Local Broadcast Legend to Team with Greg Kelser
FSN Detroit and the Detroit Pistons have announced the hiring of George Blaha as the new play-by-play voice for the regional network's coverage in 2006-07. Blaha, beginning his 31st season as the “Voice of the Pistons”, teams with veteran analyst Greg Kelser for FSN's 40-game telecast schedule (37 regular season, 3 preseason). The Blaha-Kelser team makes its debut Oct. 16 when the Pistons host the Utah Jazz in preseason action.
"An entire generation of Pistons fans have grown up with George calling games. We're thrilled to bring his style and passion to our Pistons telecasts,” said Greg Hammaren, Vice President/General Manager, FSN Detroit. “His addition is a direct result of the strong partnership FSN enjoys with the Pistons organization.”
Blaha is the longest tenured play-by-play announcer in the state of Michigan following the retirement of legendary Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell. Blaha brings a high-energy style to go with his extensive basketball knowledge and demonstrates a true passion for Pistons basketball. His trademark colloquialisms such as, “two and twenty-two to play” and “a high glass gun that goes” have thrilled Pistons fans of all ages for three decades.
Blaha was the recipient of two prestigious industry honors in 2003. He was voted Michigan's best play-by-play announcer by statewide readers of the Detroit News and was also honored with the Ty Tyson Award for broadcasting excellence by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.
Blaha also handles play-by-play duties for Pistons games televised by WMYD-TV20. He also hosts the “Pistons Weekly” television program that airs on FSN Detroit and has handled play-by-play duties for Michigan State football since 1971. Kelser begins his 10th season on FSN's Pistons coverage. A former NBA player (Pistons, Sonics) and a star on Michigan State's 1979 NCAA championship team, Kelser has been part of Pistons television or radio coverage since 1988. He will be inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 30.