The Cleveland Cavaliers has reported that Fred McLeod, the voice of the Detroit Pistons for more than two decades, passed away Monday evening (9/9) at the age of 67.
McLeod had been the play-by-play broadcaster for the Cavaliers since the 2006 season. Prior to that, he spent 22 seasons broadcasting Detroit Pistons games on television. He also was a reporter for both WJBK-TV and WDIV-TV (Detroit), also hosting Sports Final Edition on the latter. In addition, he had other play-by-play experience with both the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics.
He most recently was the broadcaster for the Detroit Lions preseason games.
McLeod was a native of Strongsville, OH, but his family later moved to Pittsburgh, PA. where he graduated from high school. He was a baseball pitcher at Point Park College (now Point Park University) in Pittsburgh. His broadcasting career began in the 1970s in Missouri. He later moved back to Ohio where he worked as a play-by-play announcer for the Cleveland Indians and Cavaliers. He arrived in Detroit in 1982.