With only limited play-by-play experience, FSN studio host John Rhadigan was a surprise choice to replace longtime TV voice Josh Lewin on the Texas Rangers telecasts.
Lewin's entertainment approach wasn't popular with some fans and Rangers management, as he worked in a variety of topics in his broadcasts with analyst Tom Grieve. Lewin's duties as San Diego Chargers' radio announcer also didn't win him any points with the Rangers.
After initially interviewing a few veteran announcers for the job, the Rangers turned to Rhadigan, whom they had grown to like from his experience with �Rangers Live� pregame and postgame shows and emceeing team events. Rhadigan said the team at first wasn't sure he wanted the job because he had told them in past seasons he didn't want to cover all the road games.
�I only don't like the travel if I don't have an offseason,� said Rhadigan, who is married and has a 16-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son. �But I don't want to do 162 games in 180 days, not see my family at all for the entire summer, and then jump back into my all other duties (for FSN).�
It wasn't the first time he was a candidate for the Rangers' TV job. In 1997, the Rangers auditioned him and Bill Jones after announcer Mark Holtz was forced off the air because of leukemia that later claimed his life. Jones got the job that time.
Rhadigan said he will approach the Rangers' job like he has other sports assignments for Dallas NBC affiliate KXAS-TV, which he joined in 1990, and then FSN, as a �modern-day storyteller.�
�I love telling stories,� Rhadigan said. �I feel like I'm going to be in the booth, talking to Tom (Grieve) and telling the stories of the Texas Rangers. I think it will be a fairly colloquial and easy to listen to story time approach. I will try to make it as inside as I can. I know people do like to get to know the players on a personal level.�