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Robert Ford named play-by-play radio announcer for Houston Astros
February 14, 2013
Three years ago, Robert Ford was the play-by-play announcer for the Binghamton women’s basketball team on WNBF Radio. On Thursday afternoon, he was hired as the play-by-play radio announcer for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball.
When Ford was hired as the Binghamton Bearcats announcer in 2006, he was also the play-by-play voice and Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Binghamton Mets AA baseball team. The previous season, Ford was play-by-play announcer for the St. Rose men’s and women’s basketball programs.
During Ford’s four seasons with the Binghamton women’s basketball program, he covered the 2007 America East Tournament, which was held at the Events Center. In addition, he was the play-by-play announcer for three home games on Time Warner Cable Sports. On Monday nights during the basketball season, Ford co-hosted Horizon’s Bearcats Hoopstalk with Binghamton men’s play-by-play announcer Roger Neel.
“Working at Binghamton University helped me prepare for this opportunity with the Astros,” Ford said. “I can’t thank the people at Binghamton enough for their help and guidance.”
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Robert,” Binghamton head women’s basketball coach Nicole Scholl said. “He was a great announcer for us when he was here and we wish him the best with his new position.”
Even before he was hired by Binghamton, Ford had already made his mark in play-by-play announcing. He worked five years in minor league baseball and was named the Frontier League Broadcaster of the Year in 2003 and 2004.
In 2009, Ford was hired by the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball as its pregame and postgame host. He stayed on with the Bearcats until the Royals reported for spring training in February 2010. Ford held that job with the Royals until being hired by the Astros.