Ross Fletcher

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Ross Fletcher is an English sports presenter and commentator known for his work with BBC Radio and Seattle Sounders FC.

Career[edit]

BBC[edit]

Fletcher had a passion for radio at a young age and at 14 years old, he was the runner-up in a competition for aspiring broadcasters hosted by Garth Crooks's Go program on the original Radio 5.[1] He gained experience at BBC Radio Derby between the ages of 16 and 18 on an unpaid basis. Fletcher began reading sports bulletins for the station while attending the University of Sheffield. He eventually earned his own program doing sports and music on Saturdays. At the age of 22, Fletcher became the voice of Derby County for BBC Radio Derby.[2] He also spent 5 years reporting for BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.[3]

Major League Soccer[edit]

Beginning in 2012, Fletcher replaced Arlo White as the play-by-play voice of Seattle Sounders FC for local English radio and television broadcasts. He worked alongside with former Seattle goalkeeper and color commentator Kasey Keller on the broadcasts.[2]

On October 22, 2015, it was announced that he and the club would part ways at the end of the 2015 season.[4][5] He called his last match for the club, a playoff series against FC Dallas that ended in a penalty shootout, on November 8, 2015.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fleming, Carole (2010). The Radio Handbook (3rd ed.). London: Routledge. pp. 171–175. ISBN 978-0-415-44508-5. 
  2. ^ a b Mayers, Joshua (January 10, 2012). "Sounders hire announcers Ross Fletcher, Kasey Keller". The Seattle Times. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ SPNW Staff (January 10, 2012). "Ross Fletcher Becomes 'Voice of the Sounders'". Sportspress Northwest. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Broadcaster Ross Fletcher bids farewell to Sounders FC faithful". Seattle Sounders FC. October 22, 2015. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  5. ^ Penz, Matt (October 22, 2015). "Seattle Sounders broadcaster Ross Fletcher to leave club at the end of this season". The Seattle TImes. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  6. ^ Oshan, Jeremiah (November 8, 2015). "Classy as ever, Ross Fletcher tweets his goodbye message". SounderAtHeart.com. SB Nation. Retrieved December 12, 2015. [self-published source?]