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Washington Nationals Broadcasters

Charlie Slowes, Radio Play-by-Play

Charlie Slowes has been behind the microphone for every season of Nationals baseball, from the call of the first pitch in club history April 4, 2005 through Daniel Hudson’s historic strikeout of Michael Brantley to end Game 7 of the World Series last October 30th as the Nationals won their first-ever World Championship. That moment sits atop Slowes’ Nationals highlights, a list that includes the Nats come-from behind win in the 2019 Wild Card Game against Milwaukee, the Game NLDS Game 5 rally from behind, the NLCS sweep of the Cardinals Individual game highlights include Jayson Werth’s memorable walk-off home run in Game 4 of the 2012 National League Division series, 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), Bryce Harper’s three-homer game in 2015, the Nats’ four consecutive home runs in San Diego June 9th, 2019 and Kurt Suzuki’s walk-off, three-run homer that capped a 7-run bottom of the 9th inning to beat the Mets last September 3rd. Slowes’ call “and if you walked out of this ball park when the Mets scored five runs in the top of the 9th inning, you BLEW IT!” with partner Dave Jageler, became a tv/radio/internet/social media phenomenon shortly thereafter.

Slowes became the original voice of the Nationals on February 24, 2005, in time for their inaugural spring training. His trademark taglines—“BANG, ZOOM go the fireworks!” and “A #CurlyW is in the books!”—after Nationals victories soon became part of the Beltway baseball lexicon. The 2020 season marks Slowes’ 16th with the Nationals, his 23rd consecutive year calling Major League Baseball, and 28th overall. He will call his 2,500th Nationals broadcast in 2020, entering the campaign having called 3,626 Major League regular season and Postseason games, including 2,463 with the Nationals. Baseball’s return to our nation’s capital in 2005 also marked a return 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, covering 11 seasons, including two years of radio/TV simulcasts. 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 those (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, in the spring of 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 Bob Costas. In three years in St. Louis, Slowes was involved in broadcasts of Cardinals baseball, Cardinals football, 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 2020. Slowes called play-by-play for his third Washington pro sports team when he filled in for John Walton on Washington Capitals radio during the Caps run to their first Stanley Cup Championship in February of 2018. Charlie and his wife, Tina, have two adult sons, James and Alex, and the family splits time between homes in Alexandria, Virgina, and Palm Harbor, Florida.

Dave Jageler, Radio Play-by-Play

Dave Jageler enters his 16th season with the Nationals, teaming with Charlie Slowes since 2006 to form the longest-running radio play-by-play duo in the District. Jageler has been at the mic for the Nationals’ historic run to the 2019 World Series championship, plus four NL East championships, three no-hitters and Max Scherzer’s MLB record-tying 20-strikeout performance. In 2020, he was honored by the National Sports Media Association as Washington DC’s co-Sportscaster of the year. Jageler joined the Nationals after spending the 2005 campaign as the radio and TV voice of the Pawtucket Red Sox of the Triple-A International League. Prior to joining Pawtucket, he worked in Boston co-hosting an afternoon talk show and serving in various capacities with the Boston Celtics radio network, including fill-in play-by-play. Jageler spent six years in Charlotte as the voice of UNC-Charlotte basketball and co-hosting a morning drive talk show. While in Charlotte, he built his baseball resume with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights in the 1995, 1996 and 2001 seasons doing play-by-play. Jageler’s voice was also heard in D.C., as he served as a host on the Virginia Tech Sports Network during the 1993-94 basketball season. He has also served as the studio host for Westwood One’s NHL Game of the Week, the Florida State and Texas Longhorns football networks, and has done fill-in play-by-play for both the Seminoles and Longhorns. The Windsor, Conn. native is a graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where he began his play-by-play career broadcasting Syracuse football and basketball games on WAER, and baseball for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs on Time Warner Cable and the Empire Sports Network. Dave and his wife, Jennifer, have two children: Jared (21) and Sarah (17).

Bob Carpenter, Television Play-by-Play

Bob Carpenter is in his 16th season with MASN and the Nationals, and his 37th in Major League Baseball. After earning a Radio-TV-Film degree with honors from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1975, Carpenter began his broadcasting career in 1976 on radio baseball play-by-play with the Tulsa Oilers. Carpenter came to Washington in 2006 after 10 years on TV and radio with the St. Louis Cardinals and 16 seasons of MLB on ESPN. During the spring of 2017, Carpenter retired from calling college basketball games after 40 years, the last 15 with the University of Oklahoma, and many with ESPN and USA Network. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in March 2017. A St. Louis native, Carpenter’s MLB debut came in 1984 with Cardinals baseball on Sportstime Cable Network, and he returned in 1995 on KPLR-TV and KMOX Radio. Carpenter was nominated for four St. Louis/Mid-America Emmys, winning twice (1996 and 1997), and a National Capital/Chesapeake Bay Emmy in 2008 for his Nationals play-by-play. Carpenter was also named co-D.C. Sportscaster of the Year in 2014 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Carpenter appeared on TV in the 1980s and 1990s, calling MLB games with the Rangers, Mets and Twins. He announced MLB, college basketball, and college football during 18 seasons of play-by-play with ESPN from 1988-2005, and, as a reporter, was in Denver and Phoenix for two MLB Expansion Drafts. Carpenter has broadcast baseball playoffs, five Triple-A All-Star Games, NCAA/NIT Basketball Tournaments and College Football bowl games. His studio work includes College Gameday and College Football Scoreboard shows. Carpenter announced the 2005 NCAA Basketball Final Four in his hometown of St. Louis for NCAA International TV, one of the seven NCAA tournaments he has called. Before joining ESPN, Carpenter handled a variety of sports for USA Network, including pro soccer, college basketball and football, PGA Golf (including The Masters) and professional tennis (including the U.S. Open). Carpenter announced numerous soccer matches at RFK Stadium, starting as the TV voice of Team America in 1983, and worked several matches in D.C. during the 1994 World Cup. Bob and his wife of 40 years, Debbie, have two daughters and a son-in-law: Katie, Ryan and Allison.

F. P. Santangelo, Television Color Analyst

F.P. Santangelo returns for his 11th season broadcasting Nationals games on MASN, working alongside play-by-play veteran Bob Carpenter. Prior to joining MASN in 2011, Santangelo earned broadcast experience announcing San Francisco Giants games on CSN Bay Area and the Giants Radio Network, as well as hosting radio talk shows on San Francisco’s KNBR-680 AM and Sacramento’s KHTK-1140 AM. Santangelo played parts of seven seasons in the Major Leagues with the Giants, Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Oakland A’s during his 14-year professional career. In 665 MLB games, he batted .245 with 87 doubles, 14 triples, 21 homers, 162 RBI and 37 stolen bases. He appeared in one Postseason with Oakland in 2001. Primarily an outfielder, Santangelo played six different positions during his career and played under former Nationals Managers Dusty Baker in 1999 (SF) and Davey Johnson in 2000 (LAD). He was selected by the Expos in the 20th round of the 1989 First-Year Player Draft, and finished fourth in the 1996 NL Rookie of the Year voting. Santangelo played collegiately at Sacramento City College and the University of Miami after graduating from Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills, California He is a father of two: F.P. Jr., 26, and Summer Jo, 23.

Dan Kolko, Nationals Broadcaster

Dan Kolko returns for his 10th season covering the Nationals, now having joined the organization after the last nine years being a part of MASN's Nats coverage. Most recently, Kolko served as the host for the network's Nats Xtra pre- and post-game shows, working alongside analyst Bo Porter for two years, including the Nationals' World Series Championship season in 2019. Prior to that, Kolko served as on-field reporter on MASN's game broadcasts from 2014-2018, and as Nationals beat writer for MASNsports.com from 2012-14. Kolko spent part of the lead-up to the abbreviated 2020 season hosting various social media recaps of the Nats' 2019 playoff run along with General Manager Mike Rizzo and Ryan Zimmerman, and Kolko and Zimmerman then teamed up to co-host a Game 7 Reunion on Zoom, with nearly two-dozen members of the World Series Championship team joining to re-watch the decisive game and raise money for Zimmerman's "Pros for Heroes" Covid-19 relief fund. Returning this season, Kolko will again host the weekly Nats Insider radio show on 106.7 The Fan, airing on Saturdays. Kolko is also a contributor to MLB Network as a Nationals correspondent, and he earned experience working in television commercials when he served as the "host" in Toyota's 2013 regional commercial spots involving Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg. Kolko previously covered the Baltimore Ravens for MASN from 2008-11, writing for the network's website and providing on-air analysis for the Mid-Atlantic Sports Report. Prior to joining MASN, Kolko worked with Comcast SportsNet in a production role. A native of Silver Spring, MD, Kolko earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Delaware.

Pete Medhurst, Radio Host, Nats Talk Live

Pete Medhurst co-hosts “Russell and Medhurst,” afternoons from 3 to 7 pm on the Team 980, WTEM-AM. Medhurst was previously the longtime morning sports anchor for the Nationals Flagship station 106.7 The Fan. He has also been a play-by-play voice of the Naval Academy Radio Network since 1998, providing play-by-play for the Academies sports teams on the Patriot League TV and Navy Radio Networks. Medhurst has called multiple NCAA Baseball Regionals that Navy has participated in as well as many of the 33 Varsity Sports at the Academy. He has also done Lacrosse play-by-play for the Big Ten Network and called football and lacrosse contests on CBS Sports Network as well. The Harwood, Maryland native is a graduate of Southern High and resides in Churchton, Maryland with his Wife Brenda and Daughter Kelly (12). The couple has two son, Ryan (29) who coaches College Basketball at Seton Hill University and Cody (27) who coaches at Washington College.

Craig Heist, Radio Host, Nats Talk Live

Heist graduated from Salisbury University in 1983. He began his broadcasting career at WKHI in Ocean City, Maryland, covering local college and high school sports including play-by-play and color for Salisbury football. Over the past 25 years, he has covered Major League Baseball, the NFL, NBA, NHL and college basketball for several national networks including ESPN Radio, Sirius NFL Network, SBNation, CBS Sports Radio, AP and Metro Networks. Craig also appears on MASN as a guest panelist and occasional host of Nats Talk. He worked for WTOP for 14 years before moving to 106.7 The Fan in October of 2013. He is a three-time winner of the Maryland Sportscaster of the Year, voted on by his peers.

Grant Paulsen & Danny Rouhier, Hosts, Nats Talk Live

Grant Paulsen is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster and one half of the Grant and Danny Show from 2011. Grant grew up in King George County and got involved in the world of sports at a young age as a recurring contributor to Late Night with David Letterman. Grant turned that into a show on Sirius XM and has spent the last 14 years hosting national baseball talk shows on MLB Network Radio and helps anchor MLB Draft coverage. Grant also serves as a pre and postgame host for NBC Sports Washington's Capitals coverage, writes columns for The Athletic D.C., and is the play-by-play voice of the XFL’s D.C. Defenders. Grant was recognized by the National Sports Media Association as D.C. Sportscaster of the year in 2016.

Danny Rouhier has co-hosted “The Grant and Danny Show” on 106.7 The Fan since 2011. The Grant & Danny Show has been one of the top rated sports shows in D.C. for several years and they were recently named to a top-10 national list of most-prolific sports radio shows in the country. Danny's life has always been centered around baseball. He was an All-Met player at St. Alban's School in Washington, D.C. and was a multiple time All-Conference Performer at The George Washington University. Over his on-air career in DC, starting in 2009, Danny has been on 106.7 The Fan and various TV outlets as well as hosting pre-and-post game work on the radio for the Nationals. Danny lives in the District with his wife and 2 sons.