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Mario Impemba
Mario Vin.jpg
Mario Impemba, left, alongside Los Angeles Dodgers play-by-play man Vin Scully, courtesy Fox Sports Detroit
Born March 18, 1963
Sterling Heights, Michigan
Education Michigan State University
Occupation baseball television play-by-play announcer
college basketball radio and television play-by-play announcer
Notable credit(s) Fox Sports Detroit (for the Detroit Tigers, 2002-present)
WDTW and Fox Sports Detroit (for the Oakland University Golden Grizzlies, 2002-present)
Fox Sports West, KCOP-TV and KLAA (for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (1995-2001)
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Mario Impemba (born March 18, 1963 in Sterling Heights, Michigan) is an American sportscaster, most known as the current television play-by-play announcer for the Detroit Tigers on Fox Sports Detroit.

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Early life

Impemba is a 1981 graduate of Stevenson High School in Sterling Heights, Michigan [1] and Michigan State University.[2] In high school Mario showed the first flashes of his talent as a member to the school's forensic team. He won numerous invitational tournaments before finishing 3rd in the state final tournament.

Broadcasting career

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Former Positions

At Michigan State University, Impemba volunteered to announce whatever games were being broadcast on the university sports network. As a professional, he started out announcing games for the Peoria Chiefs single-A baseball club in 1987.[3] Impemba also served as the sports director at WXCL Radio and the play-by-play voice of the Peoria Rivermen of the now-defunct International Hockey League during the 1987-88 season.[3] From 1989 to 1990, Mario served as the voice of the Quad City Angels single-A team in Davenport, Iowa. In 1991, Impemba began calling games for the Tucson Toros of the Pacific Coast League.[3]

Impemba served as the radio (KLAA) and fill-in television play-by-play voice of the Anaheim Angels on Fox Sports West and KCAL-TV for seven seasons (1995-2001).[2]

Current roles

Mario joined the Fox Sports Detroit broadcast team in 2002 as the Detroit Tigers play-by-play announcer.[2] Mario is teamed up with color commentator Rod Allen on the telecasts.[2]

During the baseball offseason, Impemba is the official radio voice of the Oakland University Golden Grizzlies men's basketball team on WDTW (1310 AM) as well as games on Fox Sports Detroit.[2]

Awards and other works

Impemba is a longtime active member of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association, founded in 1948 by pioneer Detroit Tigers announcer Ty Tyson.[3]

Mario has a Tigers blog named Last Call: Tigers Views, as well as website about baseball play-by-play announcing named The Sound of Baseball.

Mario won a Michigan Emmy Award in June 2006 in the sports play-by-play category.[2]

Personal life

Mario's wife is named Cathy. The couple have 2 sons: Brett (16) and Daniel (13). The Impembas live in Macomb County, Michigan [1]

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