The Texas Rangers announced today that they are keeping the prime television and radio crews that ended the 2012 season for the 2013 campaign. That includes Steve Busby and Tom Grieve on television, Eric Nadel and Matt Hicks on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and Eleno Ornelas as the lead voice for the Spanish radio broadcasts on 1540 AM ESPN Deportes. Busby and Hicks agreed to new multi-year deals, according to the club.
Here's part of the club's release:
“We were very pleased with the performance of Steve and Matt in their respective broadcasting roles over the second half of this season,” commented Rangers Executive Vice President for Communications John Blake. “We received great response to our television and radio broadcasts and feel this is the best way for us to go forward. With the expiration of Dave Barnett’s contract, we thank Dave for his contributions on radio and television over the last few years and wish him the best for the future.”
Busby moved to television in June 2012 after working with Nadel on the majority of the radio broadcasts since May 2011. The former major league pitcher has been a part of Rangers radio and television coverage for more than 25 years. Prior to entering the radio booth full-time, he had served as a lead analyst on Fox Sports Southwest’s pre and post game Rangers programming while working a limited schedule of television and radio games over the previous several years.
2013 will be Hicks’ first full season with the Rangers after he joined the radio broadcasts in June 2012. He has 24 years of baseball play-by-play experience with Frederick of the Carolina League (1989-94) and El Paso (1995-2004) and Corpus Christi (2005-12) in the Texas League. Most recently, he was the Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations at Corpus Christi. In addition, Hicks has extensive experience broadcasting college basketball and professional hockey.
Grieve returns for his 19th season as the analyst in the Rangers’ television booth. For Nadel, a finalist for the 2013 National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award, next season will be his 35th broadcasting Rangers baseball, the longest tenure of any announcer in the history of the franchise. 2013 will mark his 19th year as the lead voice on Rangers radio broadcasts. Ornelas will be back for his 14th year on Rangers Spanish radio broadcasts, his 11th as the lead play-by-play announcer.