Texas Rangers: john rhadigan

Broadcast teams to stay same for 2012

November, 10, 2011
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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.
Former Rangers play-by-play television voice John Rhadigan said Thursday that he is disappointed that he didn't have a longer opportunity in the booth, but is grateful he got the chance to call games for a few months with analyst Tom Grieve.

"I wanted to be doing the job for 20 years," Rhadigan said. "But I'll look back on this grateful that I took the risk and had three weeks of fantasy baseball play-by-play experience and enjoyed every minute of it."

Rhadigan plans on taking a few days off before returning to his role as Fox Sports Southwest's pre- and postgame host. He said he's pleased to be back there and enjoyed the job before leaving to take the play-by-play seat vacated when Josh Lewin was not re-signed after the 2010 season.

Rhadigan said he knew there were fans that weren't happy with his performance, but he did his best not to pay attention to it.

"I knew it was there, but it wasn't going to be constructive for me to get caught up in it," Rhadigan said. "When I made mistakes, I tried to learn from them. I enjoyed the challenge."

Rhadigan said he wishes Dave Barnett the best and expects him to do a good job.

"Everyone out there was supportive of me and I appreciate that," Rhadigan said.

Note to fans: Give John Rhadigan a chance

January, 19, 2011
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers' newest television voice admitted Wednesday that he doesn't have extensive play-by-play experience. Rhadigan said he broadcasted some basketball games straight out of college and that he's called some Texas Collegiate League All-Star Games a few years back. But mainly, Rhadigan has been anchoring the pregame and postgame shows for Fox Sports Southwest.

That doesn't mean he can't make the transition to the booth. The Rangers didn't hire Rhadigan for his vast play-by-play skills. They want someone who can complement analyst Tom Grieve and let the pictures help tell the story.

"I believe that a TV play-by-play guy should be a storyteller," Rhadigan said. "He should tell the story of the game, but he should also tell the story of the team. It's exciting for me because the story of this team is a really good story. It's an exciting and really fun story. We're modern day storytellers. For me to extend that now to the both is a pretty natural thought at least to get my brain around just to sit in the booth and have fun and tell the story of the Texas Rangers."

When the Rangers started the process of finding a replacement for Josh Lewin, they looked at some current radio or TV broadcasters in baseball with Texas ties. They talked to Scott Franzke, who used to work on the pregame and postgame for the Rangers and is now on the Phillies radio broadcast, and to Brian Anderson, who does play-by-play for the Brewers and is the son of Rangers scout Mike Anderson. But the timing wasn't right for either to leave their current jobs.

Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine spoke up at a meeting that Rhadigan might make a good choice. The team interviewed him (and others) and had Rhadigan do a practice game off a monitor with Grieve. The two showed chemistry and the club decided Rhadigan, with his knowledge of being around the club for awhile, was the right choice.

"They have a natural repoire and we've seen that on stage at various events," Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg said. "The more we thought about it, even though it is unconventional and a little bit out of the box, it could be a team that could grow together and have a comfortable, light-hearted tone that a broad spectrum of our fans would really enjoy. So we decided to go forward."

Some of you have emailed me and messaged me on twitter questioning the "wow" factor here. Well, I don't think there is much "wow" factor. I'm also not sure that matters. Rhadigan is a hard worker. He knows the game and he'll learn even more about it quickly (he won't have a choice sitting next to Grieve, one of the top TV analysts in the game, and having Eric Nadel to bounce ideas and questions off of). He's comfortable on camera and will pay attention to the details of not just the statistics, but the personalities of the players.

Greenberg said TV is the analyst's medium. He has a point. Rhadigan's job is to plow the road for Grieve. I think he'll do that. So be patient and give Rhadigan a chance. It may not be the crisp, perfect broadcast on Opening Day, but my bet is it will find a rhythm soon enough.

What do you think of the choice?

Sources: John Rhadigan favored for TV

January, 14, 2011
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Sources confirmed Friday that Fox Sports Southwest's John Rhadigan is the leading candidate to replace Josh Lewin as the Rangers' television play-by-play voice in 2011.

The club has yet to make a final decision.

Lewin, whose contract was not renewed following the 2010 season, had been the Rangers' play-by-play announcer since 2002.

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