Kevin Harlan joined the CBS Television Network's NFL broadcast team as a play-by-play announcer in 1998, after four years of broadcasting the NFL on Fox Sports. He joined Fox in 1994. Harlan called CBS Sports’ HDTV coverage of the 2001 AFC Championship and Super Bowl XXXV. He also has called CBS Sports' coverage of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship since 1999, and called the NCAA Final Four and Championship game for CBS Radio Network and Westwood One for five consecutive years (2003-07), as well as the regionals (2009, 2010, 2011).
A veteran football and basketball broadcaster, this NFL season marks his 37th consecutive season broadcasting the NFL. Harlan once again called play-by-play for “Monday Night Football” games teaming with Kurt Warner on Westwood One Radio Sports as the lead announce team, including all the playoffs, a Conference Championship game and the Super Bowl. Last year he called his 11th consecutive Super Bowl, surpassing a record held by former CBS Radio broadcaster Jack Buck. Again this season, Harlan will broadcast more NFL games than any other broadcaster for the 12th consecutive season. This upcoming NBA season marks his 35th broadcasting the NBA. Harlan also has called play-by-play for Turner Sports' coverage of the NBA Playoffs since 1996. He has called regular-season action for TNT and TBS since the 1997-98 season and has served as play-by-play announcer for TBS's coverage of the 1998 Goodwill Games and several college football bowl games. For five seasons, Harlan broadcast NFL pre-season games for the Chicago Bears on WBBM-TV. He began broadcasting the Green Bay Packers' pre-season games in 2003 and will continue again this season. Harlan also called pre-season games for the Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars, Washington Redskins and NFL Network. Harlan was voted the 2017 and 2019 National Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sports Media Association joining other CBS Sports broadcasters to win the award including Jim Nantz, Pat Summerall, Ray Scott and Chris Schenkel.
Harlan was the voice of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves for nine seasons on KFAN-AM Radio and KARE-TV. He has called NFL action for NBC Sports and college football for ESPN, as well as college football, college basketball and championship boxing for the Mutual Broadcasting System. In addition, Harlan has been the voice of the NBA’s “2K” video games series since 2006, the last seven years with CBS Sports colleague Clark Kellogg as analyst.
Harlan landed his first job, as the radio and television voice of the NBA's Kansas City Kings, at the age of 22. He called basketball broadcasts for the University of Kansas Jayhawks Radio Network (1983-84) and also spent nine seasons (1985-93) as the radio voice of the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs. In addition, he provided radio play-by-play for the University of Missouri Football and Basketball Network (1986-89).
Harlan was born June 21, 1960, in Milwaukee and raised in Green Bay, Wisc. He was graduated from the University of Kansas in 1982 with a degree in broadcast journalism. Harlan’s father, Bob, was the longtime President & CEO of the Green Bay Packers. He and his wife, Ann, live in Mission Hills, Kan., and Fish Creek, Wisc., and have four children and two grandchildren.
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