Hildebrandt: An interview with Tigers radio announcer Dan Dickerson

From Chuck Hildebrandt, chair of SABR’s Baseball and the Media Committee, at SABRMedia.org on April 23, 2015:

This is the first in a periodic series of interviews, called “Working the Game”, with some of the broadcasting and journalism professionals who work every day in baseball. Loosely based on the Slate podcast “Working”, these interviews attempt to reveal what it is like to work as a baseball media professional on a day to day basis.

This first interview takes place with Dan Dickerson, the play-by-play announcer for the Detroit Tigers Radio Network. Dickerson is a veteran Michigan sports announcer who is serving his 16th season in the booth, and his 13th as the lead play-by-play radio voice of the Tigers. Dickerson made his Tigers debut in 2000 alongside Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell. Dickerson is available on Twitter at @Dan_Dickerson.

When did you become aware that you wanted to seriously pursue a career as a baseball broadcaster?

Fall term, freshman year, Ohio Wesleyan, 1976, I fell into radio.  They had a 10-watt radio station and you could do anything you wanted. I was a DJ, but then I saw there was a need for someone to do Ohio Wesleyan football, and that was my first play-by-play. I was sitting in the pressbox, corrugated plastic around two chairs and a table, and I was in hog heaven!  So I got hooked on it.

Read the full article here: http://sabrmedia.org/2015/04/23/working-the-game-an-interview-with-dan-dickerson-detroit-tigers-radio/

Originally published: April 23, 2015. Last Updated: April 23, 2015.