Fortunately, D.C. is a hotbed for broadcasting talent, with many potential candidates already in Dan Snyder's backyard. Draw the candidate pool outside of the nation's capital and there are even more potential fits, some with local ties that could make the transition seamless.
This is our list of best fits to take over Michael's play-by-play duties on Redskins Radio (in no particular order):
Midday host of 106.7 The Fan's "Grant & Danny Show," Paulsen is one of the youngest, most talented candidates on this list and has a broadcasting resume that doesn't quite seem possible at 32 years old. This former child prodigy first became known to a national audience in the 1990s, going inside the Redskins locker room on behalf David Letterman for the "Late Show" on CBS. Paulsen has put together an extensive resume since, frequently breaking news stories as a Redskins beat reporter for 106.7 The Fan from 2009 to 2014, when he transitioned into a full-time radio host for the station. Paulsen has extensive experience doing play-by-play for the AFL's Washington Valor, the XFL's DC Defenders and countless other sports affiliations, and is a regular television presence locally on NBC Sports Washington.
Perhaps it's time for Snyder to finally right this injustice once and for all, bringing Frank back to shepherd fans into a new era of Washington football.
This is one of the most glaring choices. The jocular Hernandez has left a void in the D.C. media landscape that's been predictably filled with self-seriousness since he departed from NBC Sports Washington in June 2018. For 17 years, Hernandez roasted colleagues on and off camera, bringing a unique blend of quick wit and incisive analysis to television broadcasts. In recent years, Hernandez was the first face Redskins fans saw after local television broadcasts, delivering the type of snap summary of games that only someone keenly aware of Redskins fans' emotions could. And when a smile was needed to cut the mood, Hernandez was always ready to deliver that gut-busting punchline.
On the short list of candidates to replace Buckhantz on Wizards broadcasts a year ago, this local product could be primed for a return home after seven years at NFL Network. As a former sports anchor at NBC4 (WRC) from 2006 to 2013, Hellie – polished under the grindstone of the great George Michael – is already well-attuned to the D.C. market and a veteran of Redskins coverage. He recently launched the HelliePod, giving him a chance to share more of his personality and interview prowess in a longer form setting, while not being constrained to the heavily formatted limitations of broadcast television. Hellie's would be a warm, familiar voice to hear on Sundays.
One would be challenged to mention Hellie without also thinking of Lindsay Czarniak, his former NBC4 colleague. Czarniak, too, is a local standout who's made good in the national sports landscape, serving as a "SportsCenter" host and a master reporter and interviewer for ESPN from 2011 to 2017. She once replaced the great Brent Musburger as host of ABC's Indianapolis 500 coverage and has a long resume covering racing, including NASCAR coverage for TNT and FOX. Czarniak joined WRC in 2005 under the legendary George Michael, and would develop a strong on-air chemistry with Hellie as the duo shared co-anchor duties after George Michael's 2007 departure.