Greg Papa (front right) and Bonta Hill interview Kevin Durant at the Rakuten Performance Center in Oakland, Calif. (Courtesy / Bonta Hill)

Greg Papa will become new play-by-play voice for San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers announced on Wednesday morning that Ted Robinson, who has been calling play-by-play for the team for 10 years, will assume a new role in the organization. Starting in 2019, longtime Bay Area radio personality Greg Papa will take over as the radio play-by-play voice for the team.

“For the last 10 years, the 49ers Faithful have listened to one of the most accomplished and respected professionals in the broadcasting community deliver the game day action of their favorite team,” 49ers President Al Guido said in a statement. “Ted has always been much more to our team than just a play-by-play voice, he’s a member of our family and a valuable ambassador for our organization. That is why we are thrilled he will continue on with the team and help us to continue to deliver the 49ers to our fans in a number of ways.

Papa, a 32-year veteran of the Bay Area radio scene, most recently called radio play-by-play for the Oakland Raiders (1997-2017), before being unceremoniously jettisoned as the Raiders began their transition from Oakland to Las Vegas before this season. The first Bay Area broadcaster to have a role with five of the region’s major professional teams, Papa also served as the voice of the Golden State Warriors (TV & radio – 1986-97), San Francisco Giants (TV & radio – 2004-08) and Oakland A’s (TV – 1990-2003) Papa currently hosts NBC Sports Bay Area’s San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants and Golden State Warriors Pregame Live and Postgame Live shows.

“Bay Area sports fans have been treated to his legendary calls of their teams for more than three decades,” Guido said. “We are elated to welcome Greg to the 49ers family.”

A three-time California Sportscaster of the Year Award award winner, and a recent inductee into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame, Papa currently hosts The Greg Papa Show with Bonta Hill on 95.7 FM The Game. He has also done work for NBC Sports California, including telecasts of Cal Golden Bears football and basketball, and West Coast Conference basketball.

Papa will partner with Tim Ryan in the broadcast booth, while Robinson, a 2012 Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame inductee be active in the community and at 49ers events. Robinson had previously served as the third member of the 49ers radio broadcast team in 1983 with Don Klein and Don Heinrich, and also anchored pre/post-game coverage on 49ers radio network from 1983-86 and was part of the 49ers locker room coverage after the team’s 1985 Super Bowl victory. He previously worked as a radio and TV announcer for the Giants (1993-2001), as the TV announcer for the A’s (1985-87), as a TV and radio announcer for the Warriors (1983-85) and as a TV announcer for the Pac-12 Network (seven seasons).

Robinson also handled TV and radio announcing for the New York Mets (four seasons) and TV announcing for the Minnesota Twins (seven seasons), during his 23 years in Major League Baseball. From 1986-89, he called NBC Baseball’s “Game of the Week.” Robinson was a two-time Emmy Award Winner while with the Giants and Mets.

Robinson is now in his 20th year with NBC Sports, and will call his 12th Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. With NBC, he has covered Wimbledon, the French Open, and eight Olympics and world championships, which included assignments ranging from swimming to equestrian. Robinson also called U.S. Open tennis for 22 years on USA Network, as well as the NCAA basketball championship for five years on CBS.

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