If you’ve lived in Indianapolis for long, then there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Dave Calabro, one of the most popular sportscasters in the city. Calabro has been bringing Indy citizens their sports updates since 1992, when he joined the WTHR Eyewitness news team as the weekend sports anchor. His star quickly rose as he became an integral part of Indianapolis media.
Dave Calabro video at the Fishers 2008 Spirit Awards in Fishers, Indiana.
Calabro’s career with Channel 13 marks a return home to his roots. He attended Ben Davis High School and is a proud graduate of Butler University. Upon graduating, Calabro made his mark in Dayton, Ohio, covering Bengals football and Reds baseball for WDTN-TV as the sports anchor.
What you might not know about this notable Indianapolis personality is that his Indy upbringing helped launch one of his biggest interests: racing and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As any true Indy resident can attest, racing is a way of life around here, and Dave Calabro embraces that sentiment wholeheartedly.
Along with his regular sports reporting, he provides comprehensive coverage of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race (the Indy 500) and all that comes with it each year. In addition to covering the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and other races throughout the year, Calabro is dedicated to bringing you the best coverage of the biggest event in Indianapolis sports each May, the Indy 500. Due to his tireless efforts during racing season, he has won an impressive host of awards, including four regional Emmys and the title of “Best Sportscaster” by the highly regarded Indianapolis Monthly magazine.
Besides covering the race itself, Calabro hits the streets of downtown Indy each May to bring Indianapolis people the most up-to-date coverage of all the events surrounding the big day. Most of these celebrations are put on by the 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating the success of the Indy 500. Some of the events you can expect to see Calabro and his cohorts covering are the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and the 500 Festival Parade, both of which take place the weekend before the race.
In addition, Calabro will be sure to grace the red carpet each year at the Regions 500 Festival Snakepit Ball, which is held at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. The Ball is the place to be the night before the race; not only will the drivers be in attendance, but so will various celebrities and Indy’s own royalty for the month of May, the 500 Festival Princesses.
If you’re a sports fan, and especially a fan of the biggest spectacle in racing, then don’t miss out on Dave Calabro’s comprehensive coverage of the biggest sports news in Indy. You can find Calabro on WTHR each weeknight and as host of the popular “13 SportsJam” on Sunday evenings.