From Boston TV Sportscaster To Voice Of The Kettleers, Mr. Reiss Enjoying Life in Mashpee
By: GEOFF SPILLANE, June 16, 2014
As the Cape Cod Baseball League begins its 129th season this week, nobody is more excited about getting back to the park than Roy S. Reiss.
Since 2012, Mr. Reiss, 70, has been the public address announcer for the Cotuit Kettleers, but his involvement in sports media spans nearly five decades.
Earlier this week, Mr. Reiss discussed his career in an interview at the Southport Village Center. He and his wife, Sarah, moved to Southport a year ago from Ashland.
In the late 1960s, Mr. Reiss began his career in radio, working for WCCM in Lawrence, which was owned by Curt Gowdy Broadcasting. It was during that time that he also cut his teeth in front of the camera, working as a part-time sportscaster at Channel 27 in Worcester.
Those initial broadcasting stints ultimately led to the opportunity of a lifetime for the young sports reporter.
For one year, he served as the legendary Curt Gowdy’s personal assistant. Working out of the Gowdy residence in Wellesley, he assisted in the production of NBC radio broadcasts from an in-home studio.
“It was a great experience. We remained friends for life,” Mr. Reiss said about the sports broadcasting icon who later covered national and international sporting events, including the World Series, Super Bowl, and Olympic Games for ABC and NBC.
After a year of working with Mr. Gowdy, Mr. Reiss spent the next decade as a weekend sportscaster for Channel 7 in Boston, working alongside local news celebrities including John Henning, Harvey Leonard, Bill O’Connell, John Dennis, and Bob Gamere.
And the apple didn’t fall far from the tree for Mr. Reiss’s son Michael. He is currently the New England Patriots reporter for ESPNBoston.com.
In 1982, the elder Mr. Reiss left the sports desk for a corporate desk, most recently serving as online sales manager for The Boston Globe, but his interest in sports—especially baseball—never wavered.
During this time, he made frequent trips to the Cape.
“About 11 years ago, I came to Cotuit. I had never been there in my life, and I fell in love with that place. After that, I came down at least once a year for a Kettleers game,” he said.
Six years ago, after his retirement, Mr. Reiss began working part-time at the New England Patriots’ Hall of Fame in Foxboro.
Bryan Morry, executive director of The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon, and a Mashpee resident, has known Mr. Reiss for many years.
“Roy’s passion for sports is infectious. You can hear it in his voice and see it in his face when he speaks about the Patriots or even the Kettleers. Roy typically worked on Tuesdays here at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon and I always looked forward to his arrival when he would stick his head in my office to talk about Sunday’s game. He devours the game’s details and would have been the perfect baseball stat junkie,” Mr. Morry said.
One day, Mr. Reiss met a visitor to the Hall who said he was from Cotuit, and the two struck up a conversation. Turns out that the visitor was Paul Logan, president of the Kettleers organization, and the two became fast friends.
Mr. Logan invited Mr. Reiss to come to a meeting in Cotuit.
“I couldn’t believe the number of volunteers and how passionate they were about the team,” Mr. Reiss said.
In 2010, Mr. Reiss was asked to help with PA duties, which also led to increased involvement with the team including working with interns, selling advertising, and writing for team’s website. He became the full time “voice of the Kettleers” in 2012.
It was during that time that Mr. Reiss visited Mashpee by himself to look at a model unit at Southport.
“I then said to my wife, ‘Let’s take a trip to Mashpee.’ She fell in love with the place and 13 months later we moved in,” he said.
They are now very involved in the community, and Mr. Reiss serves on the election committee at the retirement community.
“I can’t tell you how many times he has told me how much he loves living in Mashpee, and having the Kettleers right down the road was perfect for both him and the ball club.
He was thrilled when they won last year’s championship and I know how excited he’s been to get this season started. I have been going to Kettleers games for quite a few years now and love hearing Roy’s voice over the PA when I am down at Lowell Park with my kids,” Mr. Morry said.
Mr. Reiss backed up Mr. Morry’s words during this week’s interview.
“I love doing this. It is the most magnificent place in the world,” Mr. Reiss said, referring to his affiliation with the Kettleers and their home field of Lowell Park.