Kevin Harlan, Olivia Harlan Dekker to make broadcasting history


Published 1:58 PM EDT Oct 11, 2018

An NFL radio broadcast will make history Monday by featuring the first father-daughter broadcasting team in league history.

Kevin Harlan, Olivia Harlan Dekker to make broadcasting history

Westwood One announced Thursday that longtime play-by-play announcer Kevin Harlan will be paired with his daughter, Olivia Harlan Dekker, as part of a three-person team for the network's broadcast of Monday night's game between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers. Harlan and former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner will be in the booth, and Dekker will be the sideline reporter.

"My Dad is my greatest coach, but I’ve learned the most just by watching him with admiring eyes my whole life," Dekker said in a statement released by the company. "His perpetual drive to improve at his craft, the thorough preparation for every game, and the class and professionalism that he’s known for are the gold standard. To work an NFL game together on national radio is a personal and professional highlight for me."

Harlan, who is midway through his ninth season as the play-by-play voice of Monday Night Football for Westwood One, said in a statement that the broadcast will be "an incredibly proud moment for our family." 

"It’s probably every parent’s dream to someday get a chance to work side-by-side with their child," Harlan said. "The fact that this will be at Lambeau Field where Olivia’s grandfather ran the Green Bay Packers for more than two decades, and where she used to play as a little girl and attended many games growing up, makes it even more special."

(Bob Harlan worked as the president and CEO of the Packers from 1989 to 2008.)

Dekker is a college football sideline reporter for ESPN, which she joined in 2015.

While Harlan and Dekker will be the first father-daughter duo to share an NFL broadcast, they will not be the first parent-child pair to fill that role; Marv Albert and his son, Kenny, shared multiple broadcasts during the 2004 and 2005 seasons, according to the news release.

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