Kevin Harlan

Kevin Harlan (born June 21, 1960 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American television and radio sports announcer. The son of former Green Bay Packers executive Bob Harlan,[3] he broadcasts NFL and college basketball games on CBS and is a play-by-play announcer for the NBA on TNT.[4] Until 2008, Harlan was the voice of Westwood One Radio's Final Four coverage. In 2010, he began serving as Westwood One's lead announcer for Monday Night Football, calling his first Super Bowl in Super Bowl XLV. He has broadcast 9 consecutive Super Bowls for Westwood One, Super Bowls 45-53.Nine is the second most in radio network history (Jack Buck, 17). He also broadcast the CBS HD feed of Super Bowl XXXV in 2001. He also calls the preseason games of his hometown Packers for the team's statewide television network since 2003. In 2017, he was voted the National Sportscaster of the Year.

Kevin Harlan
Kevin Harlan

June 21, 1960 (age 58)
EducationUniversity of Kansas[2]
Years active1982–present
Parent(s)Bob Harlan (father)
Sports commentary career
SportsNational Basketball Association, National Football League, NCAA football, NCAA basketball


Harlan began broadcasting as a teenager for his alma mater Our Lady of Premontre High School's high school radio station, WGBP, calling play-by-play for the school's boy's basketball, football and ice hockey teams. He had originally pursued attending either the University of Wisconsin–Madison or the University of Notre Dame in pursuit of his communications/mass media degree, but a personal recommendation from broadcaster Gary Bender to Bob Harlan led Kevin to instead attend the University of Kansas and its School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Harlan was introduced to the Jayhawks' primary basketball play-by-play announcer at the time, Tom Hedrick, who audited Harlan's zeal for sports broadcasting and immediately considered him a protege in the making. Hedrick gave Harlan a sideline position his freshman year, eventually deeming him as his understudy and fill-in announcer on days where he had other commitments.[2] Harlan graduated in 1982 with a broadcast journalism degree.

In 1982, at age 22, he became the TV and radio voice of the NBA's Kansas City Kings (now the Sacramento Kings). He then was a basketball announcer for his alma mater, the University of Kansas, for one year, then went on to call games for the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs from 1985–93 after several years hosting and producing surrounding pre-game and post-game programming (coincidentally, current Packers play-by-play voice Wayne Larrivee left the Chiefs position open when he began a thirteen-year run as the voice of the Chicago Bears). Harlan also split time with the University of Missouri (1986–89) calling football and basketball games, and worked as the play-by-play voice of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves for nine seasons (1989–98). On the network level, Harlan called NFL football for NBC in 1991, college football for ESPN in 1992–93, NFL for Fox from 1994–97, and joined Turner Sports in 1996 to cover NBA playoff games (he would begin calling games throughout the entire season in 1997, which he continues to do to this day). He began working for CBS in 1998.[1][2]

In addition, Harlan has called Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers preseason games; basketball games during the now-defunct Goodwill Games, which were owned by Time Warner; college sports on ESPN; and several bowl games during college football seasons. Harlan has also lent his voice on the NBA 2K video game series since 2005.

On Monday September 12, 2016, a fan ran onto the field during a Monday Night Football game between the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams and Harlan gave a play-by-play call of the fan being tackled by security.

"Hey, somebody has run out on the field. Some goofball in a hat and a red shirt.

Now he takes off the shirt! He’s running down the middle by the 50! He’s at the 30!

He’s bare-chested and banging his chest.

Now, he runs the opposite way.

He runs to the 50! He runs to the 40!

The guy is drunk, but there he goes!

The 20 — they’re chasing him, but they’re not going to get him.

Waving his arms, bare-chested; Somebody stop that man!

(Referring to the security) Oh, they got him, they’re coming from the left —

Oh and they tackle him at the 40-yard line!

That was the most exciting thing to happen tonight."

Deadspin referred to the call as an "All Timer." [5]

In 2017, Harlan was voted National Sportscaster of the Year by the NSMA.[2]

Personal life

Harlan is married with 4 children. His daughter, Olivia, is a sideline reporter for ESPN and is married to NBA player Sam Dekker.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "CBS Sports TV Team". Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d Dougherty, Pete (18 February 2018). "Elite company for Green Bay's Kevin Harlan". Green Bay Press-Gazette. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  3. ^ Hiestand, Michael (4 May 2012). "Announcer Kevin Harlan knows best of NBA and NCAA hoops worlds". USA Today. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  4. ^ "NBA on TNT 05-06". TNT. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  5. ^ Burke, Timothy. "Kevin Harlan's Play-By-Play Radio Call Of The MNF Idiot On The Field Is An All-Timer". Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Olivia Harlan Bio". Atlanta Hawks. Retrieved 2017-11-19.

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Marv Albert
Monday Night Football national radio play-by-play announcer
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1996 St. Louis Rams season

The 1996 St. Louis Rams season was the franchise’s 59th year with the National Football League (NFL) and the second season in St. Louis. It was marked by a 59–16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in week 11. The Rams’ point tally in that game was the highest by an NFL team since 1989, when the Cincinnati Bengals scored 61 points. Safety Keith Lyle tied first for the league lead in interceptions, with 9. However, the Rams finished the season with a 6–10 record. Head coach Rich Brooks was fired after the season

Baseball Sunday

Baseball Sunday was a 1980s era nationally syndicated call-in sports talk radio program, created and produced by William Foard and distributed via satellite on the Foard Entertainment Network. The original cast included host Kevin Harlan, with former New York Yankee player and Baltimore Orioles manager, Hank Bauer and statistician John Matthews.

Bob Harlan

Robert E. "Bob" Harlan is the former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Green Bay Packers, an American professional football team. He is a graduate of Marquette University, where he was the Sports Information Director for many years. He is also the father of sports announcer Kevin Harlan.

List of AFC Championship Game broadcasters

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List of Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Finals broadcasters

A list of Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Finals broadcasters.

List of NFC Championship Game broadcasters

The following is a list of the television and radio networks and announcers who have broadcast the National Football Conference Championship Game throughout the years. The years listed concentrate on the season instead of the calendar year that the game took place. The forerunner to the NFC Championship Game (prior to the 1970 AFL–NFL merger) was the NFL Championship Game.

List of NFL on CBS commentator pairings

CBS Sports began televising National Football League games in 1956. The network inherited the rights to games of most of the teams from the defunct DuMont Television Network; back then, each NFL team negotiated its own television deal. From 1956 to 1967, CBS assigned their commentating crews to one team each for the entire season. Beginning in 1968, CBS instituted a semi-merit system for their commentating crews. Following the 1993 season, there was no NFL on CBS after the network lost its half of the Sunday afternoon TV package (the National Football Conference) to the Fox Broadcasting Company. However, CBS gained the American Football Conference package from NBC beginning in 1998. The names of the play-by-play men are listed first while the color commentators are listed second; sideline reporters, when used, are listed last.

List of Super Bowl broadcasters

The following is a list of Super Bowl broadcasters, that is, all of the national American television and radio networks and sports announcers that have broadcast the first four AFL-NFL World Championship Games and thereafter the championship games of the National Football League. It does not include any announcers who may have appeared on local radio broadcasts produced by the participating teams.

Originally alternated between the AFL's broadcaster (then NBC) and the NFL's broadcaster (then CBS), the game is now alternated between the three main broadcast television rightsholders of the NFL—CBS, Fox and NBC. CBS has televised the most Super Bowl games, with Super Bowl LIII as its 20th.

NBC originally had broadcasting rights for the Super Bowl XXVI and CBS for the XXVII, but the NFL allowed the networks to switch the two games in order to allow CBS a significant lead-in to its coverage of the 1992 Winter Olympics. Likewise, NBC was to air the Super Bowl LV and CBS for the LVI, but they agreed to swap the broadcasting rights, therefore CBS will benefit from holding rights to the Super Bowl and the 2021 NCAA Final Four, whereas NBC will be abled to pair its Super Bowl coverage with the 2022 Winter Olympics.

List of World Bowl broadcasters

The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who broadcast the World Bowl. The World Bowl was the championship game of the now defunct NFL Europa (and its forerunner, the World League of American Football).

NFL QB Club 2002

NFL QB Club 2002 is a football video game developed by Acclaim Studios Austin and published by Acclaim Entertainment under their Acclaim Sports banner. It is the final game in Acclaim's NFL Quarterback Club series. Some of the game's key features are:

NFL Quarterback Challenge mode, featuring four head-to-head events: Speed and Mobility, Accuracy, Long Distance Throw and Read & Recognition.

Unlock retired players like John Elway, Dan Marino, Steve Young, Jim Kelly and Phil Simms

31 NFL clubs and over 1500 NFL players.

Play-by-play from Kevin Harlan and color commentary from Bill Maas.

Player models feature blinking eyes, jaw motions, facial expressions and removable helmets.

Player injuries, penalties and weather conditions affect season play and individual player performance.

5 modes of play: Season, Exhibition, Challenge Mode, Playoffs, and Pro Bowl.

Olivia Dekker

Olivia Dekker (née Harlan) (Born April 8th, 1993) is a ESPN/SEC Network college football sideline reporter and was Miss Kansas Teen USA in 2010, completing in the Miss Teen USA 2010. Her father is Kevin Harlan a play-by-play announcer for CBS Sports and TNT Sports and her grandfather is Bob Harlan, a former executive for the Green Bay Packers. She has three brothers and sisters. She graduated at the University of Georgia in 2014. She grew up in Kansas City, Kansas.

Trenni Kusnierek

Trenni Kusnierek (born April 30, 1977) is a sports anchor & reporter for NBC Sports Boston.Kusnierek is a graduate of Muskego High School and Marquette University. She has previously worked at WDJT-TV (2001-2002), FSN Pittsburgh (2003-2007), ABC Sports (2005), and FSN Wisconsin (2008), and as a reporter and former studio host for the MLB Network as well as some work for the Big Ten Network and the NFL Network. For one season, she worked with Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon as a sideline reporter for Green Bay Packers preseason. From 2011 to 2013, she worked for WTMJ (AM) & ESPN 540 in Milwaukee as a sports reporter & talk show host. Kusnierek was hired by NBC Sports to work as a curling reporter during the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics, and also covered tennis for NBC Sports at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Kusnierek has also worked at WEEI-FM in Boston as a weekend and substitute program host.She appeared as herself on the TV show Change of Heart in around 1999.


WORQ, known by the on-air brand of "Q90 FM", is a Christian radio radio station in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The station is owned and operated by Lakeshore Communications, and broadcasts at 90.1 MHz on the FM dial. WORQ is headquartered at 1253 Schuering Rd in suburban De Pere, with its transmitter located in the town of Ledgeview on Scray's Hill. The station is primarily known for its Christian music content (emphasizing contemporary Christian in its playlist), though its schedule also features local and syndicated programming that highlights Christian talk and teaching, along with discussion programming that emphasizes a conservative, evangelical viewpoint on current events.

The 90.1 frequency originated in Green Bay as WGBP-FM in 1975, a station owned by Our Lady of Premontre High School which transmitted within a small 10 watt/10 mile radius in Green Bay proper, carrying music and sports play-by-play and was inspired by the Sheboygan Area School District's WSHS, which launched as the first high school station in the state in 1968. Kevin Harlan (son of Packers executive Bob), a nationally-acclaimed play-by-play sports announcer, started his career with WGBP, calling the school's football, boy's basketball and hockey games, along with Memphis Grizzlies television play-by-play man Pete Pranica. The station was taken silent in 1991 when the Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay merged Premontre, St. Joseph Academy and Abbot Pennings High School into the new one-campus Notre Dame Academy and considered the radio station an extraneous asset. WORQ was considered a new station by the Federal Communications Commission with a new facility ID (along with a much more powerful transmitter), and does not share WGBP's history. As of September 2001, the station was one of 29 radio stations whose plays were recorded by Radio & Records to compile the Christian CHR chart.

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