Cavaliers announcer Fred McLeod has died

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Cleveland Cavaliers play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod has died. He was 67.

He had served as the Cavaliers play-by-play announcer since 2006.

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“It is with the most extreme sadness that the Cleveland Cavaliers share that Cavs and Fox Sports Ohio play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod died suddenly Monday evening,” the Cavaliers said in a statement. “The entire Cavaliers organization mourns the loss of their great friend and teammate.”

McLeod began his career at KQTV in St. Joseph, Missouri in 1974. He then went back to Ohio, where he was born, to work at WSTV in Steubenville, Ohio.

He was also a weekend sports anchor at WJKW in Cleveland, Ohio. While there, he also worked for WJKW’s coverage during Cleveland Indians contests.

The sports anchor then left Ohio to accept a job in San Francisco, California, where he was hired by KPIX. He also served as an Oakland Athletics play-by-play commentator.

He then moved back to Detroit, Michigan in 1982. He worked for WJBK and WDIV, before becoming the play-by-play announcer for the Detroit Pistons from 1982 through 2006.

McLeod worked for the Cavaliers from 2006-07 through the 2018-19 season. He also got to call the team’s 2016 NBA Championship win over the Golden State Warriors.

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