Scott Graham

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Scott Graham (born 1965) is an American sportscaster best known for his broadcasts of the Philadelphia Phillies. He has lived and worked near Philadelphia for most of his professional life. He was born June 10, 1965 in Belleville, New Jersey, and now lives in Voorhees Township, New Jersey. Graham graduated from Pingry School in 1983. [1][2] His sportscasting résumé covers several organizations in Philadelphia and around the USA. Graham is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

Broadcasting stints[edit]

Graham's first play-by-play experience came as a student announcer for football and basketball while at Penn on WXPN. After graduating from college, Graham was sports director at WAMS in Wilmington, 1987–89, called football games for Delaware State from 1990 to 1992, then for the University of Pennsylvania the following three years. From 1992 to 1998, he called Philadelphia's Big Five basketball games on WPHT-AM. In 1994, he hosted a nationally syndicated baseball call-in show and called major college football games for the American Sports Radio Network. In 1996, Graham was hired by Comcast Network as an announcer for all sporting events on the station. From 1999 to 2003, he called NFL and NFL Europe games on Fox.

He currently narrates several programs for NFL Films and calls college basketball for Comcast Network, ESPN and Westwood One as well Philadelphia Eagles preseason with Brian Baldinger.

In 2009, he began co-hosting Baseball This Morning on XM satellite radio channel 175 with Buck Martinez from 7:00–10:00 a.m. Eastern time. In February 2010, he left the morning show along with Martinez.

Career with the Phillies[edit]

Graham was first hired by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1991, and hosted the pre-and post-game shows through the 2000 season. In 1999, he also became a play-by-play announcer for the team.

He called the first, second, and third innings of games on the radio; the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings on the local telecast; and then returned to the radio broadcast to call the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings. After every Phillies victory, his signature call would be "Put this one in the win column for the Fightin' Phils!" Another signature call was his home run call: "That ball is gone-a!"

In November 2006, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Graham's contract would not be renewed, which was confirmed on December 4, 2006. Graham was a finalist for a position with the San Diego Padres for the 2007 season, but the job went to Andy Masur.[3] In late November 2007, his name came up as a candidate for the New York Mets radio broadcast vacancy left by Tom McCarthy. The Mets hired Wayne Hagin for the position.[4]

NFL work[edit]

In 2006 Graham has served as a pregame host for Sunday Night Football coverage on Westwood One. In 2009, he became Westwood One's studio host for all NFL games except Monday night, replacing Tommy Tighe.

Having already done narration work for many NFL Films features, Graham was named as the voice of Showtime's Inside the NFL program, taking over the duties of his late former Phillies broadcast partner and fellow NFL Films narrator Harry Kalas.[5] Graham made his Inside the NFL debut on the September 9, 2009 episode. He also does pre- and post-game NFL coverage for Westwood One radio. He was the public address system announcer at MetLife Stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Miscellaneous[edit]

Graham provided the narration for Puppy Bowl VIII on Animal Planet in 2012, and returned for Puppy Bowl IX in 2013. His late Phillies partner Harry Kalas had narrated the program from 2005–09.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scott Graham reportedly out as Phillies broadcaster", Courier-Post, November 15, 2006. Accessed December 13, 2007. "Graham, 41, of Voorhees worked in the Phillies broadcast booth for the last eight years after starting his career with the Phillies in 1991 as a pregame and postgame host on the radio."
  2. ^ Bracy, Aaron. "Phils may alter lineup – in booth", Courier-Post, November 16, 2006. Accessed March 17, 2011. "Graham 41 of Voorhees has worked in the Phillies broadcast booth for the past eight years after starting his career with the Phillies in 1991..."
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  4. ^ Tom McCarthy bolts Met radio booth, joins Phillies, Harry Kalas
  5. ^ http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/2009-09-08-inside-the-nfl-showtime-announcer_N.htm?csp=34

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