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John anchors Fox 8 sports on the weeknights and produces a variety of features, in addition to serving as veteran correspondent on many key events. He also tackles tough physical assignments, such as flying with the Navy’s Blue Angles. For seven seasons, J.T. hosted the CAVS pre-game show on Fox Sports Net.

Prior to joining WJW as a sports anchor in September 1980, J.T. was assistant sports director of WIVB TV in Buffalo, New York. A graduate of Euclid High and Ashland College, he began his career in Ashland, Ohio, in 1972 with local radio.

An 11-time Emmy Award winner, J.T. has won numerous awards for his coverage of Cleveland sports, both professional and high school. His features have been honored by U.P.I., A.P. and The Press Club of Cleveland. In 2007, he was named to the Hall of Fame by the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters, and won the Chuck Heaton Award from the Cleveland Press Club.

A fitness buff, J.T. has completed over 100 triathlons in the past 27 years, including three Ironman Distance races. In 2012, Telich completed the Burning River 100 Mile Ultra Marathon in just over 29 hours.

The Euclid native has been married for 36 years to the former Jane Quinton. They are the parents of three children, Courtney, Patrick and Joseph. A puppy English Springer Spaniel, Scarlet, joined the family in December 2012.

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    Friday Night Touchdown: Week 4 big game results

    It’s week four of Friday Night Touchdown, and there were several marquee games to keep an eye on. ***CHECK OUT HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCORES ACROSS NORTHEAST OHIO HERE*** Our crews were out at 25 games throughout Northeast Ohio. The Friday Night Touchdown game of the week featured Wadsworth and Tallmadge.  Both teams were 3-0, Tallmadge is the only one still undefeated with a 13-7 win. Two big schools squared off in Hudson when Mitch Gaudagni and the Explorers hosted the […]

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    Carlos Carrasco leads Indians to 2-0 victory over Astros

    HOUSTON– Carlos Carrasco was brilliant once again on the hill to lead the Indians to a 2-0 victory over the Astros on Wednesday night in Houston. Carrasco went the distance  and only allowed 2 hits. He struck out 12 to establish a career high and walked only one batter. He was exceptionally efficient throwing only 98 pitches. The Indians’ offense was supplied by Yan Gomes. He ripped a single to center field in the 4th inning to score Carlos Santana. […]

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    Indians fall to Astros, 3-1

    HOUSTON– The Houston Astros handed the Indians a 3-1 loss on Monday night, further dampening their playoff hopes. Cleveland took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a Carlos Santana RBI single. Houston answered in the bottom of the 3rd inning when Jose Altuve stroked a two-run base hit up the middle. In the 8th inning, Houston added one more run on a Dexter Fowler sacrifice fly. Cleveland starter Zach McAllister gave up two runs over […]

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    Scores & snapshots: Friday Night Touchdown week #3

    Friday Night Touchdown  week 3 was another success! Our crews covered almost 30 games throughout Northeast Ohio. *CLICK TO GET A COMPLETE LIST OF  SCORES* This week’s winning Game of the Week was ELYRIA at MIDVIEW with more than 2,000 votes. The Middies beat Elyria,  42-25. *Watch the video below for all the highlights* The #2 team in the Fox 8 Top 8, Hudson was on the road facing the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Bees. Hudson won, 48-14. The #3 Mentor Cardinals […]

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    Tribe sweeps the Twins in doubleheader

    CLEVELAND — Carlos Santana spoke loudly with his bat while Corey Kluber and T.J. House spoke with their arms in a Tribe doubleheader sweep of the Minnesota Twins Thursday afternoon at Progressive Field. Santana hit his 26th homer of the year in the first inning of game one to give the Indians a 2-1 lead.  They never let up as Cleveland posted an 8-2 victory in support of starter Kluber.  With the victory, Kluber notched his 15th win of the […]

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    Indians fall to Twins in series opener

    CLEVELAND — A four-run 4th inning for the visiting Twins helped dampen the Indians post-season hopes Tuesday night. Minnesota posted a 4-3 win at Progressive Field. Trevor Bauer was leading 2-0 in that frame and had two outs on the visitors when Joe Mauer lofted a slicing ball toward the left field line. All Star Michael Brantley raced over, slid and could not catch the ball cleanly. It dropped in for a double. That proved to be huge. Kennys Vargas […]

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    FNTD Week 2: Storms force teams off the field

    Mother Nature put a damper on a number of games across Northeast Ohio, when lightning fired up during several high school football games Friday. Here are the teams that were forced to call Friday’s game and will resume on Saturday: Holy Name vs. Normandy – 9am Vermilion vs. Fairview – 10am Garfield Hts vs. Berea Midpark – 10am Westlake vs. Bay Village – 10am Akron East vs. Coventry – 10am Northwestern vs. Black River – 10am Elyria Catholic vs. Cleveland […]

  • Friday Night Touchdown: Kicking off the FOX 8 Top 8

    Week #2 of ‘Friday Night Touchdown‘ season 18 kicks off on Friday, September 5 at 11:00 p.m. But, it’s our first edition of the season of the FOX 8 Top 8. *Watch the video above to see who made the cut* CLICK HERE for more ‘Friday Night Touchdown’ coverage.

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    Salazar pitches first shutout in Indians’ 7-0 win against Tigers

    CLEVELAND– Danny Salazar was stellar on the hill for the Tribe on Wednesday night. He went the distance and threw his first career complete game, a shutout over the Tigers. The Tribe snapped a short skid with the 7-0 win. Salazar allowed 8 hits, 0 runs and struck out 9 Tigers as he continues to impress in recent starts. He evened his record to 6-6 and lowered his ERA to 3.80. Tribe bats came to his aid very early in […]

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    Indians lose game 2 in series to Tigers, 4-2

    CLEVELAND — Carlos Carrasco pitched into the sixth inning on Tuesday night and that helped power the Indians to a 2-1 lead over the visiting Detroit Tigers. Trouble is, the bullpen faltered in the 9th inning and the Tigers took a 4-2 victory over the Tribe. The deciding blow was a three-run homer by J.D. Martinez off closer Cody Allen. Carrasco surrendered one run in the top of the second inning and that was the only damage done to the […]

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    Buckeyes back in action: Ohio State takes on Navy Midshipmen

    BALTIMORE, Maryland- The Ohio State University Buckeyes will get some answers to pressing questions early Saturday afternoon in Baltimore, Maryland . The Buckeyes will kick off the season taking on the Navy Midshipmen at M & T Bank Stadium. Soon after the noon kickoff, quarterback J.T. Barrett will jog onto the field and get his offense ready. It’s a tough task for the redshirt freshman, who was pressed into starting duty as Braxton Miller re-injured his shoulder and is done […]

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    Browns take on Bears in final preseason game

    The Browns wrap up the preseason tonight at FirstEnergy Stadium by taking on the Chicago Bears. Get updates on Twitter during the game! For Mike Pettine and his team, the final game is when the starters will play minimal minutes and the hope is for a safe, incident-free game. However, the offense needs a lot of polish as Brian Hoyer has looked off in games and the receiving corp is far from ready to post large numbers. Hoyer was asked […]