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Hometown Legends: Harry Kalas (1936-2009)

Hometown LegendsHarry Kalas was born in Chicago on March 26, 1936. He was raised in Naperville, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago that, at the time, had a population of about 8,000. Kalas attended Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa before transferring to the University of Iowa where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech, Radio and Television.


Kalas says the thing that has made him stay in Philadelphia so long is, "the passion of the sports fans. The sports fans are very passionate about their teams. Sometimes they can get on you, they can also be a very positive force."


Kalas has three sons: Brad, Todd and Kane. Todd Kalas works for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.


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WHYY's Marty Moss-Coane, host and executive producer of Radio Times, interviewed Phillies announcer Harry Kalas, alongside Eagles announcer Merrill Reese and Tom McGinnis, 76ers Director of Radio Broadcasting, on June 21, 1999. Listen as they talked about Philadelphia's home teams. Listen to this show via Real Audio »