Gary Bender

Bender has been a sports broadcaster for nearly 35 years. He began his career at WKOW in Madison, Wisc., in 1969, and was the University of Wisconsin football and basketball announcer. In 1970, he was named the voice of the Green Bay Packers, while also contributing to the Big Ten Basketball game of the week and the Milwaukee Brewers. During his time in Wisconsin, Bender was twice named the state's Sports Broadcaster of the Year.

In 1975, Bender embarked on his national television career at CBS where he served as the play-by-play voice for the NFL and NBA, as well as college football and basketball. In his 12 years with CBS, he covered 27 different sports, including three NCAA Final Fours.

Bender left CBS in 1987 to become ABC's lead announcer for Monday Night Baseball. While with the network, he covered college football and basketball, and the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

In 1991, Bender moved to Turner Sports as the lead announcer for TNT's NFL Sunday Night Football and NBA Basketball. When TNT lost NFL Sunday Night Football to a rival network, he was hired to handle the television play-by-play for the Phoenix Suns and has been with the organization for nine years.

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