Greenhill Graduate Works His Way Back to Big Leagues of Broadcasting

Jared Sandler (right) was paired with Ted Emrich for his first ESPN Dallas broadcast, which emanated from the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Greenhill graduate Jared Sandler (right) was paired with Ted Emrich for his first ESPN Dallas broadcast, which emanated from the Byron Nelson Championship golf tournament.

Sunday may be a day when most Americans relax, but successful Realtors are working for the weekend, as evidenced by the long list of open houses in our previous post.

Jared Sandler can relate, and not just because his stepmother, Frada Sandler, is a Dave Perry-Miller associate. For the past few Sundays, the up-and-coming broadcaster has been pulling double duty on ESPN 103.3, the Dallas radio station that airs Texas Rangers and Dallas Mavericks games. He’s been hosting Rangers Magazine before contributing to the station’s Dallas Cowboys post-game show.

Those Sunday shifts are hardly the only ones on Jared’s plate. He also fills in as a host for the Rangers’ pre- and post-game shows, hosts a talk show on Saturday afternoons, and works as a producer on weekdays.

“I’ve basically done everything there is to do at the station,” said Jared, a Greenhill School graduate who returned to his hometown last spring.

So how did such a young man get a gig in a top-five radio market? Well, he proved himself by working his way up from the bottom. Even before he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California in 2011, Jared was toiling in the minor leagues of broadcasting, calling games for a college-age amateur baseball team in Minnesota. It was a bit of culture shock for a kid who grew up in Dallas and went to school in Los Angeles.

“It was your stereotypical minor-league experience,” Jared said of the summer of 2010, when he chronicled the exploits of the now-defunct Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers. “Hop on a bus, travel from one place to the next, get in at random hours, and stay at shoddy hotels with barely running water. But it was a lot of fun. I think that was the first real test that told me that I wanted to pursue this.”

Jared spent the baseball season after his graduation from USC as the director of media relations for the Great Falls Voyagers in Montana. In 2012 and 2013, he was calling games for the Great Lakes Loons in Midland, Mich.

“It would have been awesome if I could have done something with the Dodgers, and just hopped on with Vin Scully, but that wasn’t realistic,” he said with a laugh.

His first day on the job in Dallas last spring coincided with Game 6 of the Mavericks’ series against the Spurs. He spent that day shadowing and observing, and then someone asked him if he wanted to go to the game.

“That was kind of a no-brainer,” Jared said. “The next thing I know, I’m watching my favorite team play in the biggest game of the season. It was one of those moments where I got to take a step back and think about all those long bus trips, and the Saturday nights when my friends would go out but I would stay in to do work and practice. Throughout that, my dream was always to come back to Dallas to be a part of the media scene, so that was kind of a cool moment.”

So, now that he’s part of the media scene in Big D, what’s next?

“I definitely love baseball play by play,” Jared said. “That’s my passion. But I also definitely want to have a family. I want to have kids and be able to spend time with them. So the ideal situation would be to host a show during the week, either morning or afternoon drive, and then do play by play on the side.”

Given Jared’s meteoric rise through the radio ranks, we have no doubt that ideal situation will become a reality in the near future.