Napear ‘calls’ El Dorado Hills home
Grant Napear can be heard and seen in El Dorado County, Northern California and the country.
Since 1995, the El Dorado Hills resident has been the host of the “Grant Napear Show” on KHTK, CBS Sports 1140 weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m. Napear also fills-in for nationally syndicated sports radio talk show host Jim Rome, whose show can also be heard on KHTK weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon.
Since the early 1990s, Napear has been the play-by-play TV announcer for the National Basketball Association’s Sacramento Kings. He has also served as play-by-play announcer for Oakland Raiders’ preseason games in the past decade.
Napear has coined many phrases over the years during the NBA seasons that include, “Put it in the book and send him to the line!” and one of his famous and popular lines, “If you don’t like that, you don’t like Kings basketball!”
Napear, his wife Starr and their five children love living on the west side of El Dorado County. Their sons, Trent, 16, and Chase, 14, attend Oak Ridge High School and play sports. Trent, a junior, plays in the Trojans’ basketball program and Chase, a sophomore, plays in the school’s boys lacrosse program. Last spring, Chase was on the Oak Ridge junior varsity boys lacrosse team.
“I love everything about El Dorado Hills,” Napear said. “There’s nothing I don’t like about El Dorado Hills. I like the communities, the schools are great. The athletic programs are outstanding. We have met great friends up there.”
During the NBA season, after announcing a Kings home game, Napear loves driving from Sleep Train Arena in Natomas to eastbound Highway 50 for home.
“The best feeling is getting off 50 and headed up Serrano Parkway and just seeing the beauty of the community,” said Napear, who moved to the Sacramento area in 1987 for a sports anchors job with one of the Sacramento TV stations. “It just puts you in a great mood. This is just my opinion, but I think that this is the best community to live in the greater Sacramento area.”
In the last three years, the rumors regarding the Kings leaving Sacramento for Anaheim or Seattle, Wash. had thousands of listeners calling into Napear’s radio show.
“What was going through my mind is that might have been the last season I ever announce NBA basketball,” said Napear, “because if the team moved to Seattle, the chances of me going up there would have been slim.”
No Kings in Sacramento would’ve meant new employment for Napear, who is native of Syosset, N.Y.
“I would have, in all likelihood, tried to move out of the Sacramento community,” Napear admitted. “What was going through my mind was leaving El Dorado Hills. My kids are in high school; how difficult that would be? I would’ve had to uproot everything. It was a very tremulous time.”
Napear used his show to state the facts and feelings of what he felt was going to happen. As weeks and months passed, Kings fans and a large portion of the Sacramento region rallied to keep the Kings in Sacramento that was successful. Two months ago, Vivek Ranadive purchased the Kings from the Maloof family. A new arena built is projected in downtown Sacramento before the start of the 2016-17 season.
Many Kings fans have called Napear on his radio show to credit him as one of the many people who helped keep the Kings in Sacramento. As of July 11, listeners continued to call and thank him. He feels Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is the key part for the Kings staying in Sacramento.
“I know what I did, I know what a lot of other people did,” Napear said. “They are a lot of people who did things behind the scenes. I truly believe it was a tremendous community effort. I say this on the air: What we did in Sacramento was a group effort. I played a part of it, I have a strong voice and I’m aware of that.”
On July 11, Napear did his show from the Reunion Club in El Dorado Hills. Mayor Johnson was one of his guests on the show.
“The team had no chance of staying without Mayor Johnson,” Napear said.
Now Napear and his family can continue to call El Dorado Hills home for a long time.