Longtime Seattle Sportscaster Dies

By Andrew Gauthier 

The Daily World

Ron Forsell, an Aberdeen native who became a prominent television newsman and sports anchor in Seattle, died Dec. 24. He was 81.

Born Nov. 16, 1928, in Aberdeen, he graduated from Aberdeen High School and Washington State University, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Radio Speech from WSU in 1950.

After broadcasting Washington State sports as a student, Forsell spent six years as a sportscaster at an Ellensburg radio station before joining KIRO-TV when the station went on the air for the first time in 1958.

He was news director for several years and was named sports director in 1969.

Although Forsell did play-by-play for Seattle University basketball for several years in the 1960s and ’70s and had a brief stint as the play-by-play voice of University of Washington basketball, he was best known as KIRO’s television sports anchor for seven years. More…