World Series: Radio voices have Oklahoma ties
It’s an Oklahoma World Series — Cardinals vs. Rangers — and that’s reflected in more than just the fan passion toward these franchises. Each team’s radio play-by-play voice has Oklahoma ties.
The Rangers’ Eric Nadel was the Oklahoma City Blazers’ radio voice for the 1975-76 season. While calling games for the Muskegon Mohawks of the low-level International Hockey League, Nadel saw the Blazers’ ad in the Hockey News for a radio voice. General manager Ray Miron hired Nadel in summer 1975. Nadel stayed just one year before the Blazers’ parent team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, combined their operation with the Chicago BlackHawks. Nadel became the radio voice of the Dallas Black Hawks, and in Dallas, Nadel was heard by the Rangers. The baseball club hired Nadel, and now he’s in his 35th year with the franchise.
The Cardinals’ radio voice is John Rooney, who called Oklahoma City 89er games in 1981 and 1982. He now is in his 25th season in the major leagues, having worked for the Twins in 1987, the White Sox from 1988-2005 and the Cardinals since 2006. Rooney, a Missourian, was working at legendary St. Louis station KMOX in 1981 but was far down the ladder. He heard about the 89er opening (and Oklahoma City University basketball), applied and got the job.
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