HOUSTON, TX - Houston Astros radio play-by-play announcer Robert Ford and Dallas Mavericks broadcaster Chuck Cooperstein each have been named 2022 Texas Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sports Media Association (NSMA). Ford, who joined the Astros radio broadcast along with partner Steve Sparks in 2013, will be in his 11th season with the Astros in 2023.
In that span, Ford has been the lead radio voice for what has been the Golden Era of Astros baseball, which includes seven postseasons, six consecutive trips to the American League Championship Series (2017-22), four American League pennants (2017, 2019, 2021, 2022) and two World Series titles (2017, 2022). Since 2015, Ford and Sparks have called 92 postseason games, which are, by far, the most in all of sports in that span.
Prior to making it to the Major Leagues, Ford, who is a 2001 graduate of Syracuse University, broadcast minor league baseball for seven seasons, with stops at Binghamton, Kalamazoo and Yakima. In that span, he twice was named Frontier League Broadcaster of the Year (2003-04). In 2009, Ford joined the Kansas City Royals, serving as their radio pregame and postgame host before joining the Astros in 2013.
Ford is the first Astros broadcaster to earn the NSMA Texas Sportscaster of the Year Award since Bill Brown in 2013.