Fred McLeod (sportscaster)

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Fred McLeod
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Born Fred McLeod
Strongsville, Ohio
Occupation Sportscaster
NBA play-by-play announcer

Fred McLeod (born 1952 in Strongsville, Ohio) is a sportscaster who currently serves as the executive producer of multimedia, and television play-by-play announcer for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1]

Early life[edit]

McLeod was born and grew up in the Cleveland suburb of Strongsville, Ohio. During his sophomore year in high school, McLeod and his family moved to the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, where he finished high school and attended college, graduating from Point Park College - where he was a pitcher on the baseball team, reaching the NAIA College World Series.[2][3]

Broadcasting career[edit]

McLeod began his broadcasting career in 1974 as a sportscaster for KQTV in St. Joseph, Missouri, and later moving to WSTV in Steubenville, Ohio.

In the late 70's he returned home to Cleveland, as he was hired by WJKW-TV 8, working as a weekend sports anchor, and also doing play by play for WJKW's coverage of Cleveland Indians games during the 1979 season.[4] McLeod later moved to KPIX-TV in San Francisco, where he was a sports anchor as well as play by play man for the Oakland A's.

In 1982, McLeod moved to Detroit, Michigan, where he became a sportscaster for WDIV, and in 1984 became a television play-by-play announcer for the NBA's Detroit Pistons, a position he held until 2006.[3]

Since the 2006-2007 season, McLeod has served as the television play-by-play announcer for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Signature calls[edit]

  • Right down Euclid! - when a Cavaliers player drives down the lane to the basket
  • ____ says "I got your back!" - when a Cavaliers player grabs an offensive rebound and puts the ball in the hoop
  • Sweaty palms time - during close games
  • Good night ____, we'll let ourselves out! - when the Cavaliers win a road game
  • "The bottom" - when a Cavs player hits a three-pointer

Awards and honors[edit]


McLeod's wife Beth currently serves as the weekday morning weather forecaster for Cleveland CBS affiliate WOIO and sister station WUAB.[6]