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Sean David Grande (b. December 11, 1969, New York City) is an American television and radio sportscaster. Grande provides play-by-play coverage alongside analyst Cedric Maxwell for all Boston Celtics games. The duo is known as “Grande and Max.” As of the the 2008-2009 season, only legendary Celtic voices Johnny Most and Mike Gorman have called more Celtics games than Grande. Sean called his 1,000th NBA game [1] on December 2, 2009 when the Boston Celtics beat [2] the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio.

Biography

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, aged 28, 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 2001 Florida Citrus Bowl on ABC January 1 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.[3]

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. 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. 2007, his 19th consecutive year broadcasting the sport, concluded with his fourth turn as “Voice of the Frozen Four” on CBS Radio.[4]

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. [5]

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

  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/
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