About // Eli Gold
Eli Gold was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He started his sports broadcasting career in 1972 working as a weekend sports reporter with the Mutual Broadcasting System.
Eli Gold has handled various play-by-play assignments over the years. Included are 9 years as a professional hockey announcer in the Eastern, North American, Southern, American and Central Hockey Leagues as well as the World Hockey Association (Birmingham Bulls) and the National Hockey League (St. Louis Blues). Eli Gold was the first play-by-play announcer for the UAB Blazers basketball team and remained part of the broadcast crew for 6 years.
Eli Gold spent 4 years as the "voice" of the Birmingham Barons baseball team (AA Southern League) and was named the Southern League's Broadcaster Of The Year in 1983.
Since 1976, Eli Gold has been a member of NASCAR's Motor Racing Network (MRN) which broadcasts NASCAR racing events over a 500 station radio network. Over the years, Eli Gold has served the network as a co-anchor, turn announcer and pit reporter. In addition, since 1982, Eli Gold has hosted a weekly, nationally syndicated, radio call-in show about NASCAR racing. "NASCAR Live" is now heard on 450 of MRN's radio affiliates each and every Tuesday night. Many companies with ties to racing continue to call upon Eli Gold to narrate their corporate videos and speak at their special functions and dinner banquets.
Effective with the 1996 NASCAR racing season, Eli Gold began serving as the anchorman for The Nashville Network's (TNN) televised coverage of NASCAR racing. Eli Gold has also worked in a play-by-play role with both CBS Sports and NBC Sports in their coverage of NASCAR racing.
Starting with the 1988 season, Eli Gold became the radio play-by-play voice of the University Of Alabama Crimson Tide football and basketball teams. His responsibilities with "The Tide" also included hosting "Hey Coach", the weekly football and basketball coach's radio call-in show. To this day, Eli Gold continues as the football "voice" of the Tide while now concentrating his collegiate basketball play-by-play efforts on telecasts for FOX Sports Net. In 1998, Eli Gold was called upon by CBS Sports to handle the play-by-play on a college basketball regional telecast featuring the Universities of Georgia and South Carolina.
Starting with the 2000 season, Eli Gold became TNN's "voice" of the Arena Football League handling the play-by-play for the network's live coverage of the AFL. Eli Gold continued as the play-by-play announcer for the entire 3-year run of the AFL on TNN. In 2003, NBC Sports hired Eli Gold to join the network as a play-by-play announcer for their coverage of the Arena Football League.
Starting in the Fall of 2003, Eli Gold became part of SportsUSA Radio's coverage of the National Football League. SportsUSA Radio is the second national network to offer live, syndicated coverage of the NFL. Eli Gold handles the play-by-play of one NFL game each weekend. In addition, Eli Gold will "call" post-season college football bowl and all-star games for SportsUSA Radio.
Looking back, Eli Gold has served as the host of "Thursday Night Thunder" which was part of ESPN's auto racing coverage. He has handled college baseball broadcasts for SportsChannel America and was the radio network play-by-play voice of the Florida Citrus Bowl in both 1989 and 1990. For 7 years, Eli Gold also hosted "This Week In NASCAR", a live televised call-in show that over the years aired both on "Prime Network" and TNN.
Outside of his play-by-play duties, Eli Gold was the Sports Director for WERC Radio in Birmingham, Alabama and for six years hosted a nightly sports call-in show entitled "Calling All Sports". He resigned his position with WERC to accept a job as Sports Director with WBRC-TV Channel 6 which at that time was Birmingham's ABC affiliate. At WBRC, Eli Gold anchored three sportscasts each evening and also hosted a weekly call-in show "Sports Talk With Eli Gold". Eli Gold elected to leave WBRC-TV at the expiration of his contract to further expand his play-by-play duties.
Eli Gold is a 4-time Alabama Sportscaster Of The Year as voted by his peers in the National Sportscasters And Sportswriters Association. He was twice named Alabama Sportscaster Of The Year by the Associated Press and once earned the same honor from United Press International.
Born in December 1953 in Brooklyn, New York, Eli Gold now resides in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife Claudette and their daughter elise.