Kevin Harlan Teams with Daughter Olivia Harlan Dekker
|RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, October 11, 2018 | 12:55pm CT|
Westwood One will present the first-ever national NFL broadcast to feature a father-daughter broadcast team on Monday, October 15. The network's MNF play-by-play announcer Kevin Harlan will be joined by his daughter Olivia Harlan Dekker as the sideline reporter for the San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers matchup at Lambeau Field. Hall of Famer Kurt Warner will be the game analyst.
"It's probably every parent's dream to someday get a chance to work side-by-side with their child," said Harlan. "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. To be a part of an NFL broadcast is always an honor, but to have our daughter as part of our crew is extraordinary and wonderful. I know I speak for Olivia, my wife Ann, and our three other children in saying that this will be an incredibly proud moment for our family, and we offer our sincere thanks to Westwood One and the NFL."
Dekker added, "My dad is my greatest coach, but I've learned the most just by watching him with admiring eyes my whole life. 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, of which I'm so thankful to Westwood One for the opportunity. We both can't wait for Monday night at Lambeau."
For the second straight year, Dekker will also work sidelines for Westwood One for the SEC Championship. She's currently working her fourth season of college football with ESPN as a sideline reporter for college football games. Dekker previously worked games on the SEC Network, was a sideline reporter for Green Bay Packers pre-season games on Packers TV Network and a host of ACC All-Access and sideline reporter for Atlanta Hawks games on Fox Sports South. In 2013, she co-hosted a daily web series on packers.com for the Green Bay Packers training camp as the team reporter.
It's not the first time a father and child have broadcast a game for Westwood One. The legendary Marv Albert and his son Kenny Albert worked select Monday Night Football games together during the 2004-2005 seasons. Marv did play-by-play and Kenny worked the sidelines.