Sean Grande

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Sean David Grande (born December 11, 1971, New York City) is an American television and radio sportscaster. He's known primarily as the voice of the Boston Celtics. He also calls part-time games for the Boston Red Sox Radio Network when Dave O'Brien has ESPN duties.

Grande provides play-by-play coverage alongside analyst Cedric Maxwell for all Boston Celtics radio broadcasts. The duo is known as “Grande and Max.” Only legendary Celtic voice Johnny Most and Mike Gorman have called more Celtics games than Grande. On December 2, 2009 in San Antonio, Sean became the third man in NBA history to call 1,000 NBA games before age 40 [1] when the Boston Celtics beat [2] the San Antonio Spurs.

Biography[edit]

His broadcast career included a seven-year stint at WEEI (1991–1998), the final three as Sports Director. The versatile Grande has called WNBA basketball for the Minnesota Lynx (1999–2001) and Connecticut Sun (2006–2007), MFS Pro Tennis, Providence Bruins hockey, Harvard basketball and even Major League Soccer. He co-hosted the 1998 NCAA Hockey Selection show on ESPN2 and served three years as host of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on NHL Radio. In 2005, he became a regular host of Fox Sports Net’s Sports Tonight.[3]

Early career in Boston[edit]

Grande's spent seven seasons calling hockey, football and basketball on both television and radio for the Boston University Terriers. In 1996, he moved to Boston College, as the voice of the Eagles football and hockey radio networks for three seasons until 1999. On the television side, Grande was the original voice of the Hockey East Game of the Week on Fox Sports Net. He was a fixture on the original Sportsradio WEEI in Boston from 1991 until leaving for the NBA in 1998.

College Hockey career[edit]

In the Fall of 1989, Grande called his first on-air game, fittingly, it was a hockey game between Boston U and Providence. It was the start of a long-term relationship. His college hockey work for Fox and the NCAA Tournament has garnered him three New England Emmy nominations including the 1999 Emmy for best Play-by-Play. He’s served six years as the television voice of the NCAA East Regional. 2014, his 25th consecutive year broadcasting the sport, concluded with his twelfth turn as “Voice of the Frozen Four” on CBS Radio. Grande has called a record 14 NCAA Championship Games.[4]

ABC Sports and return to Boston[edit]

Sean was recruited back to Boston in 2001 after serving three years as the television voice of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves. When he signed with Minnesota in 1998, he was the youngest announcer in the NBA. The versatile Grande’s play-by-play credits also include two seasons as part of ABC Sports College Football broadcast team, joining the likes of Keith Jackson and Brent Musburger. His call of the January 1, 2001 Florida Citrus Bowl on ABC was seen in over ten million homes. In 2003, the readers of Boston Sports Media Watch voted him the best play-by-play announcer in Boston.[5]

Grande was hired by the Red Sox in 2013 to fill in when Dave O'Brien had ESPN duties. He works with usually Joe Castiglione.

Film and television appearances[edit]

Sean Grande made his major motion picture debut with a cameo, as himself,[6] in the 2001 release Joe Somebody starring Tim Allen, and more recently his call of Ricky Davis' buzzer-beater in November 2005, was used as a soundtrack in the final season premiere of HBO’s The Sopranos in 2006.

Preceded by
Howard David
Boston Celtics Radio Play by Play announcer
2001-Present
Succeeded by
Present
Preceded by
Sean McDonough
Boston College Eagles football Play by Play announcer
1996-1999
Succeeded by
John Rooke

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.weei.com/weei/extras/sean-grande-broadcast-milestone-1000th-nba-game
  2. ^ http://www.nba.com/games/20091203/BOSSAS/gameinfo.html#nbaGIboxscore
  3. ^ http://www.weei.com/weei/extras/sean-grande-broadcast-milestone-1000th-nba-game
  4. ^ http://www.weei.com/weei/extras/sean-grande-broadcast-milestone-1000th-nba-game
  5. ^ http://www.weei.com/weei/extras/sean-grande-broadcast-milestone-1000th-nba-game
  6. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1096966/