TV and Radio
Mike Gorman: Boston Celtics - Play-By-Play
Boston Celtics fans have been blessed with a fabulous tradition on the court and that excellence has continued in the broadcasting booth where Mike Gorman has served as play-by-play announcer since 1981.
The five-time Emmy Award winning Gorman, a native of Dorchester, MA, was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004. Gorman currently holds the longest tenure as play-by-play voice for a Boston professional sports franchise and, along with his telecast partner Tommy Heinsohn, makes up TV's longest running telecast duo.
Following a stint as an aviator in the U.S. Navy, Gorman began his broadcasting career at WNBH in New Bedford and WPRO radio in Providence.
Gorman grew up in Dorchester and attended Saint Brendan's Elementary School, Boston Latin, and Boston State.
Tommy Heinsohn: Boston Celtics - Color Analyst
Tom Heinsohn is a true representative of Boston Celtics' pride. His accomplishments as a player were recognized in the retirement of his number 15 and his induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Heinsohn donned a Celtics uniform from 1956-1965 and was a principal member of eight championship teams. Heinsohn was selected the NBA's Rookie of the Year in 1957, was a member of the All-NBA Second Team four times and was honored with six NBA All-Star Game appearances. He averaged 18.6 points and 8.8 rebounds in 654 regular season contests, and 19.8 points and 9.2 rebound in 104 post-season encounters. Heinsohn was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1985-86.
Four years after his retirement as a player, Heinsohn was appointed Celtics head coach. Like his playing career, Heinsohn's coaching tenure was punctuated by prosperity, as he directed the 1974 and 1976 squads to World Championships; won Atlantic Division crowns five times; was voted the NBA's Coach of the Year in 1973; and collected a 427-263 (.619) regular season record and a 47-33 (.588) playoff mark.
Heinsohn is now entering his 25th year telecasting Celtics basketball on FSN New England. He also handled CBS' NBA coverage for seven years and provided commentary for NCAA basketball for four years on CBS. Heinsohn and his telecast partner Mike Gorman Heinsohn make up TV's longest running telecast duo.
When Heinsohn is not covering basketball, he can be found playing golf or painting. Heinsohn is an accomplished artist whose works have graced art shows across the nation. He is also a chartered life underwriter in the insurance field.
Thomas William Heinsohn was born in Jersey City, NJ. He attended St. Michael's High School in Union City, NJ and Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. At Holy Cross, Heinsohn averaged 22.1 points and 15.5 rebounds in 81 contests over four years. During his senior season, in 1955-56, he amassed 27.4 points and 21.1 rebounds in 27 outings. He was a territorial first-round choice of Boston in 1956.
Tom lives in Needham, MA.
Considered one of the nation's premier young sportscasters, at the age of 33, Sean Grande enters his sixth NBA season and third as the voice of the Boston Celtics. Sean provides play-by-play coverage alongside analyst Cedric Maxwell for all Boston Celtics games. Shortly after their pairing, "Grande and Max" became an instant hit and are now one of Boston's most popular on-air combinations.
Sean returned to Boston in 2001 after serving three years as the television voice of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves. When he signed with Minnesota in 1998, he was, at the age of 28, the youngest announcer in the NBA. Grande's play-by-play credits also include two seasons as part of ABC Sports College Football broadcast team, joining the likes of Keith Jackson, Brent Musburger and Sean McDonough. Twenty million viewers heard his call of the 2001 Florida Citrus Bowl on ABC January 1st.
Grande's first stint in Boston began at Boston University where he spent seven seasons calling Terrier hockey, football and basketball on both television and radio. In 1996, he took the green line up Commonwealth Avenue to Boston College, as the voice of the Eagles football and hockey radio networks for three seasons until leaving for Minnesota. On the television side, Grande was the original voice of the Hockey East Game of the Week on Fox Sports New England. His college hockey work for Fox and the NCAA Tournament has garnered him three New England Emmy nominations including the 1999 Emmy for best Play-by-Play. His extensive work in college hockey includes his recently completed fifth year as television voice of the NCAA East Regional. Last April, he debuted Westwood One's coverage of the sport with the call of the NCAA Championship Game.
His twelve-year broadcast career has included a seven-year stint at WEEI, the final three as Sports Director. The versatile Grande has called WNBA basketball, MFS Pro Tennis, Providence Bruins hockey, Harvard basketball and even Major League Soccer. He co-hosted the 1998 NCAA Hockey Selection show on ESPN2 and served three years as host of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on NHL radio. Sean made his major motion picture debut with a cameo, as himself, in the 2001 release "Joe Somebody" starring Tim Allen.
Sean's wife Lori, another radio veteran and Lowell native, co-hosts the morning show at WKLB-FM.
Cedric Maxwell, former Celtics forward, is the color analyst for the Boston Celtics broadcasts on WWZN AM 1510 The Zone. Maxwell has a strong background in both broadcasting and basketball.
As a college player at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Maxwell's achievements set the precedent for his future success with the Celtics. Throughout his college career, he averaged 16.3 points and 10.0 rebounds a game. During the National Invitational Tournament his junior year, Maxwell topped off his MVP award by also making 20 consecutive free throws and consequently setting the tournament record. However, it was Cedric's performance his senior year at UNCC that truly threw him into the public eye, where he has since remained. It was then that Maxwell and his 49ers squad shocked and dazzled the college basketball world by making it to the NCAA Final Four, where they were eventually eliminated in a buzzer beater by tournament champ Marquette.
As the Boston Celtics first-round draft pick in 1977, Maxwell became a large contributor to the team's success in the late seventies and early eighties. Once quoted as telling his fellow teammates in a championship game to "Jump on my back", Cedric was a driving force during the Celtics championship runs in 1981 and 1984. He was also named MVP of the 1981 Finals. Throughout his impressive 11-year NBA career, Maxwell shot 56.1% from the field and finished first in field goal percentage in the league twice during the 78-79 and 79-80 seasons.
Maxwell began his career in radio as a college basketball analyst for Raycom Sports, for which he covered games in the Metro Conference, including those of his alma mater UNCC. In 1995, Maxwell was named the Celtics radio analyst. Now as a member of the WWZN team, Cedric continues his radio career with the Boston Celtics, the franchise with which he found such great success as a player.
Cedric's charismatic personality and unique sense of humor are a welcome element in Celtics radio broadcasts. Maxwell, who was born in Kinston, NC and received his degree in Black Literature and Geography from UNCC, was recognized by the media as one of the best and most engaging interviews on the Boston Celtics team. That charm, combined with his great knowledge and love for the game of basketball and his humorous, personable interplay with Sean Grande make Cedric Maxwell a valuable element of WWZN's Celtics radio broadcasting team.