Charlie Slowes became an original voice of the Nationals on February 24, 2005, in time for their inaugural spring training broadcasts. Slowes called the first pitch in club history and many other historic firsts that season and his trademark tag lines, "Bang Zoom go the Fireworks," and "A Curly 'W' is in the books," after Nationals victories soon became part of the Beltway baseball lexicon.
The 2019 season marks Slowes' 15th with the Nationals, his 22nd consecutive year calling Major League Baseball, and 27th overall. He enters the campaign having called 3,447 Major League regular-season and Postseason games, including 2,284 with the Nationals. Several moments in 2005 rank in Slowes' top Nationals highlights, along with Jayson Werth's memorable walk-off home run in Game 4 of the 2012 National League Division series. Calling Max Scherzer's 20-strikeout game, three no-hitters in just over a calendar year -- thrown by Jordan Zimmermann (Sept. 28, 2014) and Scherzer (June 20 & Oct. 3, 2015) -- and Bryce Harper's three-homer game in 2015 are also among Slowes' career highlights.
Baseball's return to the nation's capital in 2005 also marked a return to Washington for Slowes, named the radio voice of the NBA's Washington Bullets in 1986 at just 25 years of age. Slowes called Bullets games through the 1996-97 season, including two years of radio/TV simulcasts. The eleven-year run was then a franchise record, eclipsed by Slowes' successor and current Wizards' voice, Dave Johnson. Slowes made the switch to Major League Baseball full-time in 1998 as an original radio voice of the Tampa Bay Rays, calling their first seven seasons. Slowes had previously called games for the New York Mets (1988 &1991) on WFAN-AM, the Baltimore Orioles (1989-90) on WBAL-AM, and on the network level for NBC-TV and CBS Radio. Slowes also called Triple-A baseball for the Tidewater Tides on radio and TV in 1986, 1988, 1991 and 1992.
Slowes is among the ever-growing list (starting with legendary Ford Frick Award winner and Hall of Famer Vin Scully) to have entered sports broadcasting after graduating from Fordham University in his native New York City, and having honed his skills on Fordham's 50,000-watt blowtorch, WFUV 90.7 FM. Slowes' first career break came not long after graduation, early in 1984 at KMOX Radio in St. Louis, where for three years he was exposed to the likes of Ford Frick Award winners, the late Jack Buck, and broadcasting great Bob Costas. In three years in St. Louis, Slowes was involved in broadcasts of St. Louis Cardinals baseball, St. Louis Cardinals football, St. Louis Blues hockey and play-by-play of St. Louis University basketball. In three plus decades as a play-by-play broadcaster, Slowes has also called boxing for ESPN, MISL soccer for the New York Arrows (1983) and college basketball at the University of South Florida.
During the Nationals' 2012 NL East Division Championship chase, Slowes joined MLB Network's afternoon show, "The Rundown," and will again report for the TV network in 2019. On February 22, 2018, Slowes called play-by-play for his third Washington pro sports team when he stepped in for John Walton to fill-in on Washington Capitals radio while Walton was calling hockey at the Winter Olympics. Slowes' family - Charlie, his wife, Tina, and sons, James (25), and Alex (21) - splits time between homes in Alexandria, Virginia, during the season, and Palm Harbor, FL, during the off-season.