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July 29, 1965 |
Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Show||Ferrall on the Bench|
|Station(s)||CBS Sports Radio|
|Previous show(s)||The Sports Guys, Sports in the Morning with Ferrall, Howard 101|
Scott Ferrall (born July 29, 1965) is an American sports talk radio personality who currently broadcasts for CBS Sports Radio with the program Ferrall on the Bench. Ferrall's voice, which has been described as extremely raspy or gravelly, is very distinguishable; he described it himself as "gnarly, irritating, annoying, old leather".
His career began as a standard sports news reader on all-news KQV radio in his home town of Pittsburgh. When he left KQV, he drifted to Florida and found part-time radio work in the Tampa area. After a short stint with the Sports Entertainment Network (now Yahoo! Sports Radio), he became a sports host on Infinity Broadcasting sports talker WFAN-AM in New York City, and numerous other stations, including KLSX-FM in Los Angeles, KNBR-AM in San Francisco and WCNN-AM 680 The Fan in Atlanta, where his show centered on Atlanta and southeast sports.
Ferrall got a break on WNEW-FM by befriending Opie and Anthony and ended up taking over The Sports Guys talk show on WNEW-FM mornings where it became Sports in the Morning with Ferrall. He was then fired from WNEW for supporting Opie and Anthony when they were pulled from the airwaves for their "Sex for Sam 3" bit. Following WNEW, Ferrall went to Miami and did mornings on Beasley Broadcasting sports station WQAM-AM (home of Neil Rogers), where his show got the station fined $55,000 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Following his exit at WQAM, Ferrall took the midday slot at the newly created Real Radio WMAX-FM (now WBZY) 105.3 Atlanta in January 2004. His stint at "Atlanta's only FM talk station" only lasted until September 2004 when the station flipped to a Latin format.
2006-2012: Howard 101
For a time before moving to Sirius, Ferrall did shows on weekends for Fox Sports Radio. On February 9, 2006, Howard Stern announced that Ferrall had joined Howard 101 on Sirius. Stern said that he originally hired Ferrall because he felt he was a great radio talent that had been treated poorly by the industry. Ferrall's show aired weekdays from 8:00 pm to midnight Eastern. On October 1, 2012, Ferrall announced that he would be starting on the CBS Sports Radio Network on January 2, 2013. The next day, Stern played some "best-of" clips of Ferrall and said he "would be missed" and was a "great guy".
2013-present: Ferrall on the Bench
Ferrall started the new year by switching to CBS Sports Radio and launching the radio program Ferrall on the Bench. His show is broadcast around the country at various CBS affiliates and many Cumulus owned stations.
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