Last updated: 11/10/05
Bob Davis, a 10-time winner of the Kansas Sportscaster of the Year award, enters his 9th season as the play-by-play voice of the Royals television network. In addition to his work with the Royals, Davis has been the voice of the Kansas Jayhawks for the past 22 years. Prior to his stint with the Jayhawks, Davis spent 16 years announcing Fort Hays State University games, earning a spot in the school's Athletic Hall of Fame. He has also been the radio voice for the NCAA women's Final Four basketball championships. A native of Topeka, Davis graduated from Topeka West High School and Washburn University. He resides in Lawrence, Kan., with his wife, Linda. Bob and Linda have a son, Steven.
Paul Splittorff returns to the television booth for his 19th season as the analyst on the Royals television network. The Royals Hall of Famer and all-time winningest pitcher in club history has worked in broadcasting since retiring in 1984. He joined the Royals organization in 1968 and compiled a 166-143 record with a 3.81 ERA in 429 games during his 15-year playing career. In addition to recording the most wins in Royals history, the left-hander also owns the club record for starts (392) and innings pitched (2,554.2). He became Kansas City's first 20-game winner in 1973 and was inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame in 1987. When Splittorff is not broadcasting Royals baseball, he keeps busy in the winter months broadcasting college basketball. He serves as an analyst for the Big 12 Conference and works locally on the telecast of Kansas State University and UMKC. His baseball and basketball broadcasting work are the result of his 2-sport (baseball and basketball) college days at Morningside College in Iowa. Splittorff and his wife, Lynn, have a daughter, Jennifer and son, Jamie.
Fred White continues to work with the Royals broadcast team as both Director-Broadcast Services and Royals Alumni in 2006, as well as a broadcaster for the Royals radio and television coverage. White handles the Royals broadcast services and oversees the club's alumni group, which was started in 2001. He rejoined the organization in 2001 after serving as an announcer on the Royals Radio Network for 25 years from 1974-1998. White has won numerous awards in the broadcast industry and has worked college basketball and football games for CBS, NBC, TBS, Raycom and ESPN. His voice is heard year-round as he continues to draw assignments in the Big 12 and Big 10. In addition, he serves as a host and reporter for Metro Sports, Kansas City's 24-hour sports channel. A graduate of Eastern Illinois University, White has been named the Kansas Sportscaster of the Year several times. He and his wife, Barb, reside in Leawood, Kan. He has 3 children, Stacy, John and Joe Brett.
Denny Matthews became the newest member of the Royals Hall of Fame in August of 2004. He celebrates his 38th season behind the microphone for the club in 2006. The "Voice of the Royals" has broadcast exclusively for the same team, without interruption, in five different decades.
Matthews has seen more Royals games than anyone else during his 37 years with Kansas City. He was chosen from more than 300 applicants for the No. 2 announcer position alongside Bud Blattner prior to the Royals initial season in 1969, before taking over the number 1 job following the 1975 season. He teamed with Fred White on the Royals Radio Network from 1974-1998 before Ryan Lefebvre joined him in the booth in 1999. The veteran broadcaster has also lent his play-by-play skills to the CBS Radio Network during portions of the regular season and during the 1982 and 1985 World Series. Matthews graduated from Central Catholic High School in Bloomington, Ill., and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in August, 2001. He is a 1966 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan where he lettered in football and baseball for three years and finished 8th in the nation (NAIA) in pass receiving in 1965. Prior to joining the Royals, Matthews worked for WMBD-TV and radio and KMOX-TV. His brother, Mike, is the radio analyst for Illinois State University basketball. Matthews, an avid collector of sports publications, enjoys playing golf and hockey. He resides in Leawood, Kan.
Ryan Lefebvre begins his eighth season as a Royals radio broadcaster and his 12th season in the Major League booth. Before joining the Royals for the 1999 season, he spent four seasons as a broadcaster for the Minnesota Twins. He was hired by Minnesota at the age of 24, one year after graduating from college. He worked both television and radio for the Twins and broadcast University of Minnesota football, hockey and volleyball. The Los Angeles native graduated from Loyola High School in 1989 and began his broadcasting career as a freshman at the University of Minnesota at KUOM radio. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1994 where he was a three-time All-Big Ten selection in baseball and established school records for hits, triples and at-bats. He was drafted in the 27th round of the 1993 June Free Agent Draft by the Cleveland Indians and played one season in the New York-Penn League. Lefebvre is the son of former big league player and manager Jim Lefebvre. Actively involved in a number of Kansas City community activities, he is the founder of Gloves For Kids and the Footprints Foundation, which raises money for youth programs in Kansas and Missouri. He resides in Lake Winnebago, Mo.
Brian McRae, a Major Leaguer from 1990-99, is in his fourth season with MLB.com. In addition to his work with MLB.com Radio, Brian provided analysis on MLB.com's 2003 Draft Show as well as throughout the 2003 playoffs. In addition to his MLB.com duties, Brian has worked on ESPN's Baseball Tonight and is a part-owner of WHB 810 AM in Kansas City. Brian retired from baseball in 1999 after a 10-year career in which he batted .261 with stops in Kansas City, Chicago and New York. His best season was in 1995, when he finished fourth in the American League in hits. In 1996, Brian led the Cubs in at-bats (624), runs scored (111), triples (5), walks (73) and stolen bases (37). He also tied for sixth in the National League in stolen bases and set career highs in home runs, steals and runs scored. In 1998, Brian had his best year in the National League, slugging 21 home runs, driving in 79 RBIs with a .264 average. He is the son of former Major Leaguer Hal McRae.