Johnny Holliday, Host of Nats Xtra
One of the finest play-by-play announcers in the country, Johnny Holliday returns for his third year with MASN as the co-host of Nats Xtra, the exclusive pre-game and post-game show. In addition to his baseball duties, Holliday has spent 30 years as the “Voice of the Terrapins.” In addition to calling the action for the Maryland football and basketball teams, Holliday hosts the Ralph Friedgen and Gary Williams television shows. As the Terps’ director of broadcasting, he also handles a myriad of speaking duties within the athletics department, ranging from banquets to golf outings.
His long list of credits includes ABC’s coverage of the 2000 and 1996 Summer Olympics and the Winter and Summer Olympics in 1984, 1988 and 1994. In addition, he has covered championship boxing, The Masters, and the Liberty and Aloha bowls.
Holliday’s announcing career allows him to lay claim as Washington’s most versatile broadcaster, and among the best nationally. Whether in radio, where he was named America’s No. 1 disc jockey during his rock ‘n roll deejay days, or his public address duties with the Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders, and Golden State Warriors, to his work in Washington television for the Senators and Bullets, Holliday makes a complicated business look easy.
A native of Miami, Fla., Holliday began his broadcasting career in Perry, Ga., and through the years has worked in four of the nation’s prime radio markets: Cleveland, New York, San Francisco and Washington. Washingtonian magazine honored him as a Washingtonian of the Year for his many civic activities. His basketball and softball teams, the Radio Wonders, have raised more than $1 million for charity. In October 2003, he was inducted into the Radio-Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame.