Thursday, April 23, 2009

Harry Kalas, voice of NFL Films, dies at 73

Harry Kalas, voice of NFL Films, dies at 73
Sean Leahy
April 13, 2009

Broadcaster Harry Kalas died today in Washington after passing out in the radio booth before the game between the Philles and Nationals. Kalas, in addition to broadcasting Phillies games since 1971, was the voice of NFL Films.

Kalas was 73.

NFL Films president Steve Sabol released this statement after news of Kalas' death broke:

"In the 46 years of NFL Films, we have worked with two of the greatest voiceover talents in television history. John Facenda was the 'Voice of God' and Harry Kalas was the 'Voice of the People.'

"His substance was his style. There was no shtick, just a steady blend of crisp articulation and resonance.

"In many ways, Harry is the narrator of our memories. His voice lives on not only on film, but inside the heads of everyone who has watched and listened to NFL Films."

Football fans will recognize his voice from NFL Films material and more recently from video game commercials.

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