Texas Rangers Hall of Fame radio broadcaster Eric Nadel is the recipient of the 2015 Texas Sportscaster of the Year Award by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, it was announced today.
This marks the eighth time that Nadel, who enters his 38th year as a Rangers broadcaster in 2016, has been honored with the NSSA's award as the top Texas Sportscaster. He won the award previously in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2009, 2010, and 2011.
The 2014 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, Nadel begins his 22nd year as the lead voice on the Rangers radio broadcasts in the upcoming season. His 38 total years with the club represents 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 (48th year in 2016). Nadel was also inducted as the 15th member of the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame in August 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. Among his most memorable calls are Nolan Ryan's 5,000th career strikeout on August 22, 1989, the Rangers' major league record 30-run outburst on August 22, 2007, and the final outs of Game 6 of the 2010 and 2011 American League Championship Series which sent the franchise to its first two World Series .
The annual National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Awards Dinner will take place on June 20, 2016 in Salisbury, North Carolina. The NSSA honors a sportscaster and sportswriter from each of the 50 states as well as national winners each year. The 2015 national winners are Sportscaster of the Year Mike 'Doc' Emrick and Sportswriter of the Year Tom Verducci.