Sean David Grande (born December 11, 1971) is an American television and radio sportscaster. He is primarily known as the voice of the Boston Celtics. But has called virtually every sport over a 25-year career.
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, Grande became the third man in NBA history to call 1,000 NBA games before age 40.
Biography[edit | edit source]
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. In 2013, he joined Joe Castiglione calling Red Sox games on WEEI when Dave O'Brien was on assignment until he, Maxwell and the Celtics departed for 98.5 the Sports Hub.
Early career in Boston[edit | edit source]
Grande was born in New York City. He 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 | edit source]
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. 2016, his 27th consecutive year broadcasting the sport, concluded with his fourteenth turn as “Voice of the Frozen Four” on CBS Radio. Grande has called a record 16 NCAA Championship Games.
References[edit | edit source]
- Sean Grande never expected to become a Celtics icon. Now it's hard to see the franchise without him. theathletic.com. Retrieved on 20 December 2018.
- Sean Grande To Broadcast Milestone 1000th NBA Game. WEEI-FM. Retrieved on 28 August 2015.
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