Nev Chandler

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Nev Chandler
Born Neville A. Chandler
October 2, 1946
Lakewood, Ohio
Died August 7, 1994 (age 47)
Rocky River, Ohio
Occupation TV sports anchor
MLB radio announcer
NFL radio announcer
Awards Five-time NSSA Ohio Sportscaster of the Year

Neville A. "Nev" Chandler, Jr. (born October 2, 1946 in Lakewood, Ohio—died August 7, 1994 in Rocky River, Ohio) was a Cleveland, Ohio-area sports broadcaster.

Life and career[edit]

Chandler graduated from Rocky River High School and, in 1968, Northwestern University. In the 1970s, he worked for several television stations in Ohio and sometimes hosted a sports talk show on WWWE-AM.

From 1980 to 1984, Chandler served as WWWE's sports director and teamed with Herb Score on Cleveland Indians radio broadcasts. In 1985, he moved to television station WEWS as sports director and sports anchor.

He was best known for calling play-by-play for the Cleveland Browns from 1985 to 1993, a time during which the team made the playoffs five straight years.

The quality of Chandler's broadcasts and the excitement of his voice made him a fan favorite and a regular choice for the soundtrack of NFL Films productions. The title of NFL Films' movie about the 1986 Browns, Pandemonium Palace, comes from Chandler's call of the team's double-overtime playoff win over the New York Jets.

Chandler died of colon cancer on Sunday, August 7, 1994. He was buried in Lakewood Park Cemetery in Rocky River.[1][2]

Signature calls[edit]

  • 5–4–3–2–1 Touchdown! – when a Browns player ran in for a touchdown (especially after a long pass)
  • They are serenading the team with a chorus in "boo-flat" – when the Cleveland fans booed the home team after a poor performance[2]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Five-time NSSA Ohio Sportscaster of the Year (1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993)[3]
  • Ohio Broadcasters Hall of Fame Inductee (class of 1993)[4]
  • Cleveland Press Club Journalism Hall of Fame Inductee (class of 1994)[5]
  • 1994 Society of Professional Journalists (Cleveland chapter) Distinguished Service Award recipient[6]
  • Cleveland Association of Broadcaster Hall of Fame Inductee (class of 1995)[7]
  • Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters Hall of Fame Inductee (class of 2004)[8]


  1. ^ "Encyclopedia of Cleveland History: CHANDLER, NEVILLE (NEV) ALBERT JR.". Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Livingston, Tom (7 August 2014). "Vault: WEWS sports icon Nev Chandler who called games for Indians, Cavs and Browns died 20 years ago". Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "National Sports Media Association (NSMA)". Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  4. ^ 2001, Charlotte Terry--ADventure Promotions. "Broadcasters Hall of Fame". Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  5. ^ agency, thunder::tech :: an integrated marketing. "The Press Club of Cleveland - Serving and honoring communications professionals since 1887 - Hall of Fame Archives". Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Chandler wins award". Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "Hall of fame". Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  8. ^ Chandler inducted into Ohio AP HOF –

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