Thursday, May 26, 2011
John Rhadigan no longer on Rangers TV
By Richard Durrett
The Rangers announced that John Rhadigan is no longer the play-by-play voice of the Rangers on television. Dave Barnett will take his place alongside analyst Tom Grieve. The club said the changes will be in effect starting with Friday's game against the Kansas City Royals.
Steve Busby will join Eric Nadel for most of the games on 103.3 FM ESPN and pre- and postgame host Bryan Dolgin will also assist Nadel for some games this season.
Rhadigan will return to Fox Sports Southwest as the lead anchor of FSSW’s Rangers pre- and postgame coverage and other programming on the network.
"We just felt like for the overall broadcast, John could help us at pre- and postgame coverage," said John Blake, Rangers executive VP for communications. "That job had not been filled and he's a big asset there and helps the entire package.
The Rangers will decide after the season what they are going to do with the broadcasts in 2012. The club received complaints from some fans about Rhadigan, who had never done baseball play-by-play. The team felt like his knowledge of the club and the fact that he seemed to jell with Grieve would allow the pair to grow on the air. But after 50 games, the Rangers decided a change was necessary.
Part of the club's release:
Barnett joined the Rangers broadcast team in 2009 and has worked primarily in the radio booth since that time. The longtime ESPN announcer has also provided play-by-play coverage on a limited number of Rangers television games in that span.
Busby has been a part of Rangers radio and television coverage for over 25 years. Most recently, the former major league pitcher has served as a lead analyst on Fox Sports Southwest’s pre- and postgame Rangers programming while working a limited schedule of television and radio games over the last several years.
Dolgin is in his second year hosting Rangers pre- and postgame radio coverage and has been a fill-in play-by-play broadcaster for the club over that span.