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Greg Papa takes over as 49ers play-by-play broadcaster

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The San Francisco 49ers today announced that Ted Robinson will assume a new role with the organization after 10 stellar seasons calling games for the red and gold. Beginning with the 2019 season, Greg Papa will take over as Voice of the 49ers and handle the play-by-play duties for the team. 

“For the last 10 years, the 49ers Faithful have listened to one of the most accomplished and respected professionals in the broadcasting community deliver the game day action of their favorite team,” said 49ers President Al Guido. “Ted has always been much more to our team than just a play-by-play voice, he’s a member of our family and a valuable ambassador for our organization. That is why we are thrilled he will continue on with the team and help us to continue to deliver the 49ers to our fans in a number of ways. 

“The addition of Greg Papa to our broadcast team as the Voice of the 49ers adds to the great legacy of 49ers broadcasters who have previously held that moniker – Bob Fouts, Lon Simmons, Joe Starkey, Don Klein and Ted. Bay Area sports fans have been treated to his legendary calls of their teams for more than three decades. We are elated to welcome Greg to the 49ers family and have him deliver the action in his own unique style directly to The Faithful for the very first time. With Papa partnering with Tim Ryan in the broadcast booth on game days, and Robinson active in the community and at 49ers events, we believe our fans have the best in the business bringing them their favorite team every day of the year.”

More on Ted Robinson 

Since joining the 49ers in 2009 as the play-by-play voice of the team, Robinson has been very active with the 49ers website and television productions, in addition to emceeing a number of events for the organization. He is part of a prestigious group of play-by-play men who have called 49ers games throughout the team’s history. Robinson had previously served as the third member of the 49ers radio broadcast team in 1983 with Don Klein and Don Heinrich, and also anchored pre/post-game coverage on 49ers radio network from 1983-86 and was part of the 49ers locker room coverage after the team’s 1985 Super Bowl victory.

A 2012 Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame inductee, Robinson has strong ties to the region as he has worked as a radio and television announcer for the San Francisco Giants (1993-2001), as the television announcer for the Oakland Athletics (1985-87), as a television and radio announcer for the Golden State Warriors (1983-85), as the radio announcer for the Stanford Cardinal football program (13 seasons) and as a television announcer for the PAC-12 Network (seven seasons).

In addition to his work with the Giants and A’s, Robinson handled TV and radio announcing for the New York Mets (four seasons) and TV announcing for the Minnesota Twins (seven seasons), during his 23 years in Major League Baseball. From 1986-89, he called NBC Baseball’s “Game of the Week.” Robinson was a two-time Emmy Award Winner while with the Giants and Mets.

Robinson is now in his 20th year with NBC Sports and will call his 12th Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. With NBC, he has covered Wimbledon, the French Open, and eight Olympics and world championships, which included assignments ranging from swimming to equestrian. Robinson also called U.S. Open tennis for 22 years on USA Network, as well as the NCAA basketball championship for five years on CBS. 

The Notre Dame alum lives in Atherton with his wife, Mary. The couple have two children.

More on Greg Papa

A 32-year veteran of Bay Area sports broadcasting, Papa now adds the 49ers to his long list of calls for iconic Bay Area franchises, becoming the first Bay Area broadcaster to have a role with five of the region’s major professional teams. He previously served as the voice of the Warriors (TV & radio – 1986-97), Giants (TV & radio – 2004-08), Oakland A’s (TV – 1990-2003) and Oakland Raiders (radio – 1997-2017). Papa currently hosts NBC Sports Bay Area’s San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants and Golden State Warriors Pregame Live and Postgame Live shows.

A three-time California Sportscaster of the Year Award award winner and recent inductee into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame, Papa currently hosts The Greg Papa Show with Bonta Hill on 95.7 FM The Game in the Bay Area. He has also done work for NBC Sports California, notably telecasts of California Golden Bears football and basketball and West Coast Conference basketball. After serving as the voice of the Warriors from 1986-1997, he worked as the lead broadcaster for the San Antonio Spurs from 1997-2000. Papa also spent 14 years as the television play-by-play announcer for the Oakland A’s from 1990-2003.

After graduating from Syracuse University, Papa was a member of the Indiana Pacers radio and television broadcasting teams from 1984-1986. Greg resides in Danville with his wife, Angela, and their five children.

 

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