Tom Ross – is Birmingham born and bred from an Irish Mom and a Scottish Dad.
His hard work ethic came from his late father who gave him his life’s mantra.
1) Live your life by your standards and not anyone else’s
2) Never be ashamed to pick up you wages (in other words work hard and earn every penny)
3) Never do anyone any harm but never let anyone take the p**s
Tom started reporting for Birmingham’s BRMB Radio station in 1981 and left in 2016 after nearly 36 years. He was group head of sport for 23 years achieving the stations largest ever sports audience and was market leader in the West Midlands on Saturday afternoons.
Tom’s commentary style is all about passion as he explains “If we can’t be passionate, enthusiastic and excited about the sport we are watching how can we expect the listener to be?”
Tom is extremely active on social media with over 107’000 followers on Twitter and Facebook.
Tom has won a number of Sony Awards (Radios Oscars) rds which include
Best Sports Coverage
Keep Right on To the Premiership
The Sports Forum with Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill
Tom was the first Brummie to win a coveted New York Radio Gold Medal for his coverage of the 1997 Coca Cola Cup Final beating 2500 other countries to lift the award.
In 2011 He received the IRN GOLD award in London for 30 years outstanding contribution to radio
In 2012 his coverage/commentary of the Carling Cup Final won the IRN Sports story of the year award.
Tom won the SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR award at the Midlands Press awards.
In 2016 He became the local journalist to be made a life member of the prestigious Birmingham Press Club for services to Radio, one of only 32 awarded in its 155 year history.
He is alongside Jasper Carrott, Sir John Major, Sir Trevor MacDonald, Greg Dyke, Sir Cliff Richard, Lord Archer, Jeremy Vine, Steven Knight, Peter O’Toole and Chris Tarrant.
In 2017 he received an “OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO MIDLANDS FOOTBALL FANS” award from Lord Mayor Carl Rice on behalf of football supporters.
In 2017 He received a “LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT” award from Birmingham.
Being the oldest centre page spread in “Smash Hits” after finding Robbie Williams who had gone missing from the pop group Take That.
In 2004 He was the first to react after the Tsunami disaster by holding a 27-hour Radiothon just days after the disaster struck raising £147’000 pounds.
In 2007 he made his acting debut playing the plumber in the hilarious “Mrs Brown’s last Wedding” comedy play with his friend Brendan O’Carroll at Birmingham’s Alexandra Theatre.
Tom plays the guitar and is also part of the “Bluenose Brothers” with his pal Ian Danter They have released 5 songs including the very successful “Singing the Blues”
Also, in 2009 he raised £17’000 for ACORNS Children’s Hospice by going into the boxing ring for 3 rounds with former World Champion John H Stracey. Tom took plenty of punishment in front of 500 people at Birmingham’s Holiday Inn hotel.
He has been featured in the Times in 2003 and the Daily Telegraph in 2007 as well as being featured in OK Magazine in the late 1990’s
Some of his humorous and quirky quotes have been used in various books including one titled s “Tell Him He’s Pele… and get him back on”
Also talked about in various autobiographies including Robbie Savages’, David Gold’s, Ted McMinn, Kash “The Flash” Gill, and Ally Robertsons’
In 2016 He wrote and published his best-selling Autobiography called “The Games Gone” that stayed in the Amazon best sellers’ charts for a year.
Tom an ambassador and Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Help Harry Help Others charity that provides help for all those suffering from Cancer with over 1.3 million pounds donated to those who need it most.
He is also Chairman of the Upraw Mental Health Foundation’s Board of Trustees which provides professional Counselling for the 16-35 age group
Tom started the Birmingham City lues All Stars charity football team in 1992 which has helped to raise over 1.6 million pounds for local charitable causes and continues to do so.
He is also Chairman of the Birmingham City Former Players Association
Tom is also an active ambassador for the South and City College where he was appointed President to succeed the late Sir Doug Ellis.
He is also an ambassador for the Geoff Horsfield foundation that provides accommodation for the homeless as well as clothes and food.