John Keating (sportscaster)
John Keating (born c. 1957) is a Fox Sports Detroit host and reporter. He was born in Madison Heights, Michigan. He attended Grand Valley State University. Keating has won five Michigan Emmys during his time at Fox Sports Detroit and is their longest serving anchor. He was previously an anchor on the defunct PASS Sports in Detroit. Keating is known for his bizarre pop culture analogies, often comparing recent sports games and their participants to current events and the latest news in the lives of celebrities.
John Keating in 2011
|Born||c. 1957 (age 61–62)|
|Other names||Steve Knight|
|Occupation||Sports host, sports reporter|
Keating began his broadcasting career while a student at Grand Valley State University. Keating climbed through the ranks of WSRX, Grand Valley's own student run radio station, from broadcaster up to Station Manager. Keating's rise at WSRX led to a job at WZZR, now WLHT, a radio station in nearby Grand Rapids. WZZR already had an on-air personality named "John" on staff. To avoid confusion among listeners, Keating assumed the on-air name of "Steve Knight."
The move to TelevisionEdit
The job at WZZR led to a job in television at WZZM-TV, also in Grand Rapids. At WZZM, "Steve" became an on-air fixture and sports favorite in west Michigan. Having transitioned to television, Keating was stuck being known on air as "Steve Knight". Keating left WZZM in the mid-80s for KMGH in Denver, Colorado, where he worked for a decade. Keating returned to Michigan and worked for the now defunct PASS Sports which was later put out of business by Fox Sports Detroit, who acquired his contract. Among his other roles, he hosts the Pre and Post-game shows for the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings. In June 2009, Keating served as a temporary color analyst on the Detroit Tigers Radio Network for several road games, as regular analyst Jim Price substituted in turn for play-by-play announcer Dan Dickerson while the latter recuperated from leg surgery.