The son of football executive Bob Harlan, Kevin Harlan grew up to love sports. In high school, Kevin began broadcasting for his varsity radio station and called play-by-play for the school’s ice hockey, football, and basketball teams.
He rapidly advanced from then and landed his first professional job in 1992 with ESPN, he then worked with FOX as an NFL announcer from 1994 to 1997 before joining his current employer CBS in 1998. On CBS, Harlan broadcasts NFL, NBA, and college basketball games.
He also works for the NBA on TNT as a play-by-play announcer. Kevin has also announced a good number of Super bowl games, his first being the Super Bowl XLV in 2011 during a time when he was working for the now-defunct Westwood One.
Family: Wife, Daughter, Kids
Like in his professional life, Kevin Harlan is doing well in his personal life. On the boxing day of 1987, he tied the knot with Ann Harlan and has stayed married to her ever since. Mrs. Harlan frequently takes to her Instagram page to post sweet snaps of her admirable family.
The couple share four kids together including; Haley Harlan Mancuso, Abigail Harlan, Rob and Olivia Harlan. The most popular among them is daughter Olivia Harlan who followed in the footsteps of her daddy to become a sports reporter.
Born on April 9, 1993, Harlan’s daughter Olivia became enamored by sports at a very young age. During her time at the University of Georgia, Olivia covered athletics for the school website. Like daddy, Olivia enjoyed a rapid rise in her career.
By 2014, she was hired by ESPN and SEC as a college football reporter. She is the host of ACC All Access. Olivia is also popular for her relationship with Los Angeles Clippers player Sam Dekker. Kevin couldn’t be prouder of his little girl.
Kevin Harlan Net Worth, Salary
Harlan is no doubt an icon in sports announcing. His raspy voice, spontaneity, and ability to make his viewers feel like they are part of the game makes him a favorite of many sports lovers. Some of his fans have often wondered how much their favorite announcer receives for the job he does.
Well, our research turned no exact number for what Harlan earns, however, we did discover that an average professional sports announcer on TV earns an average salary of $65,000 while his counterpart who works on radio nets around $35,000 and Harlan is both on TV and radio.
However, some announcers who have their own TV shows, developed their skill set, and boast of a massive fan following can earn as much as 7 figures annually. The likes of Mike Tirico, Jim Nantz, Joe Buck and Stephen A. Smith are obvious examples.
For Kevin Harlan, one way we do know he bolsters his income is by lending his voice to the NBA 2K series. A gig he landed since 2005. He spoke about his decades-long experience with the 2K game during his interview with Just Not Sports podcast.
With all that being said, we speculate that Kevin Harlan’s net worth is within the range of $2 million and $5 million.
Harlan was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on June 21, 1960.
Kevin attended Our Lady of Premontre High School.
He had originally intended to study for his mass communications degree in either the University of Wisconsin–Madison or Notre Dame University, however, broadcaster Gary Bender recommended the University of Kansas to Bob Harlan who sent his son to the school. Kevin graduated with a broadcast journalism degree in 1982.
Kevin Harlan honed is sportscasting skills under the tutelage of Tom Hedrick who was, at the time, the primary basketball play-by-play announcer for the Jayhawks.
Harlan generated much media buzz on Monday, September 12, 2016, when he gave a play-by-play call of a fan being tackled by security after intruding into a Monday Night Football game between the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams.
Kevin Harlan stands at 6 feet 3 inches tall.
He was in 2017 named by the NSMA as the National Sportscaster of the Year.
Harlan became noted for saying the lines; “He just sucked the gravity out of the building!” AND “with no regard for human life!”