A native of Rochester, New York, Nickson attended Ithaca College, where he served as the Sports Director and play-by-play for the school's radio station, WICB. His professional broadcasting career began in 1975 with the Rochester Americans. From 1977-81 he called games for the New Haven Nighthawks.
Nickson joined the Kings in 1981, calling games on TV and radio with Bob Miller. When the TV and radio broadcasts were separated in 1990, Nickson became the Kings radio play-by-play announcer. His was the voice Kings fans heard on the radio when they won their first ever Stanley Cup, and again for their second Cup win two years later.
From 1983-89, Nickson served as a Public Address announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers. During that time, he called the National League Championship Series and World Series during the Dodgers championship season of 1988.