Bill Roth was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and grew up in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, a suburb about seven miles south of the city. When he was young, his father bought him a tape recorder, and he decided he wanted to be a broadcaster at around 8 years old.

Mt. Lebanon was known for exceptional athletics and had one of the first stadiums with a turf field, a nice press box, a great swimming pool, and an intense commitment to athletics from the school and community. At Mt. Lebanon High School, Bill announced all the home football games, which led him to interning at Duquesne’s radio station when he was only in 9th grade.

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