Scott Ferrall (born July 29, 1965) is an American sports talk radio personality who currently broadcasts for CBS Sports Radio with the program Ferrall on the Bench. His raspy voice is easily recognizable.
Scott Ferrall’s career began at the University of Indiana where from 1983-1987 he covered their legendary basketball and soccer teams while also DJ’ing on local commercial radio station WBWB for which he eventually earned a broadcasting scholarship. In 1987, after college, Ferrall got a job at KQV in his hometown of Pittsburgh as a news reporter and quickly moved up to Sports Director where he did morning and afternoon drive sports updates as well his covering his beloved Pirates, Penguins and Steelers. Ferrall left KQV in 1990 to go to go to Chicago where he covered the Chicago Blackhawks and White Sox. In 1992, Scott worked on the Sports Entertainment Network out of Las Vegas. In 1993, he went to Atlanta to work on WCNN (The Fan) as their afternoon drive host.
In 1994, Ferrall made the move back out west where he hosted Ferrall OnThe Bench nightly on KNBR in San Francisco and was simulcasted on TV nationally on SportsChannel. Things really took off for Ferrall from there as he moved his show to Los Angeles in 1995 to be nationally nationally on Westwood One and continued here until 1999. During this time he also co-hosted “This Week in the NHL” nationally on Westwood One with Don Crique (’94-’99), did sports for MTV (’95-’98) and Co-Hosted TV’s “Battledome” (’98-’99) with Steve Albert.
In 1999 Scott decided to accept a new challenge and follow the sport that held his deepest passion by being the radio play by play voice of that NHL’s expansion Atlanta Thrashers. Ferrall went back to national sports talk to following year when he became the evening host on Sportsfan Radio Network in Las Vegas. When Sportsfan went under a year later, Ferrall went to New York where he worked on the legendary WFAN, then ESPN Radio New York and then took over mornings on WNEW. After a scandal with another show on WNEW caused massive changes at the station, Ferrall made his way down to Miami where he hosted mornings on WQAM. Next, he moved back up to Atlanta where he hosted on WMAX while also being part of “Mancow’s Morning Madhouse”. After his station flipped formats, Ferrall moved over to Fox Sports Radio where he was again nationally syndicated.
In 2006, Scott was brought over to the newly created Howard 101 on Sirius Satellite Radio to host The Ferrall Show, even though Howard Stern was not a fan of sports. Ferrall had earned the legendary broadcaster’s respect while competing against him during his time at WNEW (when Stern was nationally syndicated out of WXRK) and felt that like himself, Ferrall was a great radio talent that had been treated poorly by the industry.
In 2013, Ferrall went back to terrestrial radio to revive Ferrall on the Bench, and become part of the newly launched national sports network CBS Sports Radio as their 10PM-2AM ET host where he can still be heard weeknights.