On Tuesday afternoon, the Memphis Grizzlies announced that Pete Pranica, longtime play-by-play announcer for the Memphis Grizzlies television broadcast, was voted the 2017 Tennessee Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sports Media Association.
Per the press release from the team, which you can read in full here:
Pranica will be honored alongside NSMA Hall of Fame inductees Thomas Boswell, Woody Durham, Bryant Gumbeland Dick Weiss, 2017 National Sportscaster of the Year Kevin Harlan, 2017 National Sportswriter of the Year Adrian Wojnarowski and members in each state (plus the District of Columbia) selected as Sportscasters and Sportswriters of the Year during the 59th annual NSMA Awards Weekend, June 23-25, 2018 in Winston-Salem, N.C. Coincidentally, Pranica and Harlan both began their play-by-play careers as high school students at WGBP-FM, a 10-watt student station at what was then Premontre High School in Green Bay, Wisconsin (currently Notre Dame Academy).
Currently in his 14th season with the Grizzlies, Pranica is a six-time finalist for Tennessee State Sportscaster of the Year and has been involved in three Emmy-winning productions: two as a commentator for NBC at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games and one with the Grizzlies.
As fans of the Grizzlies well know, this is a well-deserved honor. Pranica does an excellent job of calling the Grizzlies games, as well as the other sporting events for which he provides commentary. This is his 25th season calling NBA games after getting his start calling select Pistons games back in 1990.
Way to go, Pete!