Spencer Ross (r) with longtime Racing from Roosevelt co-host Stan Bergstein (circa early 1980s)
If you’ve listened to sports on radio in the last half-century, there’s a good chance that the voice you heard was Spencer Ross.
Ross, 71, is undeniably, a New York original. While his contemporary Marv Albert is more famous, Ross has, perhaps, an equally recognizable voice. Both Albert and Ross were proteges of the great Marty Glickman. The late, trailblazing sportscaster often referred to his “students” as the two best basketball announcers he’s ever heard, with Ross proud to say he was given “top billing.”
That delivery is back after a three-year hiatus, doing weekend morning sportscasts on WINS.
“I’m a very active guy, I still run three to five miles, six days a week,” Ross tells FishbowlNY. “I’ve just gone nuts sitting around. I’m not ready for retirement. My voice is what it was and still is.”
This marks a homecoming of sorts for Ross, who got his start on New York radio at WINS in 1969. Along the way, Ross has done play-by-play work for every major team in the New York area except the Mets. Ross is probably most known for a 30-year career with Madison Square Garden, which led various roles for Knicks and Rangers on radio. He left the company three years ago, and is still uneasy talking about the bitter divorce.