Play-by-Play, Cincinnati Reds
George Grande, a 36-year veteran of the broadcasting business, has been the play-by-play voice of the Cincinnati Reds on FSN Ohio since 1993.
The native of New Haven, Connecticut has covered Major League Baseball since 1965 and has been broadcasting Major League Baseball games since 1989. Since 1980 Grande has served as the master of ceremonies for the annual induction ceremony at the Baseball Hall of Fame, and broadcasted the event for ESPN from 1980-88. After a ten-year career at ESPN, Grande broadcast the New York Yankees games on WPIX-TV with Phil Rizzuto and Tom Seaver from 1989-90. He then moved on to broadcast the St. Louis Cardinals games during the 1991-92 seasons before joining Fox Sports Net Ohio. In addition to being the Reds play-by-play announcer, Grande was also a broadcaster with ABC and NBC for "The Baseball Network" and takes great pride in working with numerous local and civic organizations.
On September 1979, Grande anchored the first ever ESPN SportsCenter broadcast where he worked from 1979-88. Two months after the first broadcast, he was appointed "senior announcer" of SportsCenter and held that position until 1988. While with ESPN, he covered the Worlds Series, the NBA Finals, the Stanley Cup Finals, the Super Bowl, the NCAA Basketball Tournament, the College World Series and major college football games. During his time at ESPN, Grande performed play-by-play duties for a variety of sports, which included NCAA baseball, football, basketball, hockey, New York and Boston Marathons, as well as the World Track and Field Championships. From 1984-86, he was the primary network host of the NCAA college football scoreboard show, and the primary host of ESPN draft coverage from 1980-88.
For two years (1983-85), he was the acting news director for SportsCenter. While in this position, he was responsible for the $3.2 million newsroom, managed 62 staff members and organized the 1984 Winter and Summer Olympic coverage. From 1979-88, Grande also anchored, wrote and produced ESPN's weekly "Inside Baseball" program.
Grande began his broadcasting career as the sports and news director of the University of Southern California radio station, KUSC-FM, from 1967-69. He then interned with KNX radio in Los Angeles. He held positions with WERI radio in Westerly, Rhode Island (1969-71), WNHC radio in New Haven, Connecticut (1971-75), Yale University broadcasts (1971-77) and then finished up by handling the pre and post game shows for the Boston Red Sox radio on WMEX (1975). He started broadcasting professional baseball on the radio in 1971 for the West Haven (CT) Yankees, the New York Yankees AA Eastern League team.
He also anchored sports on local television from 1973-79. He began as the weekend sports anchor of WTNH in New Haven, Connecticut (1973-76) and then as the primary news anchor from 1976-78. The following year he moved on to New York as the weekend sports anchor for WCBS-TV and also anchored the New York Giants post game show. He handled network radio responsibilities for CBS doing the play-by-play for the baseball game of the week (1988-90) and currently serves as the program host of the network syndicated "Sunday Night Grandstand."
Grande graduated form the University of Southern California in 1969 where he played four years of baseball including 1968 when USC won the College World Series. While at USC, he played with 14 future major leaguers including Tom Seaver and Dave Kingman.