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Talent Profile - Kevin Harlan, Play-By-Play Announcer

Kevin Harlan comes to Athens, GA the weekend of Feb 2, 2008 to call the Kentucky-Georgia Basketball game for CBS Sports. This is his profile as published by CBS Sports. Last updated Feb 1, 2008.

Kevin Harlan joined the CBS Television Network's NFL broadcast team as a play-by-play announcer in 1998, after having served in the same capacity for Fox Sports since 1994. He called the Network's HDTV coverage of the 2001 AFC Championship and Super Bowl XXXV. He also has called CBS Sports' coverage of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship since 1999 and called the NCAA Final Four and Championship game for CBS Radio Network and Westwood One for the fifth consecutive year in 2007.

A veteran football and basketball broadcaster, this NFL season marks his 23rd consecutive season broadcasting the NFL and the upcoming NBA season marks his 21st 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 covered 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.

He 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 and basketball for ESPN, as well as college football, college basketball and championship boxing for the Mutual Broadcasting System.

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 Basketball Network (1983-84) and also spent nine seasons (1985-93) as the 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, Wis. He was graduated from the University of Kansas in 1982 with a degree in broadcast journalism. He and his wife, Ann, live in Mission Hills, Kan., with their four children.

Photograph courtesy of CBS Sports.

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