George Blaha has anchored Spartan football broadcasts as play-by-play voice for nearly four decades. A 2008 inductee into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, Blaha is a Michigan broadcast icon, recently completing his 39th season as radio and television play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons. Most recenlty, Blaha was a 2014 inductee into the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame. The longest tenured play-by-play broadcaster in the state, Blaha has been the recipient of many prestigious awards including Michigan Sports Broadcaster of the Year (1998, 2007) from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. In 2002, he was also presented the Ty Tyson Award for “Excellence in Sports Broadcasting” by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.
In addition to his Spartan football play-by-play duties, Blaha hosts the weekly Mark Dantonio Show.
Born in Detroit, Blaha was raised in Marshalltown, Iowa and Grayling, Michigan. He and his father attended Michigan State’s first-ever Big Ten football game, played at Iowa in 1953. Blaha earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Notre Dame in 1966 and later received his MBA from Michigan.
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