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EP 132: Pete Pranica, Memphis Grzzlies TV

posted by Logan Anderson January 8, 2021 0 comments
Pete Pranica, Memphis Grizzlies

My conversation with the TV voice of the Memphis Grizzlies, Pete Pranica. Topics of discussion include:

  • The one pen he has to have for all of his game prep.
  • How listening to the radio in rural Wisconsin led to his love of sportscasting.
  • Going to the same high school as Kevin Harlan.
  • Choosing to go to Notre Dame despite not having a broadcast program.
  • Calling bingo games and school lunch menu controversies at his first job in Northern Wisconsin.
  • Finding a way to get in touch with Detroit Pistons announcer George Blaha who became a mentor.
  • Transitioning from radio to TV.
  • Staying credible while keeping his employer happy while calling games for the mid 90’s Portland Trailblazers.
  • The advice from his agent that was crucial to landing the job with the Grizzlies.
  • Quitting a job so who could broadcast the Athens Olympics.
  • Following a beloved broadcaster DonĀ  Poier after he tragically passed away.
  • How he came up with his tag lines and in what situations they work.
  • Common mispronunciations of his name

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