THE VOICE THAT SOARED: Only 29, Pacers' P.A. announcer is rising star in Indianapolis sports radio



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INDIANAPOLIS

The hideous yellow jacket Michael Grady purchased online two years ago remains, at least for the time being, stashed away in the deepest recesses of its owner’s closet.

For Game 3 of the 2011 Eastern Conference playoffs, Grady, the public address announcer at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, modeled the new threads in celebration of the Indiana Pacers’ first home playoff game in five years.

The blinding wardrobe switch earned him equal amounts of praise and good-humored ridicule, much of the latter by Grady himself.

Then Chicago beat the Pacers 88-84. Hoping for a reversal of fortune, Grady wore the jacket during Game 1 of last April’s first-round postseason series against Orlando, only to see the Magic pull out an 81-77 win.

Old yeller is 0-2. Or is it 0-and-two-ahhhh? Whatever the case, it’s relevant only because Grady, who for nearly a decade has possessed a most golden touch in an Indianapolis radio market known for change, finally chucked up an airball.

Only 29, the Indianapolis native has been executive producer at WFNI-1070 AM The Fan since its 2007 inception. Grady also is co-host of 1070’s “Grady & Big Joe Show” alongside former Indianapolis Colts offensive lineman Joe Staysniak.

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