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.
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.
- 5-4-3-2-1 Touchdown! - when a Browns player ran in for a touchdown (especially after a long pass)
- Five-time NSSA Ohio Sportscaster of the Year (1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993)
- Ohio Broadcasters Hall of Fame Inductee (class of 1993)
- Cleveland Press Club Journalism Hall of Fame Inductee (class of 1994)
- 1994 Society of Professional Journalists (Cleveland chapter) Distinguished Service Award recipient
- Cleveland Association of Broadcaster Hall of Fame Inductee (class of 1995)
- Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters Hall of Fame Inductee (class of 2004)
- Encyclopedia of Cleveland History:CHANDLER, NEVILLE (NEV) ALBERT JR
- Ohio | NSSA
- Broadcasters Hall of Fame
- The Press Club of Cleveland | Serving and honoring communications professionals since 1887 - Hall of Fame Archives
- "Nev Chandler a fan to the last" by Terry Pluto, Akron Beacon Journal Nov. 18, 2002.
- Entry in Encyclopedia of Cleveland History.