Soccer Broadcasting

Note: Here is a June 2014 Saint Louis University feature about being honored as a Billiken Legend and a June 2010 announcement about my record as the longest running U.S. soccer broadcaster.

After playing soccer at Saint Louis University from 1967 to 1970, Bill McDermott began a soccer announcing career in 1972 and along with his graphic design business, is still active today providing Play by Play and Color Commentary for soccer games on Television and Radio. Here's a yearly synopsis:

Play-By-Play, Color Commentary and Public Address Announcing:

  • 1970: Attended the World Cup in Mexico and reported back to St. Louis on KMOX Radio (CBS affiliate in St. Louis)
  • 1972-1977: Public Address for the St. Louis Stars (NASL) and Play-By-Play of away games on KPLR-TV in St. Louis
  • 1972- 1973: Attended the NCAA soccer Championship in Miami, Florida and reported back to St. Louis on KMOX Radio
  • 1972-1976: Public Address for St. Louis University Hockey
  • 1972-1981: Public Address for St. Louis University Basketball
  • 1973, 1978: Public Address for the NCAA Basketball Final Four Championship at the Arena in St. Louis
  • 1974: Attended the World Cup in West Germany and reported back to St. Louis on KMOX Radio 
  • 1974-Present: Public Address for St. Louis University Soccer
  • 1977: Host of “Soccer Made in Germany” on KETC-TV (Educational Station in St. Louis)
  • 1978: Reporting of the 1978 World Cup in Argentina for KMOX Radio in St. Louis
  • 1978: Play-By-Play of St. Louis University soccer on KCLC Radio, St. Charles, MO
  • 1979: Color Commentary for College Soccer on ESPN (First ever soccer game televised on ESPN - UCLA vs St. Louis University at Washington University’s Francis Field in St. Louis)
  • 1980-83: Play-By-Play and color for the St. Louis Steamers (MISL) on KDNL-TV and KPLR-TV in St. Louis
  • 1980: Play-By-Play for the Memphis Rogues (NASL) on WNBC-TV in Memphis, TN
  • 1980: On camera speaking role in a  national Michelob Light Soccer Commercial for D’Arcy, MacManus and Masius (ADDY Award Winner)
  • 1981-84: Public Address for the St. Louis Steamers (MISL) at the Arena in St. Louis
  • 1982: Public Address for the NCAA Midwest Regional at the Arena in St. Louis
  • 1982: Reporting of the 1982 World Cup in Spain for KMOX Radio
  • 1982: On camera speaking role in a regional Wonder Bread M.V.P. (minerals, vitamins, protein) commercial with 1982 World Series MVP, Darrell Porter
  • 1983: Play-By-Play of St. Louis University Soccer for Warner Amex Cable in St. Louis 
  • 1984-85: Color Commentary for college outdoor (NCAA), professional indoor (MISL) and professional outdoor (NASL) soccer on Anheuser-Busch’s “Sports Time” Cable Network
  • 1985: Color Commentary for the Cleveland Force (MISL) on WUAB-TV Cleveland, OH
  • 1985: Color Commentary for the Wichita Wings (MISL) on KFH Radio in Wichita, KS
  • 1985-86: Color Commentary and appearances on “Soccer Open Line” Show on KMOX Radio in St. Louis 
  • 1986: Attended the World Cup in Mexico and reported back to St. Louis on KMOX Radio
  • 1986-89: Color Commentary for the Cleveland Force (MISL) on WOIO-TV in Cleveland, OH (Awarded an Emmy for work during the 1986-87 season - first time ever that a local NATAS chapter won an Emmy for soccer on television; Bob Ley of ESPN was play-by-play)
  • 1988-Present: On air soccer correspondent for KMOX radio
  • 1990: Attended the World Cup in Italy and reported back to St. Louis on KMOX Radio
  • 1990: Color Commentary for College Soccer (Midwestern Collegiate Conference Championship) on ESPN
  • 1990-91: Color Commentary for the St. Louis Storm (MSL) on KMOX Radio and KPLR-TV in St. Louis
  • 1991-92: Color Commentary for the St. Louis Storm (MSL) on KEZK Radio and KPLR-TV in St. Louis
  • 1992: Host of weekly soccer show, “Kickin’It Around” on KASP  Radio, AM 1380 in St. Louis
  • 1992-93: Color Commentary for the St. Louis Ambush (NPSL on KASP Radio and KPLR-TV in St. Louis)
  • 1993-Present: On-Air Soccer correspondent for KSDK-TV (NBC affiliate in St. Louis)
  • 1994: Host of weekly soccer show on KFNS Radio, AM 590 in St. Louis
  • 1994: Voice-Over for Budweiser radio commercial during World Cup USA ‘94 for D’Arcy, Masius, Benton and Bowles
  • 1994: Color Commentary for ESPN for their coverage of World Cup USA ‘94 (San Francisco and Los Angeles venues)
  • 1995: Color Commentary for the St. Louis Ambush (NPSL) on Prime Sports
  • 1995: Color Commentary for the St. Louis Knights (USISL) on KFNS Radio, AM 590 in St. Louis 
  • 1995: Sideline Reporting for ESPN of U.S. Cup ‘95 (Mexico vs. Nigeria, June 24, 1995 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX)
  • 1995: Color Commentary for ESPN (United States vs. Saudi Arabia, October 9, 1995 at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC)
  • 1996: Color Commentary for NPSL on espn2
  • 1996: Color Commentary for St. Louis University soccer on KFNS Radio, AM 590 in St. Louis
  • 1996: Color Commentary for ESPN and espn2 for their coverage of the inaugural season of MLS soccer
  • 1996: Color Commentary for ESPN of U.S. Cup ‘96 (Mexico vs. Ireland, June 12, 1996 at Giants’ Stadium)
  • 1996-98: Sideline Reporting for ABC of MLS Cups
  • 1997-99: Color Commentary for ESPN International and espn2 for their coverage of the Dallas Cup
  • 1997-98: Color Commentary for ABC, ESPN, and espn2 for their coverage of MLS
  • 1997: Color Commentary for ESPN International for their coverage of Italian Serie A games
  • 1998: Color Commentary for ABC, ESPN and espn2 for their coverage of World Cup ‘98 in France
  • 1999: Color Commentary for  St. Louis Ambush on KMOX radio in St. Louis
  • 1999-2007: Color Commentary for Dallas Burn, San Jose Earthquakes and Houston Dynamo of MLS
  • 1999-2010: Play by Play and Color Commentary for Columbus Crew of MLS
  • 2001-2004: Play by Play and Color Commentary for St. Louis University soccer on Charter 
  • Communications and KFNS radio
  • 2002-2004: Color Commentary for C-USA Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships on the C-USA Network
  • 2002: Co-Host of Charter Communications “World Cup Weekly”
  • 2003: Co-Host of the MLS Super Draft on mlsnet.com
  • 2003-2005: Play-By-Play for Kansas City Wizards of MLSfor Warner Sports
  • 2003-2005: Game Reporting for MLS Wrap Show on Fox Sports World
  • 2004-2005: Play by Play and color for St. Louis Steamers of MISL on WB 11 and Charter Communications
  • 2005-2006:  Color Commentary for CSTV on Post-Season Tournaments
  • 2006: Daily Host for XM Satellite’s “World Cup Today” -  coverage of the 2006 World Cup in Germany
  • 2009 Public Address announcing and Play by Play of St. Louis Athletica (WPS) Games on KPLR TV Channel 11
  • 2010: Daily host of "World Cup Update" on KFNS Radio, as well as appearances on KSDK and Fox2 News as a World Cup consultant
  • 2011: Color commentary for the Houston Dynamo of MLS on Dynamo TV and the Columbus Crew of MLS on Fox Sports Ohio
  • 2012: Weekly appearances on StL United Soccer show on KFNS Radio sponsored by the Suntrup Automotive Group
  • 2013: Play by Play for Chelsea vs Manchester City on May 23 at Busch Stadium; Real Madrid vs Inter Milan on Aug. 10 at the Edward Jones Dome and Bosnia/Herzegovina vs Argentina on Nov. 18 at Busch Stadium all on KMOX Radio in St. Louis
  • 2014: Host of a daily World Cup show on KMOX Radio in St. Louis throughout the entire World Cup in Brazil as well as appearances on KSDK (NBC affiliate in St. Louis) and Fox 2 News as a World Cup consultant
  • 2014: Play by Play of Fulham FC vs DC United of MLS on 1010 XL 92.5 FM in Jacksonville, FL at EverBank Field
  • 2014-2015: Play by Play for the St. Louis Ambush on Gateway Television Network in St. Louis
  • 2015: Play by Play and color commentary for St. Louis FC of USL Pro on KTRS Radio in St. Louis