Drew Soicher is the unconventional, unpredictable 9NEWS weekday evening Sports Anchor. He's best-known for a variety of wildly popular, unique segments including "Drew or False", "Drew's Clues, "Strange But Drew", "Drew Boo", "I Love Sports", "The Thought Bubble Machine", "Oh No He Didn't!" and "Bobblehead Theater". Soicher is also the host of "Nick's Picks", a segment featuring Nick the Sea Lion at the Denver Zoo, who predicts the outcome of Denver Broncos games with remarkable accuracy.
Sometimes, Drew even reports the sports news of the day.
His whimsical twitter feed, affectionately known as "Soichial Media", has so many followers that the vast majority of them must be fake.
Drew reluctantly joined 9NEWS in January of 2000 after being fired by KPIX-TV in San Francisco for no good reason at all. Soicher knew there was trouble that day when station management lured him into a local Starbucks for an "important meeting", even though they knew he doesn't drink coffee.
Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Southfield, Michigan , Drew grew up idolizing New York Mets centerfielder Lee Mazzilli and NBC Sports Anchor Bob Costas , stalking both of them for decades. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Communications four years after selecting that major because it was the only one without a math requirement.
Soicher started his sports broadcasting career as the Color Commentator for the Nerf Basketball Association , Electric Football League and Strat-O-Matic Baseball Club in his family's basement. His brother, Marc , is a far superior sportscaster, only because he always did play-by-play and never allowed Drew to speak. As teenagers, the Soicher brothers, who are commonly mentioned along with the Gumbels and Alberts in debates of "Greatest All-Time Sibling Sports Announcer Combinations", carefully crafted their induction speeches for the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame. It wasn't until many years later that they learned no such place exists.
Drew also worked (kind of) in Lansing, Detroit, Fresno, Seattle, Los Angeles, Tampa and San Francisco before stumbling into in Denver. He was fired from that job in the Pacific Northwest just moments after learning that his wife was pregnant with the couple's first child. Although not the least bit funny at the time, that sequence of events came in handy later when used for the title of Soicher's first autobiography "I'm Pregnant, You're Fired!" He is currently authoring the sequel titled "I Hate This Guy. Can You Turn It Up?"
A zero-time Emmy Award winner (he's never entered the competition due to the unreasonable $40 entry fee), Drew has received many other honors including "Stupidest Person on TV" by Colorado's Classic Rock radio station 103.5 FM The Fox and the designation of "Worst TV Sportscaster" by the Boulder Daily Camera newspaper four consecutive years.
Drew attracts haters and trolls at both extremes. For example, Soicher was named "Worst Person in the World" by the fabulously gifted, big-time ESPN star Keith Olbermann, who has earned a vast fortune broadcasting to millions of viewers, and also survived a poorly executed twitter attack from jealous, no-talent, small-time, local radio complete nobody Brandon Krisztal, who pays for his own air time on a station with bad reception and four listeners.
Correction: Three. One more person just turned off Mile High Sports Radio while you were reading that paragraph.
A pair of struggling freelance newspaper scribes, Dusty Saunders and Joanne Ostrow of the Denver Post, write about Soicher to the point of obsession, although none of their cliché-riddled posts are likely to earn Pulitzer Prize consideration.
Even so, Drew has been named the Sportscaster of the Year by both the Associated Press and Colorado Broadcaster's Association countless times. Okay, fine. Let's count. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve! He's also won Westword Magazine's Best Sportscaster award on numerous occasions and a participation certificate for his role in Adler Elementary School's Bicentennial Choir in 1976.
Widely recognized as the world's foremost authority on bobblehead dolls , Drew's been wasting his limited income on spring-loaded ceramic action figures since early childhood and now owns more than 3,000 of the silly little toys. Soicher is the only sportscaster in America to have his own likeness captured in the form of both a bobblehead doll and bobblehead lapel pin. His opinionated and controversial BobbleBlog on 9NEWS.com is promoted as "the world's only 100 percent spring-loaded technology" even though there's clearly no proof of this.
Drew is the Manager of Colorado's favorite championship youth baseball team,The Mighty Bobbleheads . He shows highlights and post-game interviews after every Bobbleheads game on 9NEWS, as if anybody in the audience really cares. Each player on the team must be able to recite the classic Ernest Lawrence Thayer poem "Casey at the Bat" from memory or risk a three-game suspension.
A medical miracle, Soicher is the only person on the planet born with one kidney and five wisdom teeth. His nose was so badly disfigured from a variety of sports-related accidents that it took three rhinoplasty surgeries to repair. His right front tooth is phony as a result of an unfortunate Duncan Yo-Yo miscalculation.
Drew's hobbies include modeling, pick-up basketball, building aluminum foil replicas of the Stanley Cup, drinking 7/11 Slurpees by the gallon, growing stylish DrewManChu moustaches and singing karaoke (close your eyes and you'll swear Barry White and Luther Vandross are really in the room.) He also can belt out the entire, 17-minute version of The Sugar Hill Gang's 1979 hit " Rapper's Delight " without taking a breath.
Soicher enjoys hanging out at The Children's Hospital , Make-A-Wish Foundation , Special Olympics and Sports Made Possible . If the kids are on their best behavior, Drew will read his favorite pieces of hate mail aloud, including the particularly hurtful one where the viewer complains about one of the sportscaster's nostrils being abnormally large and another which focuses on an unflattering comparison to wieners and orangutans.
Drew married the former DeeAnna Hyatt in May of 1993. He was led to believe that she was the sole heiress to the multi-billion dollar Hyatt Hotel chain. Kind of like the Hyatt version of Paris Hilton .
By then, it was too late.
The Soichers have two sons, who rarely comb their hair or brush their teeth without being told numerous times. Their home includes a Bobblehead Doll Museum (not open to the public), retractable baseball batting cage and Rocky Balboa boxing shrine. They also own a beautiful Old English Sheepdog called Mighty Casey Mudville Soicher and two pet Betta fish named after the greatest Marvel Comics superheroes of all-time. Captain Amerifish and Fish Gordon reside in separate, air-filtered, half-gallon tanks within a quiet, poorly-lit, upstairs bathroom. Spideyfish, may he rest in peace, passed away in September of 2003 after a long battle with Bacterial Gill Disease.