The Indiana Sportswriters & Sportscasters Association (ISSA) has bestowed honors on two broadcasters from the Pacers Sports & Entertainment family.
Chris Denari, the radio and television play-by-play announcer for the Indiana Fever & Pacers, will be inducted into the ISSA Hall of Fame.
The former 2003 ISSA Broadcaster of the Year has been calling Fever games for 16 years. He has also served as the television play-by-play announcer for the NBA’s Indiana Pacers for the past 10 seasons. He spent 17 years as the radio play-by-play voice of Butler University basketball, and has been on the call of the Indy 500 for many years, including the prestigious perch atop turn four at the Speedway. All together, he has been involved in sports broadcasting in Indianapolis for over 25 years.
Denari joins Pacers’ radio broadcasters Mark Boyle and Bob “Slick” Leonard in the prestigious ISSA Hall of Fame.
Michael Grady, the PA announcer for Fever and Pacers games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, has been named the Marv Bates Sportscaster of the Year.
Grady has been a part of 1070 The Fan since its inception in 2008, and has hosted a late morning talk show with former Colt Joe Staysniak since 2011. In August 2014, Michael joined the staff of WRTV, the ABC affiliate in Indianapolis.
Both Denari and Grady will be honored at the ISSA’s annual award banquet to be held on Sunday, April 10th at Valle Vista Country Club in Greenwood.