About TomAs a high school senior, Tom listed his ultimate career goal "to become the next Voice of the Wildcats." Almost every broadcaster in Kentucky wants that best seat in Rupp Arena, but the dream came true for Tom. Now, he follows in the footsteps of Cawood Ledford, Ralph Hacker, Claude Sullivan, Jim Host and the others who have called the games for the Cats.
Tom began his work on the UK Radio Network in 1989 as host of the postgame scoreboard and call-in shows. Eight years later, he was named the play-by-play voice for Kentucky football and he added the basketball responsibilities in 2001. Since then, he's been named Kentucky Sportscaster of the year five times.
In 2012, Tom joined the fraternity of UK broadcasters who have called a national championship win for the Wildcats. He has also been at the microphone for Final Fours in 2011, 2014, and 2015 for the Kentucky basketball team. In football, Tom called the historic 2007 upset of number one-ranked LSU and 7 bowl games featuring the Wildcats.
Thoroughbred racing is also a big part of Tom's resume. He is a two-time winner of the prestigious Eclipse Award for excellence in coverage of Thoroughbred racing and he does reporting and handicapping for another Kentucky legend, Keeneland Racecourse.
Leach's love of sports was passed down from father to son. Alvin Leach was a member of the Lexington Hustlers, a historic semi-pro baseball team. The Hustlers team, formed in the 1940's, is believed to be one of the first integrated squads in the south. Leach's brother, Steve, was a standout quarterback at Georgetown College in the early 1960's. And Leach's uncle, Billy Hall, received a football scholarship to the University of Kentucky and played under the legendary Paul "Bear" Bryant.
Tom's company, Tom Leach Productions, produces and markets his daily statewide radio show, "The Leach Report," plus his website, tomleachky.com, The company also manages Tom's client endorsements and public speaking engagements.
Tom is a 1979 graduate of Bourbon County High School and a 1983 graduate of the University of Kentucky. Tom is married to Robyn Rabbeth, a former anchor for WLEX-TV. They have two children: Connor and Caroline.
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