Chris Denari is in his 11th season as the Indiana Pacers’ television play-by-play announcer for FOX Sports Indiana. He has been involved in broadcasting sports in Indianapolis for more than 30 years. He was named the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association 2003 Broadcaster of the Year and was named to the organization’s Hall of Fame in 2016.
This summer is his 18th season as the television play-by-play announcer for the WNBA’s Indiana Fever. Denari also continues to serve as a member of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network for coverage of the Indianapolis 500 and the Crown Royal Brickyard 400 as well as handling play-by-play duties on assignment for the Big Ten Network.
Denari was the sports director at WXIN-TV Fox 59 from 2004-2006. With his move to Pacers’ TV in 2006, he ended his 17-year association as the radio play-by-play voice of Butler University basketball. He called all five of Butler’s NCAA Tournament appearances from 1997-2003, including the Bulldogs’ trip to the Sweet 16 in 2003. From 2001-2006, Denari hosted the post-game show on the Indianapolis Colts Radio Network. He also previously worked for Pacers’ TV as a locker room reporter and was the television play-by-play voice for the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s state championship events.
He was an associate athletic director and the director of sports marketing at Butler University for 10 years (1989-99) and also worked as the director of communications/marketing at Methodist Sports Medicine Center from 1999 to 2004. He has also worked at WWWY-FM in Columbus, Indiana, WPDS-TV in Indianapolis, the University of Indianapolis and the Horizon League. He volunteers for the Humane Society of Hamilton County and has previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Indiana, the Carmel Dads Club and the Methodist Sports Medicine Center Foundation.
A 1979 graduate of Westfield (IN) High School, Denari played basketball for his father, Bob. He graduated from Wabash College in 1983 and was a member of the Little Giants’ 1982 NCAA Division III National Championship basketball team. In 2013, he and his teammates were inducted into the Wabash College Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2016, he was the recipient of the Clarence A. Jackson Career Service Award from the National Association of Wabash Men, an award given annually to an alumnus who has distinguished himself by outstanding service to his chosen vocation. He is also a member of the Westfield High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.