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Porter was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, November 29, 1938 to Elizabeth and Ross Porter, Sr. He graduated from Shawnee High School in 1955, then went on to earn a radio journalism degree at the University of Oklahoma. His broadcasting career begin at age 14 when he broadcast a few innings in several games involving Shawnee's Class D baseball team, the Hawks, over KGFF. Before finishing high school, at age 16, Porter was elevated to play-by-play man of the Shawnee Wolves' football and basketball broadcasts and the Hawks when the regular announcer resigned.
After earning his college degree, Porter was hired by WKY radio in Oklahoma City as a newscaster. He also was a sports anchor for WKY-TV, and at age 24 became the youngest recipient of the Oklahoma Sportscaster of the Year award, and the youngest state winner ever in the nation. Ross repeated the next year. In 1966, at age 27, he left for Los Angeles and subsequently spent 10 years as a sportscaster for KNBC-TV in Los Angeles.
Porter joined the Dodgers broadcast team on radio and television before the 1977 season and spent 28 seasons.  Porter also called play-by-play of NFL football and NCAA basketball for NBC Sports from 1970–1976, and just over a decade later he replaced Chick Hearn as the voice of UNLV Rebels athletics.
During the 1970's, Porter was the television announcer for the High School basketball game of the week showing matchups between Los Angeles area teams.
In 1977, Porter began his first of 28 seasons broadcasting for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball. The Dodgers replaced him with former New York Yankees broadcaster Charley Steiner following the 2004 season, after denying him a contract extension.
Porter was known for providing fans with in-depth statistical analyses on ballplayers when games were in progress. He was the host of a pregame and postgame show known as DodgerTalk for 14 years, answering phone calls from listeners with questions pertaining to the ballgame.
Porter broadcast the 1977 and 1978 World Series for the CBS Radio network, and did Game of the Week broadcasts in the 1980s and '90s. His most famous national call is from the sixth and final game of the 1977 Series, during which Reggie Jackson smacked three home runs on three consecutive pitches. The capper:
Ross Porter began a new venture called Real Sports Heroes with Ross Porter in April 2007. Real Sports Heroes highlights the positive side of athletics and the great things that some athletes are doing and have done to give something back to the community. Porter aired 90-second Real Sports Heroes vignettes on KLAC and KABC radio in Los Angeles. The vignettes and Porter's web site were sponsored by American Airlines.