New Texas Rangers announcer John Rhadigan will be learning on the job

by Mel Bracht Modified: February 24, 2011 at 5:10 pm •  Published: February 24, 2011

Rhadigan, 49, will be learning on the job. A native of Brighton, Mich., Rhadigan has broadcast only a limited number of events. He called basketball games of his alma mater, Oakland (Mich.) University, after he graduated in 1983. Since joining Fox Sports Southwest in 2001, he's done a few events such as Texas Collegiate League baseball all-star games and Texas spring football games.

�I had told the people at Fox, �Any time you can work me in on play-by-play, I'd like to do that,� he said.

But most of his work for Fox Sports Southwest has been as a sideline reporter and studio host, including handling �Thunder Live� and college football studio shows. Rhadigan wraps up his FSN duties this weekend, although he said he may freelance for the network in the offseason. He jokes he has been a good-luck charm for the Thunder, with the team going 20-5 in games this season in which he has hosted �Thunder Live.�

�They are such a fun team to cover,� he said.

Rhadigan said he is eager to get to spring training in Surprise, Ariz., and calling games. He said he has done about 15 practice games by using video from past Rangers games and plans to work three webcasts with Grieve from March 9-11. He will make his debut on the Rangers TV network on March 12 against the Chicago White Sox and then on FSN on March 13 against the San Francisco Giants.

�I can't imagine that there could be a better time to join an organization between what happened on the field � going to their first ever World Series � then also with the ownership group that took over late last season,� he said. �It's an unbelievable atmosphere around the ballpark right now. It's really, really a family. I'm really excited about a long-term relationship with the club.�

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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