May 6, 1957 |
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Other names||"Freddy Ballgame"|
Game show host
|Spouse(s)||Richel Roggin (5 children)|
Fred Roggin (born May 6, 1957) is the sports anchor at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles, California. He was also a sports talk radio host at KMPC in Los Angeles, and until Fall 2007 hosted a morning sports show on KLAC with Los Angeles Times sports columnist T.J. Simers and Simers' daughter, Tracy Simers. As of June 2008, he is currently an on-air contributor at rival KSPN-AM, offering commentary on local and national sports issues. He served as a host for NBC Sports coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Roggin also has a national profile, doing occasional work for NBC Sports. He with triathletes Julie Moss and Mike Plant had the call for the tape delayed 1990 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. Also, he has become a regular during its coverage of the Olympics. At the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics, he hosted the daily coverage of curling, and at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics, he was the anchor for boxing coverage from the venue, which aired on CNBC and Universal HD. He was also a play by play announcer on several National Football League telecasts before the network stopped coverage after Super Bowl XXXII in January 1998. Roggin hosts a new sports-themed game show, The Challenge, which airs after NBC's Sunday Night Football telecasts locally on KNBC. Roggin is also now starting another one of his dreams of presenting a game show called The Money List, which is being recorded in the UK at The London Studios. The show is based on the United Kingdom's version of Who Dares Wins!. In the United States, Game Show Network now airs The Money List during the summer months, with Roggin as host.
Currently Roggin does a taped sports scores and highlight recap for NBC's early morning newscasts, which airs on NBC's Early Today and MSNBC's First Look, along with a separate segment for Morning Joe. Previously segments aired on CNBC's former early morning show Wake Up Call.
He also co-hosted the interactive TV show GSN Live on GSN weekdays from 3 PM to 6 PM ET with Debra Skelton until he left the show on July 2, 2009 (and on occasion filled in for Alfonso Ribeiro at 12-3 PM ET Segment when Ribeiro has the day off). The show started on February 25, 2008.
For several years in the early 1990s, he hosted Roggin's Heroes, a collection of unusual sports highlights presented as a syndicated 30-minute show. Such clips still air as part of his new Sunday night program on KNBC.
On April 15, 2010, Roggin anchored the news segments of the KNBC 11 p.m. newscast, substituting for regular anchor Chuck Henry.
Roggin joined KNBC in 1980, coming from KPNX in Phoenix, Arizona, and prior to that, he was the sports anchor on KYEL-TV (now KSWT), a station in Yuma, Arizona-El Centro, California market, between 1977 and 1978. He was born in Detroit. He currently lives in Calabasas, California with his wife Richel, a writer, along with their three children.