Washington Nationals Broadcasters

Charlie Slowes, Radio Play-by-Play

Charlie Slowes entered 2023, having been behind the microphone for every season of Nationals baseball, from the call of the first pitch in club history on April 4, 2005 through Daniel Hudson’s historic strikeout of Michael Brantley to end Game 7 of the 2019 World Series. That championship moment sits atop Slowes’ Nationals highlights, a list that includes Jayson Werth’s memorable walk-off home run in Game 4 of the 2012 National League Division series, Max Scherzer’s 20-strikeout game in 2018, his two no-hitters in 2015, Bryce Harper’s three-homer game in 2015, Washington’s four consecutive home runs in San Diego in June 2019 and Kurt Suzuki’s walk-off, three-run homer that capped a seven-run bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Mets in September of 2019. 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.

Slowes became the original voice of the Nationals on February 24, 2005, in time for the team’s inaugural Spring Training. His trademark taglines—“BANG, ZOOM go the fireworks!” and “A Curly W is in the books!”—after Nationals victories soon became part of the Beltway baseball lexicon. Joined by long-time partner Jageler in 2006, the 2023 season marks Slowes’ 19th with the Nationals, his 26th consecutive year calling Major League Baseball, and 31st overall. Slowes began 2023 having called 4,008 Major League regular season and Postseason games. Slowes will call a milestone 3,000th game behind a Nationals radio microphone in late September, having called 2,845 entering 2023.

Baseball’s return to our nation’s capital in 2005 also marked a return for Slowes, who was named the radio voice of the NBA’s Washington Bullets in 1986 at just 25 years of age. Slowes called Bullets games for 11 seasons, through 1996-97, 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 nationally 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 Ford Frick Award winners like the late Jack Buck and Bob Costas. In his three years in St. Louis, Slowes was involved in broadcasts of Cardinals baseball, Cardinals football, Blues hockey and play-by-play for 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. 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, Jim and Alex, and the family splits time between homes in Alexandria, Va. and Palm Harbor, Fla.

Dave Jageler, Radio Play-by-Play

Dave Jageler enters his 18th 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 addition to his work with the Nationals, Jageler calls select MLB games on ESPN Radio. In 2020, he was honored by the National Sports Media Association as Washington D.C.’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, N.C. 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 (23) and Sarah (19).

Bob Carpenter, Television Play-by-Play

Bob Carpenter is in his 18th season with MASN and the Nationals, and his 40th 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 professional 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 U.S. Soccer Team America in 1983, and worked several matches in D.C. during the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Bob and his wife of 43 years, Debbie, have two daughters, a son-in-law and two grandsons: Katie, Allison and Ryan, James, and Ben.

Kevin Frandsen, Television Color Commentary

A member of Washington’s 2014 National League East Division championship team, Kevin Frandsen joined MASN and the Nationals in 2022 after four seasons as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies radio broadcast team. He was hired by Philadelphia in 2018 and worked select road games on the Phillies Radio Network before his role expanded in 2019 to include the majority of the road schedule along with several home broadcasts. Since 2019, Frandsen has also hosted shows on MLB Network Radio, and from 2016 to 2019, worked on AM radio in the San Francisco Bay area. He co-hosted “KNBR Tonight” on KNBR 680 AM and, prior to that, spent one year as co-host for KNBR 1050 AM’s morning drive show, “The Audible.” Frandsen played nine Major League seasons with the San Francisco Giants (2006-09, 2015), Los Angeles Angels (2010), Philadelphia Phillies (2012-13) and Washington Nationals (2014). A versatile defender and utility player, he saw action at second base, third base, first base, outfield, shortstop and designated hitter during his Major League career. Frandsen is a native of San Jose, Calif. and was selected in the 12th round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of San Jose State University where he set the program’s all-time record for career hits (246). Following the passing of his brother DJ in 2004, the Frandsen family started the 19 For Life Foundation, created to celebrate the gift that DJ Frandsen was to his family, friends and community. The 19 For Life Foundation is a lasting legacy to DJ’s beliefs in giving back, making a difference, being a man for others and never giving up. Kevin and his wife Amanda live in Haddon Heights, N.J., with their daughter Tenley and son Daylen Jon (“DJ”).

Dan Kolko, Nationals Broadcaster

Dan Kolko returns for his 12th season covering the Nationals and 10th as part of the TV broadcast team, working a hybrid role hosting the “Nats Xtra” pre- and postgame shows, serving as on-field reporter and providing fill-in play-by-play. Kolko also has contributed interviews and content for the Nationals’ social media channels since joining the organization in 2021. He previously hosted Nats Xtra alongside analyst Bo Porter, where the two covered the Nationals' World Series Championship season in 2019. Kolko served as on-field reporter on MASN's game broadcasts from 2014-18, and as the team’s beat writer for MASNsports.com from 2012-14. He spent part of the lead-up to the abbreviated 2020 season hosting various social media recaps of the Nationals' 2019 Postseason run along with General Manager Mike Rizzo and Ryan Zimmerman. 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. Kolko is also a MLB Network Radio host, a contributor to MLB Network as a Nationals correspondent, and he provides college basketball play-by-play for FOX Sports. He also 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,” mornings from 9AM to 12PM 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 (14). The couple has two sons, Ryan a college basketball coach and Cody a project manager for a local engineering firm.

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 30 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 has appeared 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.