Kevin Harlan

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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,[1] he broadcasts NFL and college basketball games on CBS and is a play-by-play announcer for the NBA on TNT.[2] Until 2008, Harlan was the voice of Westwood One Radio's Final Four coverage. In 2009, he began serving as Westwood One's lead announcer for Monday Night Football, calling his first Super Bowl in Super Bowl XLV. He also calls the preseason games of his hometown Packers for the team's statewide television network as part of his CBS Sports duties.


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 Notre Dame University 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 and 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.[3]

In 1982, 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.[4][3]

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. A Wisconsin native, Harlan attended the University of Kansas and graduated in 1982 with a broadcast journalism degree. He took sportscasting classes under the guidance of former Super Bowl and Chiefs play-by-play voice Tom Hedrick.

Harlan has also lent his voice on the NBA 2K video game series, as well as NFL QB Club 2002 for Acclaim Sports.

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

In 2018, Harlan will be inducted into the National Sports Media Hall of Fame.[3]

Personal life

Harlan's daughter, Olivia Harlan, is a sideline reporter for ESPN.[6]


  1. ^ Hiestand, Michael (4 May 2012). "Announcer Kevin Harlan knows best of NBA and NCAA hoops worlds". USA Today. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "NBA on TNT 05-06". TNT. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Dougherty, Pete (18 February 2018). "Elite company for Green Bay's Kevin Harlan". Green Bay Press-Gazette. Retrieved 18 February 2018. 
  4. ^ "CBS Sports TV Team". Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. 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. 

External links

  • CBS Sports profile
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