Quinn Buckner is the long-time analyst for the
Pacers’ television games. In July 2004, Buckner was
named Vice President of Communications for Pacers
Sports & Entertainment. Buckner also leads the
Pacers Youth Basketball program, a PS&E initiative to
support youth basketball in Indiana.
Prior to joining the Pacers’ television staff, he was an analyst with the
Cleveland Cavaliers. Other television Buckner has done includes work with
NBC and its NBA coverage, and also CBS’ March Madness college basketball
coverage. He was also an analyst for NBA games on ESPN Radio.
Buckner is a former head coach of the Dallas Mavericks and played 10
seasons in the NBA, including 1983-84, when he was a member of Boston’s
NBA Championship team.
An Indiana University graduate with a Business degree, Buckner won
four Big Ten Basketball championships and was the captain of the 1976
Chris Denari enters his 13th season as the Pacers’
television play-by-play announcer. Denari 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 in April 2016, he was inducted into the Indiana Sportswriters and
Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame.
Denari also served as the radio/television play-by-play announcer for the WNBA’s
Indiana Fever for 18 seasons from 2000-2017. He most recently was the Sports
Director at WXIN-TV Fox 59 in Indianapolis. With his move to Pacers’ TV, he ended his
17-year association as the radio play-by-play voice of Butler University basketball. He
called five of Butler’s NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Bulldogs’ first
trip to the Sweet Sixteen in 2003.
He is a member of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network and also
handles play-by-play duties for the Big Ten Network. Previously, he was a member of
TV Host/Sideline Reporter
Jeremiah Johnson is the Pregame/Postgame Host and
Sideline Reporter for Pacers basketball on Fox Sports
As a native of Peru, Indiana, covering sports in the
Hoosier state is all Jeremiah has ever wanted to do.
“JJ” has only lived outside of this great state for only 15 months, during his first
professional television experience at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky. Jeremiah came
“Back Home Again” to work in Terre Haute at WTWO from 2001-04 where he was
also a sideline reporter for Indiana State Basketball. His Indianapolis sportscaster
dream came true while working at Fox 59 in Indianapolis from 2004-13. His
memorable assignments included covering every NCAA Tournament game during
Butler’s Final Four runs of 2010 and 2011, in addition to three Super Bowls and
undefeated NCAA Championship team (the last college basketball team to go
undefeated and win the national championship, and was voted the greatest
team in the 75 years of the NCAA tournament). Buckner was the Captain of
the 1976 gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic Basketball team. While in high
school, he also captained two Illinois state championships teams. He is one
of three people in the history of basketball to win a championship on every
level, high school, college, Olympics and the NBA. On November 19, 2015,
Quinn was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in
Kansas City, Mo.
Quinn is an avid golfer. And his community activities have included
serving on the boards of various charities, including the Indiana University
Board of Trustees, Indiana University Foundation, Center for Leadership
Development, Pacers Foundation, Community Health Network Foundation,
First Tee of Indianapolis, Old National Bank Advisory Board, Crossroads of
America Council Boys Scouts of America Advisory Board, Ivy Tech Community
College Foundation, Indianapolis Children’s Choir Advisory Council, National
Basketball Players Association, USA Basketball, Olympic Athletes’ Advisory
Council, Indiana Youth Institute, Special Olympics of Indiana, YMCA,
Indianapolis Zoological Society, and the Big Ten Advisors Council.
the Indianapolis Colts Radio Network, 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.
A 1979 graduate of Westfield (Ind.) High School, he 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 2014, Denari
was inducted with his teammates into the Wabash College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Denari is a board member for the Joel Cornette Foundation and has served on
the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Indiana, Methodist Sports Medicine
Foundation and Carmel Dads Club. He is a spokesman and volunteer for the
Hamilton County Humane Society, and is active as a speaker and emcee for various
organizations and events in Central Indiana. In 2009, he was named to the inaugural
class of the Westfield High School Distinguished Alumni 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.
Denari and his wife, Terry, live in Carmel, Ind., and are the proud parents of sons,
Evan, Wilson and Max.
numerous Pacers playoff series.
Jeremiah joined Fox Sports Indiana for the 2013-14 season as the Pacers
Pregame Producer and is now entering his fifth season as Pregame/Postgame
host and sideline reporter. Jeremiah and producer Ken Sothman brought home a
2016 Great Lakes Regional Emmy for Best Sports Program Series for Pacers Live!
He is passionate about local high school sports and works various IHSAA
Championship Broadcasts on Fox Sports Indiana and the ISC Sports Network. He
also hosts NCAA Selection Shows, has worked sidelines for the Big Ten Network,
and filled in as dugout reporter for the St. Louis Cardinals on Fox Sports Midwest
this past season.
He hasn’t always had a microphone at sporting events, as Jeremiah was a threesport
athlete at Peru High School and was a walk-on quarterback at Ball State in
1997-98. Jeremiah enjoys assisting the Pacers Community Relations Department
during Reading Timeouts at various schools and libraries in the area. Jeremiah
lives in Zionsville with his wife Alisha and sons Preston (10) and Mason (5).
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