How often do you listen to the Rangers on the radio?
More than likely, not often enough. With a TV in most living rooms, bedrooms, some kitchens and bathrooms and even some backyards – along with the increasing popularity of MLB.TV where you can watch a game live on your phone or tablet – radio has fallen from the secondary source for a game even further down the list.
So, for those of you who rarely or never catch a Rangers broadcast on the radio, I invite you to partake in a fun experiment. Next time you sit down to watch the game, mute your TV and tune in to the Rangers broadcast on radio (ESPN, 103.3FM) and enjoy Eric Nadel. You’ll thank me later. Just be sure you don’t tune in too early and inadvertently catch any Randy Galloway…might sour the experience.
Some of you may already employ this method of enjoying a Rangers game. For some of you, radio may be the only option. For many, you know how great Eric Nadel is, but TV still makes up 90% or more of your Rangers broadcast experience.
For sentimental reasons, I try to listen to games on the radio as often as possible. I’m not going to tell you that I tune in to the radio “mute for Nadel” every game or even half the time, but listening to a game on the radio can sometimes be more relaxing and when possible, I let Eric Nadel paint the picture for me.
Nadel, who is in his 34th season of Rangers broadcasting and was inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame in August, and is one of 41 nominees for the 2013 Ford Frick Award.
Rangers television broadcasters Tom Grieve and Steve Busby also made the list of 41 nominees.
Per Barry Bloom (MLB.com), “The field for the prestigious award sponsored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame will be narrowed to 10 finalists — three from the pool of 41 names and another seven selected by a Hall of Fame committee.”
Call to Action for Rangers Fans
The award, given annually since 1978 to a broadcaster with a long career of excellent service announcing Major League Baseball, was won this year by FOX broadcaster and former big league catcher Tim McCarver.
The winner will be honored at the Hall of Fame’s awards presentation on July 27, 2013 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, N.Y. The induction ceremony for any new electees to the Hall is slated for July 28 in a field adjacent to the Clark Sports Center.
Let’s make this happen. Eric really is one of the best in the business and deserves to make it to the Final 10.
Some Nadel Gold to brighten your Tuesday