Brad Nessler

Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame

Brad Nessler

Inducted 2010

Brad Nessler, one of the top football and basketball announcers in the industry, grew up in St. Charles, Minnesota. His first experience in broadcasting was at Mankato State University station KMSU.  After graduating in 1977 Brad landed his first professional job at Mankato station KYSM as a drive-time host and sports reporter, and later moved to KEEZ.  In 1980 he went to WGST in Atlanta, Georgia, as sports anchor and talk show host, eventually taking over the play-by-play duties for the Atlanta Falcons.  In 1985 Brad moved to WSB Radio to continue as the play-by-play announcer, as well as work on Georgia Tech basketball and Peach Bowl broadcasts.  In 1988 he moved back to Minnesota to do Vikings play-by-play on WCCO.  Brad joined CBS Sports in 1990, doing NFL games, college football, men’s and women’s college basketball, the speed skating events at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, France, and several seasons of CBS Radio’s Monday Night Football.  In 1992 he became the lead college basketball and football commentator for ESPN, and five years later went to ABC Sports to do college football games.  From 2002 to 2004 Brad was the primary voice of the NBA on ABC and ESPN.  He currently is part of ESPN’s college football and basketball broadcasts.