John Sanders (broadcaster)

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John Sanders is an American sports broadcaster, with over 25 years experience commentating Major League Baseball games. He spent 16 years as a television announcer for the Cleveland Indians. Previously, he was on both television and radio broadcasts for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He currently broadcasts Big East football and basketball games.


Sanders, a Kansas native, worked at WIBW-TV in Topeka, Kansas. He then moved to KMBC-TV in Kansas City, Missouri, where he spent 12 years.[1] While at KMBC, he did play-by-play for preseason telecasts of the Kansas City Chiefs.

In 1978, he moved to KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, PA, as weekend sports anchor. He later became sports director, appearing on the station's 6 and 11 o'clock newscasts. Then, in October 1980, KDKA announced that he would join Pirates broadcast legend Lanny Frattare for televised games during the 1981 season.[1] He continued on the Pirates' broadcast team for nine seasons.[2]

In 1991, Sanders moved to Cleveland to do television play-by-play for the Cleveland Indians on FSN Ohio. Following the 2006 season, the team declined to renew his contract.[3]

Personal life

Sanders and his wife, Cherie, have two daughters, Gabrielle and Hilary.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Win Fanning John Sanders Joins Frattare on KDKA Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 16, 1980(accessed March 2, 2010)
  3. Press Release Cleveland Indians, October 16, 2006 (accessed March 2, 2010)