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The 2014 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, Eric Nadel is in his 25th year as the lead voice on the Texas Rangers radio broadcasts. It marks his 41st year broadcasting Rangers baseball, the longest tenure of any announcer in the history of the franchise and the second longest continuous current stint with one team in the American League to Kansas City's Denny Matthews (51st year in 2018).
The Ford C. Frick Award is presented annually for excellence in broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Nadel was the first primary voice of the Texas Rangers to be honored with the Frick Award, which was first presented in 1978. He was a finalist for the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Frick Awards.
Nadel was honored at the Hall of Fame's Awards Presentation on July 26, 2014 in Cooperstown, New York, along with 2014 J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner Roger Angell and Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Joe Garagiola.
Nadel is an eight-time selection of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Texas Sportscaster of the Year Award (1999, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015) and was twice honored by the Associated Press for best play-by-play in Texas. He was inducted as the 15th member of the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame on August 11, 2012.
Nadel joined the Rangers in 1979 and called games on television and radio in his first three seasons. Beginning in 1982, he began a 13-year run with Mark Holtz as the radio team on WBAP while returning to the television booth for one year in 1984. Nadel became the team's lead radio voice on KRLD Radio when Holtz moved to television in 1995.
Nadel is a graduate of Brown University, where he called football and hockey on the college radio station. He had Minor League hockey play-by-play stints in Muskegon, MI, Oklahoma City, Dallas and Fort Worth, and was also the radio voice of the Dallas Diamonds of the Women's Professional Basketball League. Nadel has spent several offseasons learning Spanish and has taken part in Spanish game broadcasts in numerous Latin American countries.
He is also the author of four books, including his latest work, LIM-ERIC!, an illustrated book of limericks published in November 2018. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of that book is going to the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation. Nadel also wrote Texas Rangers: The Authorized History, which was released in 1997.
Eric is very active in the local music scene, annually presenting a Birthday Benefit Concert for Focus on Teens, for which he is a member of the Board of Directors, at Dallas' Kessler Theater. This year's concert on May 2 stars Parker Millsap and Daphne Willis. He is also staging a monthly Sunday concert series at Cafe Momentum. He is very involved in numerous mental health causes, serving as a spokesman for the national Campaign to Change Direction and for Texas State of Mind. He is a long-time animal activist and raised the funds for the construction of the first leash-free dog park in North Texas at Mockingbird Point in Dallas.
A 1991 inductee in the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame, Nadel and his wife, Jeannie, reside in Dallas and Durango, CO with their dog, Kirby, a terrier mix.
Matt Hicks is in his seventh full season in the Texas Rangers radio booth after joining the broadcasts in June 2012.
Hicks came to the Rangers from the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Houston Astros Texas League affiliate, where he had served as Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations since 2005. In that role, he was the primary play-by-play voice on all radio broadcasts and called Hooks television games on Fox Sports Southwest's Astros Minor League Game of the Week from 2007-09.
Hicks has 30 years of professional baseball play-by-play experience, making stops with Frederick of the Carolina League from 1989-94 and El Paso of the Texas League from 1995-2004 before becoming an inaugural employee at Corpus Christi. He is a former winner of the Radio Broadcaster of the Year Award in El Paso and in 2016 was inducted into the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame.
In addition, Hicks has extensive experience broadcasting college basketball with Mount St. Mary's College (Emmitsburg, MD), James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA), the University of Texas-El Paso, New Mexico State University, and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He was also the first play-by-play voice of the El Paso Buzzards of the Western Professional Hockey League. During his time in Corpus Christi, Hicks also broadcast high school football on the Texas Sports Radio Network's CCISD Game of the Week.
Hicks is a graduate of the University of Maryland in College Park, where he called baseball, football, basketball, and lacrosse on WMUC Radio. The native of Washington, D.C. also was an extra in the movie Major League II, appearing in scenes featuring Bob Uecker, A.K.A. Harry Doyle.
Hicks and his wife, Estelle have a son Nathaniel and reside in Keller. Matt also has a daughter, Amy, who lives in West Virginia.
Pre-and Post-Game Host
Jared Sandler is in his fifth season as the full-time pre and postgame host for the Texas Rangers Radio Network. He also fills in on radio play-by-play for selected Rangers' games.
In addition to his duties with the Rangers, Jared also fulfills various on-air responsibilities with the team's flagship, 105.3 The FAN, joining the station in March 2015. He is also the television voice of the Frisco RoughRiders, the Rangers' Texas League affiliate, and the Texas Legends of the NBA's G League.
A native of Dallas, Sandler previously worked for 103.3 FM ESPN as an on-air host. Prior to his return to DFW, he spent two years with ESPN 100.9 FM/Great Lakes Loons (Midwest League), calling play-by-play for baseball, basketball, and football, as well as hosting the region's highest-rated afternoon drive sports talk show.
A graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) in 2011, Sandler earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a minor in Entrepreneurial Studies. While at USC, in addition to directing the student-led sports radio station and working with ESPN 710 in Los Angeles, Jared also was a member of the school's baseball program, serving as a practice player and aiding in baseball operations.
In December 2018, Sandler held the second annual Jared Sandler's Swinging Fore A Cause event to benefit the Greater Dallas area of Special Olympics Texas. He and his wife Emily reside in Dallas.
Ryan Rouillard serves as the radio broadcaster for the Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Rangers. The 2019 season campaign marks his fourth season in the booth for the Riders and his seventh season broadcasting baseball.
Rouillard grew up in Mercer Island, Washington and attended the University of Oregon. He currently resides in Frisco.
Jeff Hem serves as the Director of Broadcasting for the Nashville Sounds, the Rangers' new Triple-A affiliate, and enters his eighth season as the team's play-by-play voice.
Jeff arrived in Nashville in 2012 after spending the previous seven seasons as play-by-play voice of the Single-A Kane County Cougars of the Midwest League.
Career highlights for Jeff include making his regular-season major league broadcast debut last June with the Oakland A's against the Chicago White Sox, calling the Triple-A All-Star Game last July in Columbus, Ohio, and broadcasting the inaugural game at the Sounds' First Tennessee Park on April 17, 2015. During his time in Kane County, he also broadcast from Wrigley Field in 2008 and 2010, when his Cougars club faced the Peoria Chiefs on the Chicago Cubs' home field, and from Busch Stadium in 2011 when the Cougars played Quad Cities in a matchup of Royals-Cardinals affiliates.
During the baseball off-season, Jeff calls the play-by-play action for numerous high school and college basketball and football games. A graduate of the University of Iowa, Jeff began his broadcasting career while in college before gaining his position with Kane County. He and his wife, Alissa, are natives of Aurora, Ill., and have two children: daughter Greta and son Hudson.
Down East Wood Ducks
Matt Present joins the Rangers organization this season as the Down East Wood Ducks Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations. This will be Present's second year in the Carolina League, and third in professional baseball. Last year he served as a broadcaster and media relations assistant for the Lynchburg Hillcats (Indians Adv.-A), after serving in a similar role the year before, for the York Revolution of the Atlantic League.
This offseason, Present has worked for Learfield IMG College, where he is the studio host for Charlotte 49ers football and basketball broadcasts. A native of Silver Spring, Maryland, Present attended the University of Maryland, graduating with a degree in broadcast journalism in 2016. While at Maryland, Present had the opportunity to broadcast a variety of different sports for the student radio station and Big Ten Netowork Student U, and was a co-founder of the Maryland Baseball Network.