To Beth and the entire McLeod family. Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of Fred. Like so many others in the sports broadcasting field, Fred was instrumental in helping me start my career in the business while he was at WJBK in Detroit. He gave aspiring sportscasters such as myself the opportunity, the guidance and the access to go and be what we wanted/dreamed of doing. Ultimately, I ended up going the producing route, developing contacts when I worked for Fred, that helped me land my career breakthrough job with CBS Newspath in New York, as a national sports producer. I would not have landed that job without the experience I gained working for Fred when he was sports director at WJBK. In addition to his professionalism, Fred was a nice man. He loved what he did for a living, however, I don't think he took himself that seriously. In later years, I did reconnect with him periodically on Facebook. His call of the Cavs clinching victory in the NBA Finals will live on for the ages and is emblematic of Fred's sports broadcasting legacy---prepared, passionate, in the moment and a fan at heart. I so enjoyed hearing and seeing him again on the Lions pre-season telecasts this season. In summary, please know you are being thought of during this difficult time.
WJBK sports producer for Fred in the 80's