Bob Carpenter, Play-by-Play
Carpenter is in his fourth year in the Nationals' broadcast booth. He joined MASN as the play-by-play announcer after 10 years in the TV booth of the St. Louis Cardinals and more than 20 in the major leagues. The St. Louis native debuted in 1984 with Cardinals baseball on the Sportstime Cable Network, then returned in '95 on KPLR-TV and KMOX Radio. He has been nominated for 4 St. Louis/Mid-America Emmys, winning twice in '96 and '97. His signature home run call, "See ... you ... later!" got local and national recognition during Mark McGwire's record-setting home run chase in '98. Carpenter also appeared on TV in the '80s and '90s with the Texas Rangers, New York Mets and Minnesota Twins.
Bob was one of ESPN's busiest announcers over a 20-year career as play-by-play announcer for MLB, college basketball and college football. He has broadcast baseball playoffs, AAA All-Star games, NCAA and NIT basketball tournaments, and college football bowl games. Studio work included College Gameday and College Football Scoreboard shows. His baseball work with ESPN paired him with former major leaguers Buck Martinez, Joe Morgan, Jim Palmer, Ray Knight, Jerry Reuss, Frank Viola and many others. On the basketball side, he worked with Dick Vitale, Bill Raftery, Larry Conley, Jim Valvano and many others.
Bob announced the 2005 NCAA Basketball Final Four in St. Louis for NCAA International TV. He handled 2 NCAA Tournaments for CBS, paired with Billy Packer, and has been courtside for 7 NCAAs overall.
Prior to ESPN, Bob handled a variety of sports for USA Network, including college basketball and football, pro golf (including The Masters) and pro tennis (including the U.S. Open).
Carpenter started his broadcasting career in 1976 as baseball play-by-play announcer for the Tulsa Oilers, the Cardinals' AAA affiliate. In over 30 years of broadcasting, he has called dozens of sports, anchored studio shows, hosted radio sports talk and covered news. He is a popular public speaker and emcee.
Carpenter is a 1971 graduate of McBride High School in St. Louis and earned a Radio-TV-Film degree with honors from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1975. Bob and Debbie, his wife of 29 years, have 2 daughters, Katie and Allison.