FC Cincinnati announced today local broadcast plans for the 2022 season. For a seventh consecutive season, WSTR Star 64, part of the Sinclair Broadcast Group, will continue to be the local Official Broadcast Partner of FC Cincinnati. In addition, FC Cincinnati continue their partnership with iHeartRadio to be the Official Radio Broadcast Home of FC Cincinnati for the 2022 season.
Similar to the club’s first three MLS seasons, the broadcast will take place in a two-and-a-half hour window and include a 30-minute postgame show during each telecast.
In addition, for a third consecutive season, all locally broadcasted matches will be free to stream for fans in the club’s designated regional broadcast territory, which includes Greater Cincinnati, as well as Dayton, eastern Indiana, Lexington and Louisville regions.
The free match streams will be accessible inside the geofenced region and accessible here. Each stream will begin at the advertised kickoff time and will include the entire match broadcast, including the 30-minute post-match show.
Fans who live outside the club’s designated broadcast region will continue to stream locally broadcasted games via a monthly subscription to ESPN+.
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WSTR continues its relationship with FC Cincinnati as the club begins the second season at TQL Stadium. WSTR has carried FCC’s matches in each of the club’s seasons – the from 2016-18 while playing in the United Soccer League, and then the previous three seasons in Major League Soccer. This season, 32 of FCC’s 34 regular season matches will be carried live on WSTR, with two games (April 24 vs. LAFC; July 17 at Columbus Crew) being aired nationally on FS1 and FOX Deportes.
Also returning for a third consecutive year together on air is the FC Cincinnati broadcast trio of Tom Gelehrter (play-by-play), Kevin McCloskey (analyst) and Alex Stec (sideline). David Ashbrock returns as the broadcast’s lead producer. The club’s three-person broadcast team will be central to every WSTR telecast, including live, on-site reporting from every away game.
Broadcast Team Bios
Tom Gelehrter, Play-by-Play & Executive Producer: For the seventh straight season, Tom Gelehrter once again leads the FC Cincinnati broadcast team, bringing 23 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.
Alex Stec, Sideline Reporter: 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 made her FC Cincinnati sideline reporting debut in 2020 and will continue in that role for both home and away matches during the 2022 campaign. 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 seventh 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 41 years in Cincinnati television, Ashbrock has won 40 Regional Emmy Awards and three Telly Awards for his work.
FC Cincinnati's 2022 schedule can be viewed, HERE. FCC’s 2022 home slate begins at TQL Stadium when the club hosts D.C. United in the home opener on March 5th. Fans can get the best tickets at the best price to the best matches all season long, including the home opener, by purchasing season tickets at fccincinnati.com/tickets or by calling 513-977-KICK, that’s 513-977-5425.
Fans can also purchase half-season ticket packages and single match tickets to any of FC Cincinnati’s 17 home games are available now.
FC Cincinnati begin their fourth season of MLS competition in 2022, and their second playing at TQL Stadium. For up-to-the-minute information about FC Cincinnati, visit the team’s official website at fccincinnati.com, or follow the team on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @FCCincinnati. Additionally, fans are encouraged to download the team’s official mobile app on the Apple App Store or Google Play for instant access to mobile tickets, team content and match notifications.