Rishi Barran, Reporter
Rishi Barran is proud to call the Tampa Bay area home after spending years living in different parts of the country. Rishi brings an energetic style and passion for sports to his work as a reporter, anchor, and play-by-play broadcaster at Spectrum Sports.
Rishi joined the Spectrum Sports staff early in 2015 and has had a number of memorable experiences through his work in a short period of time. He experienced Cuban culture first hand, traveling with the Tampa Bay Rays for their historic trip to Havana. Rishi loved covering every aspect of the Rays visit, highlighted by their game against Cuban national team with President Obama in attendance.
Rishi is honored to be a play-by-play voice for high school games every week. Nothing was more exciting than calling the action of the thrilling back-and-forth 2015 Class 5A state football final. There was never a dull moment as Bishop Moore outlasted Wakulla for its first state title since 1970 in a game that came down to the final play.
During his 10+ year career in sports broadcasting, Rishi has seen everything from the first 15-seed to ever win two games in a single NCAA tournament to the legendary six overtime Big East Tournament game between Syracuse and Connecticut.
Rishi got his first taste of sports broadcasting as a student at the University of Maryland-College Park. He worked for UMTV’s Capital News Service and WMUC radio, where he covered a national championship in basketball and two major football bowl games.
Rishi’s professional on-air career began at KTVO-TV in Kirksville, Mo. From there he moved on to WHP-TV in Harrisburg, Pa. (where he previously worked as a news photojournalist) before taking a job at WTVH-TV in Syracuse, N.Y., just miles from his hometown. Mom was happy to finally get to watch him on TV, and Rishi was thrilled to be there at 4 a.m. when his beloved Auburn Doubledays unloaded a bus with their first New York-Penn League championship of his lifetime.
Rishi eventually moved to Fort Myers (now known as “Dunk City” thanks to FGCU basketball) and got his fill of spring training baseball and Florida high school football while working at WBBH/WZVN-TV.
Rishi was born and raised in Auburn, N.Y. Every time he goes home, he still gets questions about his 2001 appearance on “Wheel of Fortune”. That still qualifies as his most profitable day of work, as he won a new truck and a trip to California.
Rishi enjoys traveling whenever he gets a chance to. He’s currently writing his first book and loves to read, play sports, and dine at local gems. You’ll also occasionally find him taking part in karaoke.
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