Charlie Slowes Biography
Charlie Slowes (born c. 1961) is an American sportscaster. Slowes is the radio play-by-play announcer for the Washington Nationals. Before becoming the Nationals’ radio announcer, Slowes was the radio voice of the Washington Bullets from 1986 to 1997.
After 11 seasons with the Bullets, he joined the expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1998 as their radio play-by-play announcer, a position he held until 2004 when he joined the Nationals the next year. Since 2006, he has teamed with Dave Jageler for Washington Nationals broadcasts.
Slowes’ broadcasting style typically features home run calls of “Going, going, gone, goodbye!” and “Bang, zoom go the fireworks!” as well as the call “A Curly W [referring to the Nationals’ logo] is in the books!” when the Nationals win.
A native of The Bronx, New York City, and a 1983 graduate of Fordham University, Slowes had also called play-by-play for the Baltimore Orioles and New York Mets. He began his career at KMOX Radio in St. Louis where he worked alongside broadcasting greats Jack Buck and Bob Costas. He has also worked for ESPN, NBC Sports, CBS Radio Sports, Mutual/Westwood One, SportsPhone, and the minor league AAA Tidewater Tides.
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Slower was born in 1961.
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Slowes sees big things for Harper, Nationals heading into the season
WASHINGTON — Broadcaster Charlie Slowes is never at a loss for words. In fact, he had a lot to say about the 2016 Nationals. The topics ranged from new manager Dusty Baker, MVP Bryce Harper to the National League East race between Washington and the Mets.
It’s interesting what Slowes had to say about Harper in a video put together by MLB.com. Harper can do even better than last season, which was his NL MVP campaign.
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After a disappointing season in 2015, the Nationals can fly under the radar. Unlike last year, they are not the favorites to win a World Series title.
“The Cubs, with all the moves that they’ve made in the National League Central, the Mets, of course, won the East, won the National League pennant and went to the World Series,” Slowes said. “Now, there’s going to be expectations on a club that didn’t have any last year.
I think the Nationals come into this year flying a little bit under the radar. But the biggest difference with this club as they start the year is they’re healthy, knock on wood. Last year, they had so many injuries at this time that the Nationals really weren’t ready to start the season when the bell tolled.”
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Charlie Slowes became an original voice of the Nationals on February 24, 2005, in time for their inaugural spring training broadcasts. Slowes called the first pitch in club history and many other historic firsts that season and his trademark tag lines, “Bang Zoom go the Fireworks,” and “A Curly ‘W’ is in the books,” after Nationals victories soon became part of the Beltway baseball lexicon.
The 2019 season marks Slowes’ 15th with the Nationals, his 22nd consecutive year calling Major League Baseball, and 27th overall. He enters the campaign having called 3,447 Major League regular-season and Postseason games, including 2,284 with the Nationals. Several moments in 2005 rank in Slowes’ top Nationals highlights, along with Jayson Werth’s memorable walk-off home run in Game 4 of the 2012 National League Division series.
Calling Max Scherzer’s 20-strikeout game, three no-hitters in just over a calendar year — thrown by Jordan Zimmermann (Sept. 28, 2014) and Scherzer (June 20 & Oct. 3, 2015) — and Bryce Harper’s three-homer game in 2015 are also among Slowes’ career highlights.
Baseball’s return to the nation’s capital in 2005 also marked a return to Washington for Slowes, named the radio voice of the NBA’s Washington Bullets in 1986 at just 25 years of age. Slowes called Bullets games through the 1996-97 season, including two years of radio/TV simulcasts.
The eleven-year run was then a franchise record, eclipsed by Slowes’ successor and current Wizards’ voice, Dave Johnson. Slowes made the switch to Major League Baseball full-time in 1998 as an original radio voice of the Tampa Bay Rays, calling their first seven seasons. Slowes had previously called games for the New York Mets (1988 &1991) on WFAN-AM, the Baltimore Orioles (1989-90) on WBAL-AM, and on the network level for NBC-TV and CBS Radio. Slowes also called Triple-A baseball for the Tidewater Tides on radio and TV in 1986, 1988, 1991 and 1992.
Slowes is among the ever-growing list (starting with legendary Ford Frick Award winner and Hall of Famer Vin Scully) to have entered sports broadcasting after graduating from Fordham University in his native New York City, and having honed his skills on Fordham’s 50,000-watt blowtorch, WFUV 90.7 FM.
Slowes’ first career break came not long after graduation, early in 1984 at KMOX Radio in St. Louis, where for three years he was exposed to the likes of Ford Frick Award winners, the late Jack Buck, and broadcasting great Bob Costas. In three years in St. Louis, Slowes was involved in broadcasts of St. Louis Cardinals baseball, St. Louis Cardinals football, St. Louis Blues hockey and play-by-play of St. Louis University basketball.
In three-plus decades as a play-by-play broadcaster, Slowes has also called boxing for ESPN, MISL soccer for the New York Arrows (1983) and college basketball at the University of South Florida.
During the Nationals’ 2012 NL East Division Championship chase, Slowes joined MLB Network’s afternoon show, “The Rundown,” and will again report for the TV network in 2019. On February 22, 2018, Slowes called play-by-play for his third Washington pro sports team when he stepped in for John Walton to fill-in on Washington Capitals radio while Walton was calling hockey at the Winter Olympics.
Slowes’ family – Charlie, his wife, Tina, and sons, James (25), and Alex (21) – splits time between homes in Alexandria, Virginia, during the season, and Palm Harbor, FL, during the off-season.