Boston, Mass. (December 3, 2009) -- WEEI’s voice of the Boston Celtics Sean Grande hits a major milestone this evening when he broadcasts his 1000th NBA game, as the C’s take on the San Antonio Spurs at 8 PM.
Grande has been broadcasting Celtics games since 2001, when he was recruited back to Boston after serving three years as television play-by-play announcer with the Minnesota Timberwolves. His versatile resume includes play-by-play for the NBA, College Football, College Hockey, WNBA and even tennis. His return to WEEI in 2001 was a homecoming for Grande who spent seven years at the station from 1991-1998, the final three as Sports Director.
“Sean is a tremendous talent and it’s been a real privilege for me to work with him for as long as I have,” said Jason Wolfe, Entercom Vice President of AM Programming. “I think he’s one of the premier play by play broadcasters in the NBA, and to reach this incredible plateau is a tribute to his effort and hard work.”
“The entire Boston Celtics organization would like to congratulate Sean on reaching this significant milestone,” said Celtics team president Rich Gotham. “His knowledge, insight, and preparation set the standard for play by play excellence across the NBA and have provided Celtics fans throughout New England with a consistently enjoyable, informative, and entertaining broadcast”.
Sean Grande Bio:
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.
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.
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.
Sean Grande made his major motion picture debut with a cameo, as himself, 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.
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