Chris Denari Bio
Chris Denari enters his fifth season as the Pacers’ television play-by-play announcer. Denari has been involved in broadcasting sports in Indianapolis for 24 years. He was named the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association 2003 Broadcaster of the Year.
Denari also serves as the radio and television play-by-play announcer for the WNBA’s Indiana Fever, which he has done for the past nine seasons. He most recently was the Sports Director at WXIN-TV Fox 59 in Indianapolis. With his move to Pacers’ TV, he ended his 17-year association as the radio play-by-play voice of Butler University basketball. He called five of Butler’s recent NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Bulldogs’ first trip to the Sweet Sixteen in 2003.
He is a member of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network and has also been a member of the Indianapolis Colts Radio Network. He also previously worked for Pacers’ TV as a locker room reporter and was the television play-by-play voice for the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s state championship events.
A 1979 graduate of Westfield (Ind.) High School, he played basketball for his father, Bob. He graduated from Wabash College in 1983, and was a member of the Little Giants’ 1982 NCAA Division III National Championship basketball team.
Denari also serves on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Indiana and the Methodist Sports Medicine Foundation.
Denari and his wife, Terry, live in Carmel, Ind., with their sons Evan, Wilson and Max.