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Bill Macatee (born November 17, 1955) is an American sports broadcaster.
Early life and career
Macatee was born in Rome, New York, and grew up in El Paso, Texas. He graduated from Burges High School in El Paso. In 1978, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He is a member of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity. While in college, Macatee worked at KLTV-TV in Tyler, Texas as well as KTVV-TV in Austin, Texas. He became Sports Director at KBMT-TV in Beaumont, Texas where he was hired by Bill Paradoski. Following that he worked at KMBC-TV in Kansas City before spending 3 years at WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas. Macatee was hired by NBC Sports and moved to New York in 1982.
In 1982, Macatee began his sports broadcasting career with NBC, and was the youngest network sportscaster in the industry. With NBC Sports, he covered a wide range of events including Wimbledon, the Super Bowl, the Rose Bowl and the World Series. He hosted NBC's Major League Baseball Game of the Week pre-game show for 4 years as well as numerous events for the network's sports anthology show, NBC Sportsworld. Additionally, Macatee served as the sports correspondent for the Today Show and anchor for NBC News at Sunrise and Sunday Today. He also co-anchored the syndicated show USA Today on TV.
Career since 1990
From 1991 until 2006, Macatee anchored coverage of the PGA Tour on USA Network and hosted the network's Thursday/Friday coverage of The Masters from Butler Cabin. His other duties included play-by-play for the U.S. Open Tennis Championships and the French Open at Roland Garros. Since joining CBS Sports in the mid-1990s, Macatee has served as a tower announcer and handled post-round, network interviews for The Masters and PGA Championship. He also substitutes for Jim Nantz during other PGA Tour events and has anchored CBS' coverage of the LPGA Championship and various Champions Tour events. In tennis, Macatee is the main CBS play-by-play announcer for the U.S. Open Tennis Championship (taking over from Dick Enberg in 2012) and other ATP and WTA events. Macatee called NFL games on CBS for 16 years.
Additionally, Macatee serves as the main play-by-play voice and studio host for the cable network, Tennis Channel, covering the Australian Open, The French Open (French Open Tonight), Wimbledon (Wimbledon Primetime) and the U.S. Open. During his career, Macatee has called NCAA Basketball for CBS Sports including the NCAA Men's Division II National Championship Game and March Madness. Throughout his career, Macatee has done network play-by-play in sports as diverse as figure skating, skiing, track-and-field, gymnastics, boxing and even sumo wrestling.
Macatee has twice served as a network host for the Olympics. He co-anchored weekend coverage of the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan for CBS Sports and the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy for NBC/USA Network.
Macatee spent 2 years as an Adjunct Faculty Member at Chapman University in Southern California, teaching Sports Media at the prestigious Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. He serves on the Board of Advisors at Lamar University's College of Fine Arts. He was named Distinguished Alumni for Lamar University in 2010 and gave the Commencement Address at Lamar in May 2014.
- Beasley Reece
- Steve Beuerlein
- Steve Tasker
- Mary Joe Fernandez
- Ian Baker-Finch
- Rich Gannon
- Rich Baldinger
- Jerry Glanville
On May 10, 2014 Bill married Sonya Lee. They reside in Dallas, Texas
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- Walz, Steve (17 September 1982). "Macatee signs". Rome News-Tribune. p. 31. Retrieved 15 June 2010.