Why did you decide to pursue television news as a career?
I grew up in Indy and admired many several different on-air personalities -- both on radio and television. It's hard to describe what it's like to have a connection and a relationship with an audience/community, but it means the world to me. I've been able to establish that on radio, and television was clearly the next step.
What was your first job?
I was a chef for a Mexican restaurant. You may have heard of it: Taco Bell.
What is on your DVR?
Old NBA, NFL games and boxing matches. Dramas: Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, I was a huge fan of Breaking Bad, Sopranos, and The Wire. Even though it's on Netflix, House of Cards is great. I'll also watch a few reality shows, for the foolishness.
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?
Find a nice restaurant with dim lighting and be spoiled with a great meal and even better conversation with my wife, family or friends.
Favorite restaurant in Indy?
Ruth’s Chris (downtown). Next time you go, ask for Tina. She’s practically family. I’m also fond of many offerings from the Cunningham Restaurant Group, specifically Mesh on Mass and Union 50 (it's brand new, but very good.)
Most challenging part of your job?
Making sure I serve OUR audience appropriately. Sure, some national stories are worth reporting on. But this is Indianapolis. I want to be sure I cover the storylines and angles our viewers care about most.
Most memorable story you ever covered?
The Pacers' 2014 playoff run. I did PA for the home games, radio color commentary for the road games, and pre & postgame reports on television for RTV6 through the Eastern Conference Finals. Best ride of my professional career.
Favorite, book, movie?
Autobiography of Malcolm X. Controversial figure, and many have a negative view of him, but his life ended just as he was undergoing a personal transformation. I learned a lot about manhood, the pitfalls of temptation, and how I should cherish and get the most out of every single day.
I'm sorry, but I’m all over the map with movies: The Matrix, Inception (or any movie directed by Christopher Nolan), Anchorman, He Got Game, The Godfather (1 & 2), Goodfellas, Breakfast at Tiffany’s (this will make sense later), 500 Days of Summer (the realest romantic movie ever made, and the only one I'll watch), Forrest Gump, Borat, Coming to America, Meteor Man, Harlem Nights. I could keep going.
What’s on your iPod?
Hip Hop and R&B. Jay-Z & Kanye, mainly.
What is something that would surprise people about you?
I love fashion as much as I love sports. It would mean just as much for me to sit front row at a New York, London, Paris, or Milan Fashion Week runway show as it would to sit front row at the Super Bowl or any other top-tier sporting event. It may seem like an odd marriage, but that's me. I can recite the history of the NBA, break down Colts film, and also tell you Anna Wintour's bio.
Best advice you ever got?
"Stay humble." – My Grandfather
"The key to success is self-confidence. The key to self-confidence is preparation." – Arthur Ashe
Favorite vacation spot?
It's a tie between Maui and London.
Proudest career moment?
Calling the Pacers' 2014 postseason road games with Mark Boyle.
Do you have any pets?
A Puggle. "Valentino"
When I am not at work I am__________
running, dining, shopping, or spending time with family – doing all of the above.
Biggest pet peeve?
What advice would you give someone to get into business?
Work hard. Work Hard. Work Hard. Network. Network. Network. Be respectful. Be professional. And strike a balance between persistence and patience.
When you have visitors to Indy where do you take them?
Nice restaurant. Tickets to a game.
Do you have a favorite cause/charity?
American Diabetes Association. Gleaners Food Bank.
When was the last time you tried something new? What was it?
Nothing special in terms of an "activity." My thing is really traveling. So experiencing London and Paris would be most recent.
What electronic gadget can you not live without?
Favorite childhood memory?
Every moment with family.
What is the hardest thing you have ever had to do?
Help build 1070 The Fan from scratch.
What is the scariest thing you have ever done?
I tend to shy away from the scary stuff.
Did you have a mentor in your career?
I consider Bob Lovell (host of Indiana Sports Talk) a mentor. He showed me the ropes when I was just a green, wide-eyed 20-year-old at WIBC. Whether he knows it or not, I've also learned a ton from Pacers radio play-by-play man Mark Boyle. I interviewed him for a school paper years ago and he gave me two tips that stick with me today: "Master the language" and "Over-prepare, but don’t over-present." Kent Sterling hired me at WIBC and later promoted me to executive producer of 1070 the Fan when the station was being formed in 2007. He also played an instrumental role in my career. “Ability is nothing without opportunity.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
If you weren’t in your current profession what would you be doing?
Teaching Sociology, Communication Studies, or African American History at a university.
If you won the lottery what if the first thing you would do?
Buy my mother a new home and car. And send her anywhere in the world she wanted to go.
If you could witness any event, past or present what would it be?
Seeing any of the greats perform in their prime. Michael Jordan at the United Center, Larry Bird at the Garden, or Magic at the Forum. Michael Jackson, anywhere. I’m a huge boxing fan, so witnessing a Muhammad Ali fight, or any other boxing legend would have been a dream.
Michael Grady joined the RTV6 Sports Team as a reporter in August 2014.
Michael grew up in Indianapolis and began his career at WIBC in 2003.
While with WIBC, Michael covered high school sports and produced Indiana Sports Talk with Bob Lovell.
Four years later, Emmis Indy launched 1070 The Fan, an ESPN affiliate, and Michael became the station’s executive producer.
In February 2011, Michael became the co-host of the Grady and Big Joe Show, weekdays from 10 a.m.-noon on 1070 The Fan.
Michael continues to host the popular show with former NFL offensive lineman Joe Staysniak.
Michael is also the public address announcer for the Indiana Pacers. Michael joined the franchise as an emcee for home games in 2008, before replacing legendary announcer Reb Porter as the “in-arena” voice in 2010.
Michael is a graduate of Warren Central and attended Vincennes University and IUPUI. He lives in downtown Indianapolis with his wife, Deandra.