slowes has also called boxing for ESPN, MISL soccer for the New York Arrows (1983) and college basketball at the University of South Florida. During the Nationals' 2012 NL East Division Championship chase, Slowes joined MLB Network's afternoon show, "The Rundown," and will again report for the TV network in 2017. The Slowes family, with Charlie and his wife, Tina, and sons, Jim (23), and Alex (19), split time between homes in Alexandria, VA and Palm Harbor, FL.
Jageler enters his 12th season with the Nationals after spending the 2005 campaign as the radio and TV voice of the Pawtucket Red Sox of the Triple-A International League. Jageler joined Gary Cohen, Don Orsillo, Dave Flemming and Andy Freed as Pawtucket products who have graduated to the Major Leagues in recent years. Prior to joining Pawtucket, Jageler worked in Boston co-hosting an afternoon talk show and serving in various capacities with the Boston Celtics radio network, including fill in play-by-play. Jageler spent 6 years in Charlotte as the voice of UNC-Charlotte basketball and co-hosting a morning drive talk show. While in Charlotte, he built his baseball resume with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights in the '95, '96 and '01 seasons doing play-by-play. Jageler's voice was also heard in DC, as he served as a host on the Virginia Tech Sports Network during the 1993-94 basketball season. He has also served as the studio host for Westwood One's NHL Game of the Week, the Florida State and Texas Longhorns football networks and has done fill-in play-byplay for both the Seminoles and Longhorns. The Windsor, CT native is a graduate of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where he began his play-by-play career broadcasting Syracuse football and basketball games on WAER and baseball for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs on Time Warner Cable and Empire Sports Network. Dave and his wife, Jennifer, have 2 children, Jared (17) and Sarah (13).
Byron Kerr is in his eleventh season with the Nationals as the host of the weekly Nats Insider show, heard Sundays on 106.7 The Fan, and contributes to Nats Talk Live. 2017 marks his eleventh campaign as a fill-in host for Nats Xtra pregame and post-game shows on MASN, and he writes daily about the Nationals and their prospects for masnsports.com, and periodically travels with the club. Kerr is heard on the Nationals flagship station, 106.7 The Fan anchoring sports updates. He is a regular contributor to Chad Dukes' afternoon drive show on The Fan. Kerr is entering his thirteenth season as the radio and television voice of the George Washington University men's basketball team, heard on the Colonials flagship, Federal News Radio 1500AM, with select games on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, including GW women's basketball. He broadcasted George Mason University basketball from 1994 to 2005. Kerr calls ACC and Big Ten college basketball nationally for ESPN. He has made appearances for Campus Insiders covering the Atlantic 10 conference. Kerr was the voice of the WNBA Washington Mystics for seven seasons, and has called select NBA Washington Wizards games, national college football and basketball games on Westwood One and MLS Soccer for DC United. Kerr was heard locally on Metro Networks Sports on WTOP Radio in D.C. for over a decade and broadcasted sports updates nationally for Westwood One. He is the fill-in P.A. Announcer for the Nationals and was previously the arena announcer for the Washington Bullets and D.C. United. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Kerr and his wife and three children reside in Northern Virginia.
Native Washingtonian Phil Wood has spent his entire career in the D.C.-Baltimore area. Through the years, he's hosted radio sports talk shows in both markets with a decided emphasis on baseball, and has also performed on-air duties on and around broadcasts of the Washington Bullets and Capitals, and the Baltimore Orioles, Colts, and Ravens. He's a past winner of the NSSA Maryland Sportscaster of the Year Award, a Best of Baltimore Award from Baltimore Magazine, and a Best of Washington Award from the Washington City Paper. His book, Nationals on Parade, was published in 2005. Phil hosts Nationals Talk Live, a post-game call-in show on the Nationals Radio Network, and appears regularly on MASN's Mid Atlantic Sports Report. He's the co-host of Nats Talk, now in its fifth season, with former major league lefty Mike Wallace every Saturday morning on MASN, and occasionally fills in for Ray Knight as pre-and-postgame analyst on MASN's Nats Xtra. He's a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Fairfax County, Va., and earned a B.S. in History and English at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN, were he returned to teach during the winter of 2013-14. Phil and his wife Diane Gunther reside in Reisterstown, MD.
Bob Carpenter enters his 10th season with MASN and the Nationals and his 32nd year of MLB play-by-play. He came to Washington in 2006 after 10 years on TV and radio with the St. Louis Cardinals and 16 seasons of MLB on ESPN. During the off-season, Bob handles basketball play-by-play for the University of Oklahoma and Oral Roberts University. The St. Louis native debuted in 1984 with Cardinals baseball on the Sportstime Cable Network, then returned in '95 on KPLR-TV and KMOX Radio. In 2014, he was named DC co-Sportscaster of the Year with Joe Benanati of the Capitals. He has been nominated for 4 St. Louis/Mid-America Emmys, winning twice (1996 and '97), and a National Capital/Chesapeake Bay Emmy in 2008 for his Nationals play-by-play. Carpenter also appeared on TV in the '80s and '90s with Texas, New York (NL) and Minnesota. One of sports broadcasting's busiest announcers, Bob worked MLB, college basketball and college football during 18 seasons of play-by-play with ESPN from 1988-2005. He has broadcast baseball playoffs, Triple-A All-Star Games, NCAA and NIT Basketball Tournaments and College Football bowl games. His studio work included College Gameday and College Football Scoreboard shows. During his tenure with ESPN, Carpenter was paired with former major leaguers Buck Martinez, Joe Morgan, Jim Palmer, Ray Knight, Jerry Reuss, Frank Viola and many others. On the basketball side, he worked with Dick Vitale, Bill Raftery, Larry Conley, Jim Valvano among others. Carpenter announced the 2005 NCAA Basketball Final Four in his hometown of St. Louis for NCAA International TV, one of his 7 NCAA tournaments. Prior to ESPN, Bob handled a variety of sports for USA Network, including college basketball and football, PGA Golf (including The Masters) and professional tennis (including the U.S. Open). Bob announced numerous soccer events at RFK Stadium, starting as the TV voice of Team America in 1983, and also worked several matches during the 1994 World Cup. Carpenter began his broadcasting career in 1976 as baseball play-by-play announcer with the Tulsa Oilers. Carpenter earned a Radio-TV-Film degree with honors from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1975. Bob and Debbie, his wife of 35 years, have 2 daughters, Katie and Allison.
F.P. Santangelo returns for his 5th season broadcasting Nationals games on MASN, working alongside play-by-play veteran Bob Carpenter. Prior to joining MASN in 2011, he earned broadcast experience announcing San Francisco Giants games on CSN Bay Area and the Giants Radio Network, as well as hosting radio talk shows on San Francisco's KNBR-680 AM and Sacramento's KHTK-1140 AM. Santangelo played parts of 7 seasons in the big leagues with the Expos, Giants, Dodgers and A's during his 14-year professional career. He batted .245 with 87 doubles, 14 triples, 21 homers, 162 RBI and 37 stolen bases in 665 MLB games and appeared in one post-season with Oakland in 2001. Primarily an outfielder, he played 6 different positions during his career. Santangelo played under former Nationals manager Davey Johnson in 2000 (LAD). He was selected by the Expos in the 20th round of the 1989 First-Year Player Draft, and finished 4th in NL Rookie of the Year voting in 1996. Santangelo played collegiately at Sacramento City College - where his son, F.P. Jr., currently plays - and the University of Miami, after graduating from Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills, Calif.
Johnny Holliday is in his ninth season with MASN and his 36th as "Voice of the Maryland Terrapins" for both football and basketball. His long list of credits includes coverage of the Summer and Winter Olympics for ABC Radio, where he spent 28 years as morning sports anchor. He has covered championship boxing and the Masters as well as the Liberty, Aloha, Peach and Gator Bowls. Holliday's career allows him to lay claim as Washington's most versatile broadcaster. His face and voice are one of the most familiar in all of Washington radio and television. During his disc jockey days, he was named No. 1 in America. He has called play-by-play for the Washington Bullets, Oakland Raiders, Golden State Warriors, University of California and Stanford. He has also hosted shows for the San Francisco Giants and Washington Redskins. Dick Vitale named Johnny one of his top 15 play-by-play voices in the nation. A native of Miami, Florida, he has worked in four of the nation's prime radio markets: Cleveland, New York City, San Francisco and Washington.
Washingtonian Magazine honored Holliday as Washingtonian of the Year for his many civic activities. He was a 2014 inductee into The Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame, and was the 2014 NSSA Maryland Sportscaster of the Year. Holliday has been recognized by the College Football Hall of Fame with the Lindsay Nelson Outstanding Sportscaster Award, by the Catholic Youth Organization as its National Person of the Year, and by the Diabetes Association as its Father of the Year. In 2010 Johnny was named one of 60 influential Marylanders. He is also a member of the Radio Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame. The Johnny Holliday Scholarship Golf Classic has raised over a million dollars for the Youth Leadership Foundation and a scholarship in Johnny's name to The University of Maryland. His basketball and softball teams have raised close to two million dollars for charity and he hosts his own celebrity golf tournament to benefit the Youth Leadership Foundation.
Two-time MLB All-Star Ray Knight is in his sixth season as the co-host of Nats Xtra, MASN's pregame and post-game show. Few baseball players garner as much respect as Ray Knight. In the twilight of his playing years, Knight mustered one of his best seasons to triumphantly lead the New York Mets to a World Series Championship in 1986, the team's first title in 17 years. His play earned him Most Valuable Player honors of the Series and he was named the National League Comeback Player of the Year by the Sporting News. The Albany, Ga., native played professional baseball for 17 years, 13 of which were spent in the Major Leagues as an infielder with the Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers. Knight retired from baseball in 1989 and moved on to become an ESPN broadcaster. In 1993, he returned to the Major Leagues to work as a coach for Cincinnati. He ascended to Manager of the Reds in October, 1995 and maintained the position until July, 1997.