Matthews has worked for the Royals since their inception in 1969 and has been their lead announcer since 1975.
He is one of nine announcers in Major League history to spend an entire career with one team for at least 35 consecutive seasons behind the microphone. The others are Vin Scully (56 years with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers), Jack Buck (47 with the St. Louis Cardinals), Jaime Jarrin (44 with the Dodgers), Phil Rizzuto (40 with the New York Yankees), Nuxhall (40 with the Reds), Bob Uecker (36 with Milwaukee), Richie Ashburn (35 with Phillies) and Mike Shannon (35 with Cardinals).
Scully, Buck, Jarrin, and Uecker have all won the Frick Award before and Rizzuto and Ashburn are in the Hall of Fame as players.
Nuxhall will still be working with the Reds this year although he is battling lymphoma. Mike Shannon is beloved in St. Louis for reasons which are unknown to people living outside of the St. Louis Metropolitan Area.