Fred Mcleod was a sportscaster who has worked in the position of the executive producer of multimedia, and TV play-by-play announcer for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Sadly, Mcleod passed away when he was just sixty-seven years old on 9th September 2019.
Table of Biography
Fred Mcleod was born Fred Mcleod Obituary in Strongsville, Ohio on 1st September 1952. He was raised in the Cleveland suburb of Strongsville. Mcleod’s nationality was American and he belonged to Caucasian ethnicity. Since Fred Mcleon has been keeping most of his personal details private so, there are no details about Fred’s parents and siblings. Fred and his family went to the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area at the time of his childhood.
After graduating from Elizabeth Forward High School, he completed his high school and education. Fred graduated from Point Park College where he was a pitcher on the basketball team, reaching the NAIA College World Series. Mcleod was very passionate about golf from that time.
Fred Mcleod passed away on 9th September 2019 on the evening of Monday. Fred died because of a heart attack at the age of 67. After his death many people got shocked, they all reacted to the sudden death of the great Fred Mcleod. The entire Cavaliers organization sorrows the death of their great friend and teammate,” the club wrote in a statement. “Fred’s deep love for Cleveland and the Cavaliers was clearly evident in everything he did in and around the community and on-air during his more than 1,000 Cavalier game broadcasts. He was a true, heart-felt ambassador for the team, fans, and entire greater Cleveland community.”
Carrer and Professional Life
Fred started his broadcasting carrier as a sportscaster for KQTV in St. Joseph, Missouri in 1974 and a year later was named the sports director at WSTV in Steubenville. In early 1976, Mcleod joined WJKW. He served as a reporter and weekend sports anchor. He returned to Cleveland and also provided play-by-play commentary on WJKW’s coverage of the 1979 season matches by the Cleveland Indians. After that, Fred called Cavs games for the first time for the 1979 to 1980 season. While at WJKW, future Cav’s owner Dan Gilbert was an intern for Mcleod.
Fred then moved to Detroit and there he was serving in the position of a sports anchor for WDIV and WJBK, also the longtime voice of the Pistons from 1984 to 2006 after a brief stint in the Bay Area with KPIX in San Francisco. His tenure encompassed all their Pistons titles, in 1989, 19900, and 2004. Since the 2006-2007 season, Fred has been television play-by-play announced for the Cleveland Cavaliers, along with former Cavalier Austin Car. Further, to the television play-by-play voice of Cavs, Fred was also the executive producer for multimedia. Fred was being ready for his fourteenth season in the post of the Cavs announcer when he passed away.
More about his career
Fred Mcleod served as the National Basketball Association (NBA) executive entertainment producer and play-by-play television announcer for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Mcleod was very popular for his passion and enthusiasm but not just for the Cavaliers. But the city of Cleveland as a whole. Mcleod was also very consistent in bringing the best out of himself. During the time covering the Cavaliers, he was a three-time Lower Great Lakes Emmy Award recipient as a member of the Fox Sports Ohio broadcast team in 2014, 2017, and 2018.
Even though after his achievements he never settled, he consistently is a part of the best possible product for whoever tuned in to watch Cavalier’s coverage. Mcleod was a mentor to many he worked with and would try any possible way to help others who were trying to enter his field of expertise. In his whole carrier, Fred received Four-time Lower Great Lakes Emmy Award recipients as a member of Fox Sports Ohio’s Cavaliers broadcast team- 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019 and Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse media area named the “Fred Mcleod TV Studio and Media Workroom”.
Moving on, he doesn’t seem to have endorsed any brands in his entire lifetime.
As a sportscaster, Mcleod has worked in this field for more than forty years. In fact, Mcleod was one of the experienced announcers in the field. Till the age of 67 years old, Fred’s income sources are mostly from being a success. Although the income of Fred is unknown, he had accumulated an enormous net worth of $5 million from his profession to the time of his death. While alive, Fred Mcleod was obviously living a glamour and lavish life with his family.
About Fred’s personal life, while working as the sportscaster, Fred met his love, Beth Mcleod. Beth and Fred were each other’s admirers from the very beginning. While Beth was in Los Angeles as a broadcast assistant for CBS Sports covering the NBA Finals and Fred was the pistons, play-by-play announcer, they met in 1988. Fred proposed Beth in 1990 at Christmastime. Both couples married in September in Detroit at Cranbrook House and Garden, with Fred’s kids, Sean, Jenna, and Molly. Beth is his first wife.
Moreover, several people always admired the pure relationship between Fred and his wife. Beth and Fred both always seemed concerned with each other, together they reveled in the carnival that was a Cavaliers home game. Beth and Fred were together for twenty-eight years, to the day he passed away. Other than this, Fred Mcleod has never been in any rumors and controversial matter as well. The American sportscaster has been keeping his profile very simple and honest every time.
Fred Mcleod has a fair complexion with a pair of brown eyes and light gray short hair. Even at the age of sixty-seven, he became the father of three, a grandfather of five, and was still in very good health. In fact, Fred Mcleod neither had any health problems and he never smoked as well. Fred was very conscious, he used to do his exercise daily and had good habits.
Fred had an average height and body weight with a slim body type. His profession was sportscaster, he was very fit and healthy. However, Fred had a low risk of heart attack, but his family history wasn’t in his approval, because his grandfather and father both passed away due to heart attack in their 50s.
Fred Mcleod was quite active on social media platforms for some time. The sportscaster just had a Twitter account. Still, there are 43.8 thousand followers on Fred’s Twitter account as of June 2021. Other than this, Fred Mcleod was never active on other social media platforms at all.
However, there are still several fan pages of Fred Mcleod, made by his fans and followers. Also, Fred was just like a mentor to several people over there and still is. Many people admire him because of his work and his great humor.