Kevin Harlan Biography
Kevin Harlan is an American radio and television sports announcer. He is the son of former Green Bay Packers executive Bob Harlan, he broadcasts NFL and college basketball games on CBS and is a play-by-play announcer for the NBA on TNT. Harlan was the voice of Westwood One Radio’s Final Four coverage until 2008. In 2010, he started 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). Harlan also broadcast the CBS HD feed of Super Bowl XXXV in 2001. Since 2003, he has been calling the preseason games of his hometown Packers for the team’s statewide television network. In 2017, Harlan was voted the National Sportscaster of the Year.
Kevin Harlan Age
Kevin Harlan was born on June 21, 1960 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is 58 years old as of 2019.
Kevin Harlan Salary & Net Worth
Kevin Harlan the American television and radio sports announcer, has an estimated net worth of $1 million as of 2019. Harlan’s net worth is $.2 million lesser compared to a fellow journalist, Lindsay Rhodes. Harlan recieves an annual salary of $400,000, from his profession. Harlan is one of the most adorable names in the world of media.
Kevin Harlan Wife
Kevin Harlan tied the knot with Ann Harlan on the boxing day of 1987 and the couple has stayed married ever since. Mrs. Harlan frequently takes to her Instagram page to post sweet snaps of her admirable family. They are blessed with four kids namely; Haley Harlan Mancuso, Abigail Harlan, Rob and Olivia Harlan.
Kevin Harlan Daughter
Harlan’s daughter Olivia, born on April 9, 1993, became enamored by sports at a very young age. During her time at the University of Georgia, Olivia covered athletics for the school website. Olivia enjoyed a rapid rise in her career like daddy.
By 2014, Olivia was hired by ESPN and SEC as a college football reporter. She is the host of ACC All Access. She is also popular for her relationship with Los Angeles Clippers player Sam Dekker. Kevin couldn’t be prouder of his little girl.
Kevin Harlan Career
Harlan started 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. Originally, Harlan had 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 go to 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 his 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. In 1982, Harlan graduated with a broadcast journalism degree.
In 1982, at 22 years old, Harlan became the TV and radio voice of the NBA’s Kansas City Kings (now the Sacramento Kings). Harlan 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 started a thirteen-year run as the voice of the Chicago Bears).
He also split time with the University of Missouri (1986–1989) calling football and basketball games and worked as the play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves for nine seasons from 1989 to 1998. On the network level, Harlan called NFL football for NBC in 1991, college football for ESPN in 1992–93, NFL for Fox from 1994 to 1997 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). Harlan started working for CBS in 1998.
Additionally, 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. He has also lent his voice on the NBA 2K video game series since 2005. A fan ran onto the field on Monday September 12, 2016, 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.
Kevin Harlan Best Calls
“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.”
The call was reffered by Barstool Sports as an “All Timer.”
In 2017, the NSMA voted Harlan as the National Sportscaster of the Year.