Longtime NFL commentator Harry Kalas passed away Monday, but was he the most beloved voice in football?
randy_boyd: For the rest of my life when I hear the song "High hopes" I will think of Harry Kalas...
Rarely do men like him and Harry Caray, Howard Cos...
bucinka8: I'm not a Phillies fan, so it's Harry's voice I'll miss the most. John Facenda was a part of my childhood, and when he died I thought no one...
wxcbs: "...but was he the most beloved voice in football?" Why is that even a question? Why do we have to rate and rank the poor guy before he's ...
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The world will miss Harry's wonderful presence, esp. in Philly. One of the best ever voices in the business, a true gentleman and a Phillies/Eagles fan throughout our wild gyrations of phickleness.
Goodbye, Mr. Kalas, and Thank You!
April 13, 2009 7:47 PM | Report Offensive Comments
IMHO, professional football broadcasting hasn't been the same since the glory days of Pat Summerall. Whether he was paired with Tom Brookshier or John Madden, he was the golden voice of the NFL.
April 13, 2009 7:56 PM | Report Offensive Comments
First whitey, now Harry. Today is an end of an era in Philadelphia. I don't think in my life time we'll ever be graced by the talent of those gentlemen. Harry was a great broadcaster, a greater man.
Thank you Harry for all those summers, you were baseball
April 13, 2009 8:17 PM | Report Offensive Comments
Just a story to let everyone know what kind of man Harry was. This past winter we had a retirement dinner for a long time co-worker. The Red Cross was having a black tie event that Mr. Kalas was attending at the same country club. Our guest of honor is a Phillies fanatic so someone went over to the other room and asked Harry if he could stop over. Harry, not knowing who we were, came over and grabbed the mike and gave a nice send off speech to our friend. As he was leaving someone yelled,"High Hopes". With that Harry spun around, grabbed the mike again and led the room in the song that he made famous through Phillies playoff history.
He was one hell of a nice guy!
April 13, 2009 8:45 PM | Report Offensive Comments
He was not only a wonderful announcer and nice person but he was a true fan. He brought something to the game that is missing now in the age of the big contract, steroids, multimillion ballparks and the ticket prices to match. He truly loved the sport for what it was in its truest form. We don't have many people out there like him and he along with all the great ones will never be replaced.
April 14, 2009 12:26 AM | Report Offensive Comments
Harry replaced John Facenda as NFL Films' narrator. Both men were local Philadlephia broadcasters near NFL Film HQ in suburban NJ. Harry also narrated the annual Puppy Bowl.
How about Merrill Reese (Eagles radio announcer) to replace Harry? Great pipes and is local to NFL Films HQ.
April 14, 2009 9:09 AM | Report Offensive Comments
For the rest of my life when I hear the song "High hopes" I will think of Harry Kalas...
Rarely do men like him and Harry Caray, Howard Cossell, John Madden, and a few others come along.
You will be missed. Godspeed Harry...
April 14, 2009 11:57 AM | Report Offensive Comments
I'm not a Phillies fan, so it's Harry's voice I'll miss the most. John Facenda was a part of my childhood, and when he died I thought no one could ever quite fill that voice's shoes. Harry got it just about perfect.
At least he died doing what he loved to do, which few of us will have the privilege of doing.
April 14, 2009 12:05 PM | Report Offensive Comments
"...but was he the most beloved voice in football?" Why is that even a question? Why do we have to rate and rank the poor guy before he's even gone for a day. What does it matter anyway? He was a great guy who I had some interaction with while working in Philly in TV. Can we leave it at that? It's sad we have to resort to a question like that to get more responses and website hits. God bless ya Harry.
April 14, 2009 2:21 PM | Report Offensive Comments