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Thursday, November 10, 2011
Broadcast teams to stay same for 2012

By Jeff Caplan

The Texas Rangers will return their television and radio broadcast crews for the 2012 season, the team announced Thursday.

That means Steve Busby will remain in the 103.3 ESPN FM radio booth with longtime play-by-play man Eric Nadel. Analyst Tom Grieve will enter his 18th season and work beside play-by-play man Dave Barnett on the television side.

For Nadel, a finalist for the 2012 National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award, next season will be his 34th broadcasting Rangers baseball, the longest tenure of any announcer in the history of the franchise. 2012 will mark his 18th as lead voice on Rangers radio broadcasts.

"We were very pleased with the response we received to our television and radio broadcasts last season," Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan said. "Dave and Steve did a great job in their new roles, and we are happy to welcome both teams back."

Busby took over in the radio booth on May 27 when Barnett moved over to television. Barnett replaced John Rhadigan, who returned to pre- and post-game television duties after a short stint as the team's play-by-play voice.

Eleno Ornelas will return as the lead play-by-play announcer for Rangers Spanish radio broadcasts on 1540 AM ESPN Deportes. Ornelas also handles duties as interpretor for the club's Latin players who speak Spanish only.