Firestone began his career as a sports anchor and reporter in Miami, working briefly at WTVJ, before moving to Los Angeles as a sports anchor for KNXT/KCBS-TV from 1977–85. He was also the host of HDNet's Face to Face with Roy Firestone and AOL's Time Out with Roy Firestone.
He appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, Larry King Live, Super Dave Osborne and Nightline. He has also performed for numerous corporate clients including Anheuser Busch, Chevron, Nike, Whirlpool and Toyota. Firestone currently appears as a guest regularly on Good Day L.A. which airs on KTTV in Los Angeles covering local and national sports.
Firestone also provided the voice of the classic cartoon character Egghead in the 1988 Warner Bros. compilation film Daffy Duck's Quackbusters, and appeared in the 1996 movie Jerry Maguire. He starred in a Married... with Children episode and presented the Al Bundy Sport Spectacular. Firestone also made an appearance as himself in a 1997 episode of Everybody Loves Raymond, the "Bart Star" episode of The Simpsons and The White League, episode of In Living Color.
From 1980-94, he was the host of ESPN's interview program SportsLook, later renamed Up Close. He also served as a color commentator for the network's first season of Sunday Night Football telecasts in 1987. In the aftermath of O.J. Simpson's arrest for domestic abuse, Firestone devoted a segment on ESPN's Sports Look to clearing OJ's name, making light of his being "portrayed as the bad guy" and adding, "It got to such a point that you were portrayed in the press for a while there like a wife-beater."
Firestone is a lifelong fan of the Baltimore Orioles and served as a spring training batboy for the team as a teenager. He spoke on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards during the unveiling of Brooks Robinson's statue at the ballpark.
- Seven-time Emmy Award winner
- Seven-time CableACE Award recipient
- In 1991 he was inducted into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
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