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Bill Donella, original P.A. voice, passes

Bill Donella, original P.A. voice, passes

Bill Donella, the Pacers’ original public address announcer, passed away Tuesday morning.

Donella’s booming baritone was one of the memorable features of Pacers games in the franchise’s early years. He moved with the team from the Fairgrounds Coliseum to Market Square Arena in 1975 and was replaced a few years later by Reb Porter.

Donella also worked at Channel 13 for several years as a backup sports anchor and a political reporter, as well as at local radio stations WIFE and WIBC. He also was the track announcer at the Winchester Speedway and Indianapolis Raceway Park, as well as for some events at the Fairgrounds track.

He is survived by his wife Margie, whom he met at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Month of May.

Donella was known as a talented, congenial but stubborn man. One veteran Pacers stat crew member recalled him reading a public service message advising fans not to smoke in the building while cradling a cigarette underneath the scorer’s table.

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Mark Montieth has more than 30 years of experience as a reporter, columnist, and feature writer for major media entities, and his work has been featured both in Indiana and across the country. This is his second full season contributing to Pacers.com, though he spent many years as the team's beat writer for the Indianapolis Star. Montieth also hosts a radio show called "One on One" on 1070 the Fan.

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