Dewayne anchors the Emmy Award-winning Fox Sports Sun telecast this year, his 42nd season broadcasting major league baseball and 20th with the Rays. Dewayne has also handled play-by- play for Fox Sports national baseball coverage. He celebrated his 6,000th MLB broadcast in 2017. Before joining the Rays, he spent three years calling play-by-play for ESPN in a variety of sports, including MLB, NCAA baseball, basketball and football. He began his major league play-by-play career as the radio and TV voice of the Houston Astros from 1977-84, then called radio and TV action for the Chicago Cubs from 1985-89. He was the lead play-by-play announcer for the New York Yankees from 1990-94, and spent the 1994-95 seasons calling the action for The Baseball Network (ABC/NBC). Staats began his career as a sports reporter for WSIE Radio while a student at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and began his baseball career as the radio voice of the Oklahoma City 89ers (1973-74). In 1975-76 he was sports director at KPLR TV in St. Louis and received an Emmy nomination. A 1975 graduate of SIU-Edwardsville, Dewayne earned Distinguished Alumnus of the Year honors in 1987 and was inducted into its Alumni Hall of Fame in 2010. Dewayne was named a finalist for the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually by the National Baseball Hall of Fame, in 2012 and 2013. He was also named the 2013 Florida Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. He and his wife, Carla, support Quantum Leap Farm and PACE Center for Girls Charities. He has two daughters, Stephanie Wheeler and Alexandra, and three grandchildren: Gabriel, Zachary and Evie.
Brian enters his seventh season as full-time television color analyst on Sun Sports and his ninth season as part of the Rays broadcast team, after providing analysis for 50 Rays games and co-hosting the Rays Live pregame shows in each of his first two seasons. Prior to joining the broadcast team, Brian served on the major league staff as assistant to the pitching coach, working under Jim Hickey from March 2008 through the 2009 season. He also filled in as broadcaster for the Cleveland Indians on Sports Time Ohio and hosted a weekly highlights show while recovering from injury in 2007. Anderson spent 13 seasons pitching in the majors with the Angels, Indians and Royals, and was a member of the 2001 World Champion Diamondbacks. He was taken third overall by the Angels in the 1993 June Draft and the following season was named Sporting News AL Rookie of the Year. He was also selected by the D-backs as their first pick in the 1997 Expansion Draft. Brian and his wife Jessica Marie were married in 2014 and they reside in St. Petersburg with their daughter Harper Marie (2). Brian also has two children from a previous marriage: Rylyn Mae (13) and Jackson James (11).
Orestes Destrade provides analysis for Fox Sports Sun's Rays LIVE pregame and postgame shows. Destrade was born in Cuba and emigrated to the United States with his family at the age of six. He graduated from Coral Park High School in Miami and later attended Florida College. Destrade was called up in September 1987 with the New York Yankees. He played in 1988 with the Pittsburgh Pirates and 1993 and 1994 for the Florida Marlins. Destrade was a member of the Florida Marlins' 1993 inaugural season. Destrade played five seasons (1989-1992 and 1995) for the Seibu Lions of the Japanese Pacific League, where he led the league in home runs for three consecutive years. He was also the MVP of the 1990 Japan Series.
Rich Hollenberg returns to the Rays broadcast team as host of the RAYS LIVE! pre- and postgame show. Among many career highlights, Rich has covered 8 Super Bowls, providing commentary and interviews live from the field. During the baseball offseason, he will continue handling play-by-play duties for college basketball on ESPN Networks and serving as a reporter for the NFL Network. A New Jersey native, Rich began his award-winning career fresh out of Syracuse University's Newhouse School, covering the New Jersey Nets. He then honed his writing/reporting skills as a writer/editorial assistant at the New York City Bureau of the Associated Press.Rich volunteers his time and efforts as an Executive Committee member of his local chapter of the American Diabetes Association. He lists skydiving, flying with the Army's Golden Knights, running two NYC Marathons, and competing in his 1st Triathlon in 2009 as some of his greatest accomplishments. But nothing compares to spending time with his wife, Jill, and his children, Jason, Lindsey, and Bryan.
Alex Corddry has joined the roster of Rays on-air talent for the 2017 season. In her new role, Corddry will serve as the in-game reporter on Rays television broadcasts this season, as well as host of select "Inside the Rays" episodes. Corddry comes to FOX Sports Sun from ESPN and SEC Network, where she covered college football. Prior to her time there, she spent three years as a sports reporter at WHDH NBC 7 in Boston, Mass. Her career experience also includes stints as a reporter for the Washington Redskins covering stories for "Redskins Nation" on Comcast SportsNet and as a reporter covering SEC sports for CBS42 in Birmingham, Ala. A Cabin John, Maryland native, Corddry attended the University of Alabama where she received a B.A. in Communication & Information Sciences.
Doug Waechter joined Fox Sports Sun's on-air team for the 2015 season. Waechter serves as an analyst on select Rays LIVE pregame and postgame shows throughout the season. A six-year Major League Baseball veteran, Waechter will provide in-depth pitching analysis from the FOX Sports studio for select Rays away games, as well as Tropicana Field for select home games. A St. Petersburg, FL native and graduate of local Northeast High School, he tallied over 200 strikeouts through the course of his career, which included stints with the Rays, Marlins and Royals.
Andy returns to the booth for his 13th season with the Rays broadcast team. He joined the Rays after serving as the voice of the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox for four seasons. Freed was also the voice of the Double-A Trenton Thunder (Red Sox) for five seasons (1996-2000). He began his play-by-play career with the St. Lucie Mets of the Class-A Florida State League in 1994-95. He began his baseball radio career as a broadcast assistant with the Orioles flagship station WBAL conducting postgame interviews for all home games during the 1990-93 seasons. His other play-by-play experience includes college basketball for ESPN Regional (2004-present), Providence College (2003-05) and Rider University (1996-2001). He also broadcast for The College of New Jersey football and Baltimore Spirit soccer. Freed is a graduate of Towson State University (Md.) where he called action for basketball, football and lacrosse during his time at school. Andy enthusiastically works with the ALS Association. In addition to reciting Lou Gehrig's famous speech at Tropicana Field every year on "ALS Night," he emcees various local events including their annual "Ride to Defeat ALS." He and his wife, Amy, reside in Parrish, Fla., with their daughter Sarah and twins Casey and Maddie.
Dave enters his 13th season in the Rays radio booth. He came to the Rays having spent 11 seasons as part of the Chicago White Sox radio broadcast team hosting the pre- and postgame shows and filling in the booth when necessary. His first play-by-play action came with the Class-A Kane County Cougars of the Midwest League from 1991-95 where he was the franchise's first radio voice. Dave was also the radio voice of University of Illinois-Chicago men's basketball from 1997-2005 and has also done some television play-by-play for the Flames. He also anchored the pre- and postgame shows for Notre Dame football and basketball and served as co-host of the Kevin White Show while with ESPN Radio 1000-Chicago. From 2000-05, Dave did television work with Comcast's Sports Weekly high school highlight show. Dave served as the pitching coach/recruiting coordinator with Elmhurst College (Ill.) in 1989 and as interim head coach at the University of Chicago in 1990. He owns bachelor's degrees in speech communication and urban studies from Elmhurst where he played baseball for three years. Dave participates in the Hillsborough County Great American Teach In, and every winter, he helps feed the homeless during Thanksmas. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have a son, Alex, and a daughter, Michelle. They reside in Lutz.
2017 is Neil's sixth season on the Rays Baseball Network as host of the pre and postgame shows as well as This Week in Rays Baseball, an hour-long network show. Before joining the Rays full time, Neil was the radio voice of the Durham Bulls from 2004-11 and filled in on the Rays pre- and postgame show from 2010-11. During his tenure with Durham, he broadcast the Triple-A All-Star Game and the Triple-A National Championship game to a nationwide audience. Prior to his tenure with the Bulls, Solondz broadcast minor league games for the Class-A Lakewood BlueClaws (Phillies) and Class-A Quad City River Bandits (Twins). He also does freelance play-by-play of college football, basketball and Olympic sports for a variety of regional networks and has worked for the North Carolina State University, Rutgers University and Delaware State University radio networks. Solondz attended Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick. He and his wife, Sari, reside in Palm Harbor with their daughters Emily and Abby.
Enrique returns for his 19th season as color analyst on the Rays Spanish broadcast. In February 2009, Enrique was inducted into the Florida College Sports Hall of Fame for his impact on the college and in life. He is the subject of the award-winning 2009 documentary Henry O!, filmed by Boston-based Rosemont Productions during the 2007 season. Born in Nicaragua, Oliu came to the United States at age 10 and attended the St. Augustine School for the Blind. He called his first professional action in 1989 for the Jacksonville Expos and then served as color commentator for the St. Petersburg Pelicans of the Senior Professional Baseball League. Prior to that, he was the public address announcer for seven years for Florida College baseball in Tampa. He also appeared as a regular contributor on Solamente Pelota ("Only Baseball") on SiriusXM, has hosted his own show on WQBN 1300 AM and has been a guest analyst on USF Spanish broadcasts and on baseball broadcasts and talk shows in Managua, Nicaragua. He has also called action for the Tampa Bay Storm Arena Football League (2003-05) and served as the Spanish voice for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002-03. Oliu owns a communications degree from the University of South Florida. This past year, he delivered the keynote address at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind's 100th commencement. He and his wife, Debbie, reside in St. Petersburg.
Ricardo begins his 15th season calling play-by-play on the Rays Spanish broadcast. The Dominican-born Taveras has 29 years of radio experience. He also serves as a sportscaster and for Mira TV Tampa. Ricardo began as a sports commentator in his native D.R. and was program director for HIVG 870 AM and HIVP 970 AM from 1990-92. He also served as assistant program director for WRIV in Providence, R.I., for three years. He and his wife, Jacqueline, reside in Tampa.