|BILL BROWN - ASTROS PLAY-BY-PLAY
Bill Brown returns to Astros broadcasts in 2013 to mark his 27th season as the club’s primary play-by-play voice on television. A veteran of over 30 years of broadcasting MLB games, Brown’s honors and achievements as the TV voice of the Astros are plentiful. Bill was presented with the Fred Hartman Award for Long and Meritorious Service at the 2012 Houston Baseball Dinner in February. He represented the Astros on the fan ballot for the 2012 Ford C. Frick Award. Brown was inducted into the Houston Media Wall of Honor in September of 2011, and honored by the Astros with a pregame ceremony in June of 2011, recognizing his 25 seasons with the club. Brown was honored by the Texas Italian-American Sports Foundation, receiving an award for “outstanding accomplishments as a television broadcaster for the Houston Astros and community service.” He was a finalist for the 2010 National Sportscaster and Sportswriters Association Texas Sportscaster of the Year Award. He was inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame on November 12, 2004. Bill is a member of the Advisory Board at Houston Taping for the Blind and has been a volunteer reader for 16 years. Bill joined the Astros in 1987 after working as Senior Producer and anchor of the Financial News Network’s SCORE program. Prior to that assignment, he was Sports Director of the Sports Time Cable Network, which televised selected games of the Reds, Royals and Cardinals. Brown spent one year with HSE in Pittsburgh and was the television voice of the Cincinnati Reds from 1976-82. Brown has coauthored two books. The first, My Baseball Journey, A Sportscaster’s Story coauthored by Tim Gregg, documents his career and personal influences (2012), and the second, Houston Astros: Deep in the Heart, coauthored by Mike Acosta, gives a pictorial history of the Houston Astros (2013). Bill and his wife, Dianne, reside in Houston. They have one daughter, Allison, and three grandchildren: Luke, 11, Emma Kate, 9, and Caitlynn, 6.
|ALAN ASHBY - ASTROS ANALYST/PLAY-BY-PLAY
Alan Ashby returns to Astros broadcasts and will serve as a color analyst and play-by-play announcer. Most recently, Ashby had been calling games on radio for the Toronto Blue Jays for the past six seasons (2007-12). Ashby’s hiring marks a return to Houston for the popular former Astros player and radio broadcaster. Ashby spent 11 of his 17 Major League seasons as a catcher with the Astros from 1979-89, during which he was a part of three postseason teams. From 1998-2006, Ashby worked as the Astros color analyst on radio alongside Hall of Famer Milo Hamilton. Prior to his broadcasting career, Ashby also served as a coach and minor league manager in the Astros farm system. In 1999, he was named to the all-time Astrodome team and in 2000 was inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame.
|GEOFF BLUM - ASTROS ANALYST
Geoff Blum, who recently retired after 14 Major League seasons as an infielder (1999-2012), will make the transition from the playing field to the broadcast booth in 2013. During his playing career, Blum had two stints with the Astros, totaling five seasons in Houston (2002-03, 2008-10). A switch-hitter, Blum was known as one of the top pinch hitters and utility players in the game, appearing at all four infield positions for nine straight seasons (2000-08). He appeared in the postseason in three seasons (2005-06, 2011).
|ART HOWE - ASTROS ANALYST
Art Howe is a former Major League player, coach, and manager and is a studio analyst for Astros telecasts on CSN Houston. As a player, Howe appeared in 891 games from 1974-1985 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Astros, and St. Louis Cardinals. Following his playing career, he served as a coach for the Texas Rangers and Colorado Rockies. Howe managed a total of 2,266 major league games, guiding the Astros (1989-93), Oakland A’s (1996-2002), and New York Mets (2003-04). During his time in Oakland, Howe was a central figure in what would become the book and movie, Moneyball.
|MIKE STANTON - ASTROS ANALYST
Mike Stanton is an Astros studio analyst for CSN Houston. A three-time World Series champion, Stanton pitched in 1,178 games from 1989-2007 and owns the record for most holds (266) in MLB history. Stanton was a member of the New York Yankees during their three-straight World Series wins (1998-2000), and was known as the set-up man for closer Mariano Rivera.
|BILL WORRELL - ROCKETS PLAY-BY-PLAY
One of the most familiar faces within the Houston sports scene, Bill Worrell’s broadcasting career spans more than 37 years. Worrell, who won a Lone Star Emmy in 2011 for best play-by-play announcer, begins his 30th season as the play-by-play announcer for Rockets telecasts. Worrell broke into the television business in 1970 shortly after graduating from the University of Houston, where he attended on a baseball scholarship. His first assignment was with KPRC Channel 2, where he served as sports director from 1974-1980. During that time, he received six “Best Sportscaster” awards from the United Press International and the Texas Association of Broadcasters. Worrell was one of the original employees for Home Sports Entertainment, Houston’s first sports cable channel. He signed the network on the air January 3, 1983, with a pre-game broadcast prior to the network’s inaugural event, a Rockets home game. Worrell quickly established himself as one of Houston’s most versatile sportscasters. He served as an analyst on Houston Astros telecasts from 1985-2004, and has been the TV voice of the Rockets for the past 28 seasons. He has also broadcast play-by-play for the Houston Oilers and a variety of college sports. During his career, Worrell has covered and reported on numerous national sports events, including the Super Bowl, Kentucky Derby, Indianapolis 500, Major League Baseball Playoffs and NCAA Basketball Tournaments. A civic leader as well as broadcaster, Worrell generously donates his time to numerous charities and organizations and serves as master of ceremonies for many events. He currently serves on the Board of My Friends Foundation for at risk children. In 1998, he was awarded Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Houston School of Communication.
|MATT BULLARD - ROCKETS ANALYST @bull50
Matt Bullard serves as a color analyst for Rockets coverage on CSN. Bullard, who was nominated for a Lone Star Emmy award in 2010 for his work on the Rockets telecasts, handles the analyst duties for every game. He previously served as a substitute color analyst for Rockets local television broadcasts. A 12-year veteran of the NBA, Bullard spent seven seasons as the radio color analyst for home broadcasts of the Houston Comets of the WNBA. Bullard started serving as Comets radio color commentator while still playing with the Rockets. Bullard began his NBA career with the Rockets in 1990-91. He played nine seasons in Houston, including the 1993-94 NBA championship campaign. Bullard also spent the 1995-96 season with the Atlanta Hawks and was a member of the Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets in 2001- 02 and 2002-03. He finished his college basketball career at Iowa after transferring from Colorado following his sophomore season. Bullard has been featured in weekly NBA segments on KPRC-TV Sports Sunday, as well as on SportsRadio 610. He was also a finalist on season three of the ESPN reality show Dream Job in 2005. He and his wife, Paula, have a daughter, Sara, and a son, A.J. Bullard, who is an avid fisherman and enjoys playing the drums, continues hosting his annual Matt Bullard Basketball Camp in The Woodlands, TX.
|CLYDE DREXLER - ROCKETS ANALYST
Houston legend Clyde Drexler, a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member, handles game commentary duties for all home games and postseason contests. A native of Houston, Drexler first gained fame with Hakeem Olajuwon as a member of “Phi Slamma Jamma” at the University of Houston. A decade later, “The Glide” returned to his hometown in 1995 to help “The Dream” deliver Houston’s second consecutive NBA championship. During his time with the Rockets, Drexler was honored on the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and became the third player in NBA history to collect 20,000 points, 6,000 rebounds and 6,000 assists in a career. In 219 games with the Rockets, the 10-time NBA All-Star averaged 19.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.88 steals. A member of the original “Dream Team,” Drexler finished his NBA career with averages of 20.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.03 steals in 15 seasons with Portland and Houston. He still ranks 25th in NBA history with 22,195 career points and seventh with 2,207 career steals. Drexler lives in Houston with his wife, Gaynell, and family.
|CALVIN MURPHY - ROCKETS STUDIO ANALYST
Known for his entertaining style in addition to his flashy suits, Calvin Murphy serves as the in-studio host for Rockets Pregame Live and Rockets Postgame Live. Murphy played guard for the Rockets from 1970-1983 and is a 1993 inductee of the Basketball Hall of Fame. He was drafted by the San Diego Rockets (now the Houston Rockets) as the first pick in the second round (18th overall) of the 1970 NBA Draft. In his first season, Murphy was nominated to the NBA All-Rookie team. Murphy set the NBA record for most consecutive free throws made, as well as a record for highest free throw percentage in 1980-81. He set many records within the Rockets organization, including that of all-time leading scorer until being surpassed in 1994 by Hakeem Olajuwon. Before basketball Murphy was a world class baton twirler. He says that he was “bullied into it” as his mother and all six of his sisters were twisters. As an 8th grader, in 1963, he won a national championship in baton twirling. His reputation as a twirler earned him invitations to perform at major sporting events and the 1964 New York World’s Fair. In 1977, at the height of his basketball career, Murphy won the Texas State Men’s Twirling Championship.
|GLENN DAVIS - DYNAMO PLAY-BY-PLAY @GlennDavisSoc
Nationally recognized broadcaster Glenn Davis has called three World Cups for ESPN and two Olympics for NBC, and had been the TV voice of Dynamo soccer since 2006. Davis has called MLS games since it’s inception in 1996 and has done World Cup qualifiers and matches in countries around the world. He has also called Copa America, Italian Serie A, UEFA Champions League, NCAA College Cup finals to name a few. A rarity in the play by play role in that he is a former professional soccer player having played for the Houston Dynamos (USL), Albany Capitals (ASL), Columbus Capitals (ASL) and Pennsylvania Stoners in the ASL , USL and AISA as central defender and All Star. Davis was a director of the Hurricanes Soccer Club for 11 years in the Bear Creek Area, and numerous players from that program went on to the college level and to MLS. Davis started soccer programming on the radio in 2001 on 90.1 KPFT until it’s move to mainstream radio where today he hosts Dynamo All Access on YSR 1560 and Soccer Matters on Espn 97.5 FM.Davis organizes the KICK CANCER Charity soccer camp in Houston yearly with the amazing support of the Houston Soccer Community.
|EDDIE ROBINSON - DYNAMO ANALYST
In January 2012, Eddie Robinson retired from Major League Soccer to join the front office of the Houston Dynamo. The four-time MLS Cup winner works with the Dynamo Academy, serves as a color commentator for TV broadcasts and works with Dynamo Charities as an ambassador to the Houston community. An 11-year veteran of MLS, Robinson played five seasons with the San Jose Earthquakes before moving with the club to Houston in 2006. Robinson quickly established himself as a fan favorite among the Dynamo faithful. The 34-year-old center back won two MLS Cup championships with the Earthquakes (2001 and 2003) and two with the Dynamo (2006 and 2007). In six seasons in Houston, Robinson played 96 regular season matches in addition to nine playoff contests. A native of Greensboro, N.C., Robinson played four seasons at the University of North Carolina before the Earthquakes selected him with the 20th overall pick in the 2001 MLS SuperDraft. Robinson was named to the MLS All-Star team in 2006 and the MLS Best XI squad in 2007.