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EP 118: George Grande, ESPN & Cincinnati Reds

posted by Logan Anderson June 4, 2020 0 comments
George Grande, ESPN & Cincinnati Reds.

My conversation with George Grande, the former long time sportscaster for the Cincinnati Reds and anchor for the very first ESPN SportsCenter. Topics of discussion include:

  • What he’s doing during his Covid 19 lockdown.
  • Being on the 1969 USC baseball team with multiple future MLB Hall of Famers.
  • Working as a go-fer under Vin Scully during college.
  • Getting a hit off of Tom Seaver in an inter-squad scrimmage.
  • Why he left a good local TV job for then unknown ESPN.
  • Everything going wrong during the very first Sports Center.
  • The fate of his yellow suit from that first show.
  • When he realized that something special was brewing at ESPN.
  • Why he eventually left ESPN to pursue play-by-play positions in Major League Baseball.
  • Lessons learned from working with Vin Scully.
  • Doing play-by-play for two storied MLB franchises, the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals.
  • Living in Connecticut as the voice of the Cincinnati Reds.
  • Balancing family life with the demands of an MLB schedule.
  • Figuring out the X’s and O’s of baseball play-by-play on TV.
  • Knowing when it was time to step away from jobs.
  • His favorite induction speech while working for the MLB Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
  • The time a skunk came into the ESPN studios while he was on air.
  • His broadcast horror stories.
  • His favorite broadcasters to listen to on an off night.

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