Mike Grace is a freelance play-by-play announcer based out of Birmingham, Alabama. He also produces and syndicates the national broadcast of the Dollar General Bowl Radio Network. Mike has spent over forty years in the broadcasting industry, including ten seasons as “Voice of the Bulldogs” for Samford University football, men’s and women’s basketball and baseball; producer and co-host of “The Ultimate Sports Show”; producer and host of “Snake’s Take – The Ken Stabler Show”; and other local and state-wide sports talk programs and live sporting events. Grace is a highly skilled announcer, producer, host and event emcee who brings a passion for excellence to every project.
Finding His Voice
Progressing from late night disc jockey in his hometown of Vicksburg, MS in the late 1970’s, Mike’s career in radio included morning show host, afternoon drive host, Music Director, Production Director, Program Director, Operations Manager and ultimately, Station Manager. His career shifted to sports talk and live event coverage during his time in Starkville, Mississippi and Mobile, Alabama. This venue was the perfect merger of his passion for broadcasting and his love of sports. Starting as Morning Show host and play-by-play announcer for Sport Radio 105.5 WNSP in Mobile, Mike branched out to producing and syndicating sport talk programming with some of Alabama’s most recognized sports figures. Mike honed his skills as a play-by-play producer/announcer during a ten-year stint overseeing the state-wide broadcasts of the Alabama High School Athletic Association Championship Radio Network, before legendary quarterback and 1971 Heisman Trophy winner, Pat Sullivan, came calling in the summer of 2007.
His passion and enthusiasm behind the mic provided
Samford fans with some of the most epic calls
in the History of Samford Athletics.
- Martin Newton
Director of Athletics, Samford University
A Dream Fulfilled
The new Samford University Football Head Coach brought Mike to Birmingham, where he spent the next ten years fulfilling a life-long dream of serving as “The Voice” for an NCAA Division 1 college program. During his time at Samford, Mike produced over 120 events per year and provided play-by-play for both radio and television broadcasts while hosting weekly coach’s radio shows, producing highlight packages and feature stories for all 17 Samford University sports and launching Samford’s first-ever productions for ESPN3.
His position at Samford opened the door for Mike to work with broadcast journalism students, giving them on-the-job learning opportunities along with mentoring them in the craft of live sports coverage. With great pride, he has seen his former student workers go on to have successful careers in broadcasting.
Currently, Grace is pursuing opportunities as a freelance play-by-play announcer, voice-over artist, and sport talk programming producer.
Mike and his wife Carol Ann currently reside just outside of Atlanta in Suwanee, GA. Their children are Daniel and Linsey Cloud, also of Suwanee GA; Matthew and Krissy Grace, plus Daniel and Stephanie Grace, all of Nashville TN. They have one beautiful grandchild, Hattie Cloud.
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