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Gregory Charles Papa (born 1963) is an American sportscaster working in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been broadcasting for most of the Bay Area professional sports franchises for 21 years, covering the Oakland Raiders, Oakland Athletics, Golden State Warriors and San Francisco Giants.
Currently, he is best known as the radio play-by-play caller for the Raiders, and the host of Chronicle Live on CSN Bay Area. He and Gary St. Jean do the in-studio analysis for all the Golden State Warriors regular season games on CSN Bay Area. He also co-hosts The Wheelhouse with John Lund mid-days on 95.7 The Game. He is not related to New York Giants radio broadcaster, Bob Papa.
After graduating from Syracuse University, Papa was a member of the Indiana Pacers' television and radio broadcasting team from 1984 to 1986. Then, he moved west and from 1986 to 1997, he became the radio announcer for the Golden State Warriors (including the famous "Sleepy Floyd Game," where Warrior Sleepy Floyd scored 51 points against the Lakers in a playoff game). From 1997 to 2000, Papa became the lead announcer on the San Antonio Spurs telecasts. During this span, he was also the television play-by-play announcer for the Oakland A's with Ray Fosse from 1989 to 2003.
Papa is the current play-by-play announcer for the Raiders on KGMZ 95.7 FM radio, alongside his color commentator, former Raider coach Tom Flores. His work is very much in the tradition of his predecessor, Bill King. Like King, his touchdown calls are punctuated by "TOUCHDOWN, RRRRAID-ERS!!!" Papa's best calls to date arguably are: Tyrone Wheatley's 26-yard run in the Raiders 1999 finale against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium ("Wheatley won't go down!!!") along with describing the events during the Tuck Rule game, when the Raiders seemingly had won a 2001 playoff game during a snow storm at New England after forcing a late fumble, only to see referee Walt Coleman reverse the call after consulting instant replay. The Patriots went on to win the historic, controversial contest in overtime.
San Francisco Giants
In 2008, Papa hosted 35 of the 50 scheduled editions of "Giants Pregame Live" and all 65 of the "Giants Postgame Live" shows on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. He occasionally announces several of the Giants' games on TV and radio when Jon Miller is on assignment at ESPN.
When Dave Flemming's microphone went dead when the ball was in the air for what turned out to be Barry Bonds' 715th career home run on May 28, 2006, Papa took over the broadcast, apologized to listeners, and explained what happened on the field.
Golden State Warriors
Since the 2011-12 season, along with Gary St. Jean, Greg Papa has hosted both "Warriors Pregame Live" and "Warriors Postgame Live" on CSN Bay Area. The duo also provide in studio analysis at half-time for the station's coverage of Warriors regular season games.
Papa also does work for Comcast SportsNet California, notably for broadcasts of the California Golden Bears football and basketball teams. He has also done San Jose Stealth and San Francisco Dragons lacrosse games. Papa is also formerly host of Chronicle Live, a nightly Bay Area sports talk show covering all Bay Area sports. He was also the play-by-play announcer for Hardball 6: 2000 Edition and in the film Moneyball.
Greg resides in Danville, California with his wife, Angela, and his four children: Alexandra, Danielle, Erika and Nicolas. His brother, the late Gary Papa, was a long time sportscaster for WPVI in Philadelphia. His son, Derek Papa, is a member of the comedy group Dingoman Productions, which created the independent comedy The Legend of Action Man.