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The 2014 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, Eric Nadel is in his 23rd year as the lead voice on the Texas Rangers radio broadcasts. It marks his 39th year broadcasting Rangers baseball, the longest tenure of any announcer in the history of the franchise and the second longest continuous current stint with one team in the American League to Kansas Citys Denny Matthews (49th year in 2017).
The Ford C. Frick Award is presented annually for excellence in broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Nadel was the first primary voice of the Texas Rangers to be honored with the Frick Award, which was first presented in 1978. He was a finalist for the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Frick Awards.
Nadel was honored at the Hall of Fames Awards Presentation on July 26, 2014 in Cooperstown, New York, along with 2014 J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner Roger Angell and Buck ONeil Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Joe Garagiola.
Nadel is an eight-time selection of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Texas Sportscaster of the Year Award (1999, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015) and was twice honored by the Associated Press for best play-by-play in Texas. He was inducted as the 15th member of the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame on August 11, 2012.
Nadel joined the Rangers in 1979 and called games on television and radio in his first three seasons. Beginning in 1982, he began a 13-year run with Mark Holtz as the radio team on WBAP while returning to the television booth for one year in 1984. Nadel became the teams lead radio voice on KRLD Radio when Holtz moved to television in 1995.
Nadel is a graduate of Brown University, where he called football and hockey on the college radio station. He had minor league hockey play-by-play stints in Muskegon, MI, Oklahoma City, Dallas and Fort Worth, and was also the radio voice of the Dallas Diamonds of the Womens Professional Basketball League.
Nadel has spent several offseasons learning Spanish and has taken part in Spanish game broadcasts in numerous Latin American countries. He is also the author of three books, including Texas Rangers: The Authorized History, published in 1997.
Eric is very active in the local music scene, annually presenting a Birthday Benefit Concert for Focus on Teens, for which he is a member of the Board of Directors, at Dallas Kessler Theater. This years concert on May 18 stars Marc Broussard. He is also very involved in numerous mental health causes, serving as a spokesman for the national Campaign to Change Direction and for Texas State of Mind. Nadel is the 2017 chairman of the Nami Walk on May 13. He is a long-time animal activist and raised the funds for the construction of the first leash-free dog park in North Texas at Mockingbird Point in Dallas."
A 1991 inductee in the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame, Nadel and his wife, Jeannie, reside in Dallas and Durango, CO with their dog, Kirby, a terrier mix.
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Matt Hicks is in his fifth full season in the Texas Rangers radio booth after joining the broadcasts in June 2012.
Hicks came to the Rangers from the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Houston Astros Texas League affiliate, where he had served as Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations since 2005. In that role, he was the primary play-by-play voice on all radio broadcasts and called Hooks television games on Fox Sports Southwests Astros Minor League Game of the Week from 2007-09.
Hicks has 28 years of professional baseball play-by-play experience, making stops with Frederick of the Carolina League from 1989-94 and El Paso of the Texas League from 1995-2004 before becoming an inaugural employee at Corpus Christi. He is a former winner of the Radio Broadcaster of the Year Award in El Paso.
In addition, Hicks has extensive experience broadcasting college basketball with Mount St. Marys College (Emmitsburg, MD), James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA), the University of Texas-El Paso, New Mexico State University, and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He was also the first play-by-play voice of the El Paso Buzzards of the Western Professional Hockey League. During his time in Corpus Christi, Hicks also broadcast high school football on the Texas Sports Radio Networks CCISD Game of the Week.
Hicks is a graduate of the University of Maryland in College Park, where he called baseball, football, basketball, and lacrosse on WMUC Radio. The native of Washington, D.C. also was an extra in the movie Major League II, appearing in scenes featuring Bob Uecker, A.K.A. Harry Doyle.
Hicks and his wife, Estelle have a son Nathaniel and reside in Keller. Matt also has a daughter, Amy, who lives in Maryland.
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Jared Sandler is in his third season as the full-time pre and postgame host for the Texas Rangers Radio Network. He also fills in on radio play-by-play for selected Rangers games.
In addition to his duties with the Rangers, Jared also fulfills various on-air responsibilities with the teams flagship, 105.3 The FAN, joining CBS Radio in March 2015. He is also the television voice of the Texas Legends of the NBAs D-League.
A native of Dallas, Sandler previously worked for 103.3 FM ESPN as an on-air host. Prior to his return to DFW, he spent two years with ESPN 100.9 FM/Great Lakes Loons (Midwest League), calling play-by-play for baseball, basketball, and football, as well as hosting the regions highest-rated afternoon drive sports talk show.
A graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) in 2011, Sandler earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a minor in Entrepreneurial Studies. While at USC, in addition to directing the student-led sports radio station and working with ESPN 710 in Los Angeles, Jared also was a member of the schools baseball program, serving as a practice player and aiding in baseball operations. He resides in Dallas.
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Dave Raymond, who joined the Rangers announcing group in 2016, begins his first year as the primary play-by-play announcer for the clubs broadcasts on FOX Sports Southwest. Raymond worked approximately 45 TV games and also filled in on radio broadcasts last season.
A 22-year broadcasting veteran, called radio and television games for the Houston Astros from 2006-2012. Raymond also has major league experience on the radio side with the San Francisco Giants and Baltimore Orioles and has been a minor league broadcaster for the Brockton Rox, Sonoma County Crushers, Charleston River Dogs, and Iowa Cubs. . From 2013-15, he has served as a play-by-play and studio host for Major League Baseball Advanced Media.
His other broadcasting credits include college football, basketball, baseball, and softball for ESPN, Comcast, Root Sports, and the CBS Sports Network. Raymond was the pre and postgame studio host for Houston Texans shows on FSSW in 2013 and 2014.
Raymond was also a business reporter for Forbes and Forbes ASAP from 1997-2002. He is a 1994 graduate of Stanford University, where he was Senior Class President and a member of the track and field team. Dave resides in The Woodlands, TX with his wife Tish and sons Donnie (14), Tommy (12), and Mike (9).
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Dominic Cotroneo is the first voice of the Down East Wood Ducks in the advanced-A Carolina League. He joins the Rangers organization after spending the 2016 season in Orem, Utah with the Orem Owlz - Angles affiliates in the rookie-level Pioneer League. There he served as the director of broadcasting/media relations during the Owlz' run to the league championship.
Cotroneo attends Arizona State University where he has been a featured voice of ASU baseball on Pac-12.com webcasts and the campus radio station, Blaze Radio ASU. Beyond baseball, Cotroneo is the voice of ASU hockey on Pac-12.com and has also called Sun Devil football, basketball, and softball with the student station.
"Dom" also spent two summers on the shores of Cape Cod broadcasting for the Chatham Anglers in the Cape Cod Baseball League. Regarded as the country's top amateur league, Cotroneo called 91 games during his time in Chatham.
He follows his father, Vince, into the sports broadcasting world. Vince is currently a member of the Oakland A's radio team and has over 20 seasons of big league experience, including six with the Texas Rangers (1998-2003).
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Ryan Rouillard enters his first season as the lead radio broadcaster for the Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Rangers. Rouillard also serves as a communications assistant with the club, coordinating most of the teams baseball-related outreach. 2017 marks his second season in Frisco, after serving as a broadcasting and media relations assistant during the 2016 campaign.
Prior to his time with the RoughRiders, Rouillard spent three years broadcasting collegiate summer baseball in the West Coast League, in addition to his work as a student at the University of Oregon. During his four years at UO, he worked extensively with campus radio KWVA, broadcasting Oregon football, softball, volleyball, and soccer. Last May, he was ranked as the nations second-best collegiate broadcaster by the Sports Talent Agency of America.
Rouillard grew up in Mercer Island, Washington, where he broadcast his first game as a high school senior. He currently lives in Plano.
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