Major League Soccer has national TV broadcast relationships with ESPN, FOX and Univision, as well as TSN and TVA in Canada.
FC Cincinnati’s non-nationally televised games are broadcast in high definition (HD) on WSTR Star64 in the Greater Cincinnati area.
The partnership between FCC and Star64 is now in its fifth year and not only includes WSTR’s agreement to carry all of FC Cincinnati’s games that are not nationally televised, but also extends the show into a two-and-a-half hour window to accommodate a 30-minute postgame show during each telecast. Each production is slated to feature angles from at least 10 cameras every show, including goal cameras
The free stream on fccincinnati.com will complement the over-the-air broadcast coverage provided by WSTR Star 64, and be available throughout the club’s designated regional broadcast territory, which includes Greater Cincinnati, as well as Dayton, eastern Indiana, Lexington and Louisville regions.
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Fans outside the Tri-State area can stream all non-nationally televised games through ESPN+. The Tri-State area will be blacked out on ESPN+.
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Nationally televised games are streamed on the network’s own streaming platform. Games televised nationally on the ESPN family of networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNNews, ESPNU, etc.) can be found on WatchESPN, Games televised nationally on the FOX family of networks (FOX, FS1, FS2, FX, FXX, etc.) can be found on Fox Sports Go. Authenticated ESPN and FOX subscribers can log in to watch anywhere in the U.S. via participating distributors.
Games televised nationally on the Univision family of networks are also streamed live on Twitter.
WDJO’s live audio stream of the game can also be accessed at TuneIn by searching WDJO, as well as at fccincinnati.com
Returning for a fifth year together on air is the FC Cincinnati broadcast team of Tom Gelehrter (play-by-play), Kevin McCloskey (analyst) and Lindsay Patterson (home sideline). David Ashbrock returns as the broadcast’s lead producer. New to the broadcast in 2020, Alex Stec (sideline) will be serving as sideline reporter for away matches. The club’s three-person broadcast team will be central to every WSTR telecast and WDJO broadcast, with on-site reporting from every game – both home and away.
Tom Gelehrter, Play-by-Play & Executive Producer: For the fifth straight season, Tom Gelehrter once again leads the FC Cincinnati broadcast team, bringing 21 years of experience to the booth. Gelehrter served as the “Voice of FC Cincinnati” throughout the USL era and has extensive experience on both television and radio, having called games for ESPNU, ESPN3, FOX Sports Ohio and 700-WLW. Before founding 4th Floor Creative, he spent nine years as the Senior Director of New Media and Broadcasting at the University of Cincinnati. Additionally, Gelehrter called soccer on the collegiate level at both the University of Akron and the University of Cincinnati and hosted the weekly television shows for Bearcats football and basketball for seven years. He is a 2002 graduate of Syracuse University.
Kevin McCloskey, Match Analyst: Kevin McCloskey joined the FC Cincinnati broadcast team in 2016 and has served as the club’s match analyst since. A native of Belfast, Ireland, Kevin McCloskey moved to the United States in 1999 to play soccer at the University of Rio Grande. He was an All-American midfielder during his collegiate career and participated in two NAIA national tournaments before playing professionally for four years with the Cincinnati Kings of the USL. He has experience as an assistant coach with the men’s soccer programs at Northern Kentucky University, Xavier University, the University of Rio Grande and Urbana University. McCloskey currently serves as Executive Director for Kings Hammer Soccer Club and holds a USSF A license. Prior to his collegiate career, he played on the Northern Ireland U16 & U18 national teams. McCloskey received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Rio Grande and master’s degree from Urbana University.
Lindsay Patterson, Sideline Reporter at Nippert Stadium: In the past nine years, Lindsay Patterson has established herself as one of the hardest working sports reporters in the Tri-State area. She was the first sideline reporter in club history, joining FC Cincinnati in 2016 and serving in that role over the past four years. In 2020, Patterson will serve as the club's sideline reporter for matches played at Nippert Stadium. Patterson has spent the last eight years as a sideline reporter with the Time Warner Cable Sports Network and has experience as a sideline reporter on ESPN3. She previously worked as a radio producer/anchor for ESPN 1530 and also provides commentary and analyst on Cincinnati sports to Q102 FM and the Cincinnati Enquirer. She is a 2010 graduate of Wilmington College.
Alex Stec, Sideline Reporter at away matches: Alex Stec joined the FC Cincinnati organization in 2018 as the club's Social Media Manager. Now the club's Director of Digital Content, Stec leads the planning and execution of content across FCCincinnati.com and all of the club's social media channels. In the club's inaugural 2019 MLS season, Stec hosted FC Cincinnati's Pre-Match Meeting live show prior to away matches. She is making her FC Cincinnati sideline reporting debut in 2020. Formerly the Brand Journalist for Columbus Crew SC from 2015-18, she served as sideline reporter for select Columbus Crew SC matches on Spectrum SportsNet from 2016-18. A versatile talent, Stec has also served as in-stadium host and PA announcer for various USWNT matches. A native of Medina, Ohio, Stec played soccer at Ohio University from 2010-14.
David Ashbrock, Producer: Award-winning producer David Ashbrock returns for his fifth season leading FC Cincinnati’s broadcast production. Ashbrock is an independent television producer, director, editor, animator and project manager who regularly works for FOX and ESPN. He is the coordinating producer and director for the Cincinnati Bengals Television Network and is the lead consultant-designer for studio and edit facilities at Pro Football Focus. His sports experience includes both producing and directing basketball, tennis, indoor and outdoor soccer, volleyball, college and professional football, bowling, golf, hockey and horse racing. Ashbrock was the executive producer and director of University of Cincinnati Basketball and football from 1983-2007. In his 40 years in Cincinnati television, Ashbrock has won 39 Regional Emmy Awards and three Telly Awards for his work.