A self-proclaimed "sports nut" growing up in Clovis, California, Kate Scott dabbled in just about every sport, lettering in four in high school, and planned to play soccer in college. A knee injury derailed that plan, but opened the door to a career in sports journalism, one that started at her high school newspaper and continued at Cal Berkeley.
After graduating from Cal, Scott was offered a chance to do play-by-play announcing of high school sports in the Bay Area. She was raw—"I messed up a lot," she said—but Scott also fell in love with the rush that came with the gig.
"The rush and the nervous energy I felt as an athlete years earlier came back," Scott said. "For the first time since I hung up the boots, I felt all those awesome nerves and anxiousness and energy. I was just like vibrating I was so excited again. I thought, I'd love to see how far I could take it, because it would be amazing to get paid to do that."
Scott's career has taken her to the highest levels of professional and amateur sports, calling everything from the NBA to college football to the NHL, NBA, NWSL and Olympics, and now Scott will join the Seahawks broadcast team as the television play-by-play announcer for Seattle's three preseason games in 2023 on KING 5, making her the first woman to handle play-by-play duties for the Seahawks.
Joining Scott in the booth will be Seahawks Legends K.J. Wright and Michael Robinson along with Paul Silvi. Seahawks Legend Michael Bennett also returns to the broadcast team as an analyst for the second straight year.
This will be the first year in the booth for Wright, a member of the Seahawks' Super Bowl XLVIII winning team and one of the best linebackers in team history. This will be Bennett and Robinson's second year with the preseason broadcast team.
For Scott, who currently serves as the television play-by-play announcer for the Philadelphia 76ers, it was a no-brainer to add Seahawks games to her busy schedule.
"I think similar to the athletes I cover, I've always strived to ply my trade at the highest level," said Scott, who also called NFL games in 2016 as part of the 49ers preseason radio broadcast team. "So to get the opportunity to once again cover the NFL and for it to come from a top notch franchise in such a fantastic city… I don't think we can print the words I said when they offered me the gig, but needless to say I'm incredibly excited for August."
And when Scott sits down in the booth for Seattle's preseason opener in August, she will be focused on doing her job well not just for the sake of her career, but for what it can mean to other young women trying to break through in what is still a male-dominant industry.
"I was thinking about my mentor, Beth Mowins, who has been doing preseason for the Raiders for a number of seasons, and how I would not be here without her," Scott said. "Some of the conversations we've shared have been about how important it is for us to not just get these jobs and do well for ourselves, but to go out and really take advantage of the opportunity and show people everywhere that we can be really good at this. Because I know that if I do well in every job that I've had at this point, that it will help open ears and minds of fans who maybe weren't sure a woman could do this, of people who are doing the hiring, who maybe weren't sure that a woman could do this, and also inspire the next generation to have somebody they can look to who's doing this and doing it well so they can say, 'OK, well if Kate's doing it, maybe I can do this too.' That is extremely important to me, and I think about it every time I crack the mic, regardless of what sport I'm calling, that if I do well today this could open a whole lot of doors for a whole lot of people coming up behind me."
Helping pave the way for other women in broadcasting is also part of the reason why Scott has strived to have such a versatile career, covering basketball, hockey, NFL and college football, soccer and the Olympics at a high level.
"I take a lot of pride in that as well, because, again, for whatever reason, in our society, we always assume guys know sports, and we always want women to prove it to us," she said. "So I think the fact that I have been able to call so many different sports and do it at such a high level, and continue to get better at calling all of those sports, I take a lot of pride in that. I will consider my career a success if, when I hang up the mic, hang up the headset in 15, 20 years, however long it is, that the landscape looks completely different than it did when I started, when I could count on one hand how many women I knew doing play-by-play. And the cool thing is I can already see the impact. I can already see so many young women, and not just young women, other men who didn't see themselves represented in this field 10, 15 years ago. So I take a lot of pride in the fact that, hopefully, I won't just have that impact in one sport, but I will have it across the entire sports broadcasting landscape."
On the Seahawks radio network, longtime Seahawks play-by-play announcer Steve Raible will be on the call alongside fellow Seahawks Legend Dave Wyman, with Jen Mueller serving as sideline reporter on Seattle Sports 710 AM and KIRO Newsradio 97.3. Michael Bumpus will host the Seahawks pre and postgame shows with Seahawks Legends Paul Moyer, Ray Roberts, Marcus Trufant and Robert Turbin.
Fans who live within a 100-mile radius of Lumen Field can stream every Seahawks radio broadcast live on the Seahawks Mobile App, Seattle Sports Radio App and the KIRO Newsradio App. Fans in-market can also watch the team's preseason games live on the Seahawks Mobile App and on Seahawks.com.
For markets outside the Puget Sound area, check Seahawks.com for a list of Seahawks television and radio network affiliates.
For the full 2023 Seahawks schedule, visit www.seahawks.com/schedule.
Seahawks Legend K.J. Wright got the energy going at Lumen Field as he raised the 12 Flag prior to Seattle's Week 1 game against the Broncos.