Eric Nadel is in his 38th year broadcasting Texas Rangers baseball, the longest tenure of any announcer in the history of the franchise. He is in his 22nd year as the lead voice on the Texas Rangers radio broadcasts.
A four-time finalist for the Ford C. Frick Award, which is presented annually for excellence in broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Nadel won this prestigious award in 2014 and was honored at the Hall of Fame’s Awards Presentation on July 26, 2014, in Cooperstown, New York. He was inducted as the 15th member of the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame on August 12, 2012. Nadel is a seven-time recipient of the Texas Sportcaster of the Year Award, and two-time winner of the Associated Press award for best play-by-play in Texas.
A graduate of Brown University, where he called football and hockey on the college radio station, he also had minor league hockey play-by-play stints in Michigan, Oklahoma and Texas, and was the radio voice of the Dallas Diamonds of the Women’s Professional Basketball League.
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.
Nadel’s charity for this year’s event is Focus on Teens, which serves homeless teens in Dallas Independent School District schools.
Brad Sham is in his 38th season as the radio play-by-play voice of the Dallas Cowboys, the longest tenure of any announcer in the history of the franchise.
His 46-year career includes 27 Cotton Bowl Classics, NCAA Division I Basketball Championship, NCAA football, as well as the NFL and the 1998 Nagano Olympic Games for CBS Radio/Westwood One. His TV credits include FC Dallas and Major League Soccer, the NFL on CBS and FOX, the Final Four for NCAA TV, NASCAR on DirecTV, Arena League football and NFL Europe for Fox Sports Net, and college basketball for ESPN Region and the Big 12 Network.
A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Sham is an 11-time recipient of the Texas Sportscaster of the Year, has won eight Katie Awards from the Press Club of Dallas, and was an inaugural inductee into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2002.
Brad’s memorable calls include Emmitt Smith breaking the NFL career rushing record and Ricky Williams breaking the then-NCAA rushing record, as well as being on the mike with Eric Nadel for the Rangers’ first-ever playoff appearance in 1996.
Sham’s charity for this year’s Talk of the Town event is New Friends New Life.
Chuck Cooperstein just completed his 11th season as the radio play-by-play voice of the Dallas Mavericks. He has been a regular on the Dallas/Fort Worth sports scene since 1984 and has been an anchor on ESPN 103.3 FM since the station’s inception in 2001. During the off-season he hosts a nightly talk show.
Cooperstein’s extensive sports broadcasting background includes play-by-play stints with TCU and the University of Texas football, as well as TCU, Texas A&M and SMU basketball. He has broadcast NCAA Basketball for Westwood One since 1991 and Westwood One college football since 1995, including seven games in the 2015 season. He has also hosted the Dallas Cowboys pregame shows and is a regular guest lecturer at area universities.
Cooperstein has received a Katie Award for his play-by-play expertise from the Press Club of Dallas. The Long Island native has a bachelor of science in broadcasting from the University of Florida.
Among his most memorable calls were the final minutes of Game 6 in the 2011 NBA Finals, in which the Dallas Mavericks won the Championship, defeating the Miami Heat 105 to 95. His final call, in which he said “the Mavericks have scaled the NBA playoff mountain and have planted their flag,” is still one of the most talked about calls in the business.
Cooperstein’s charity, for the third year in a row, is Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.
Dave Strader is currently the TV play-by-play announcer for the NHL Dallas Stars. Strader was the No. 2 play-by-play for NHL on NBC and NHL on the NBC Sports Network until the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. From 2006-2015 he broadcasted the Stanley Cup Finals in English on the NHL’s international feed.
While hockey has been his main focus, Strader has also called college basketball, WNBA and NBDL games.
Dave Strader’s professional broadcasting career began as the radio announcer and public relations director for the Adirondack Red Wings on the AHL from 1979-1985. A two-time New York State Broadcasters Association honoree, Strader was named the AHL’s top public relations professional in 1984.
In 2006, Strader provided hockey play-by-play for NBC’s coverage of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Strader also covered the Battle 4 Atlantis men’s college basketball preseason tournament on the NBC Sports Network alongside Donny Marshall.
Dave Strader’s charity for this year’s Talk of the Town is the Dallas Stars Foundation.