Kevin Calabro (born June 27, 1956) is an American sportscaster based in Seattle, Washington. The longtime voice of the former Seattle SuperSonics NBA franchise, Calabro has primarily called NBA basketball but has also announced collegiate football (alongside Yogi Roth) and basketball as well as MLS soccer. Starting with the 2016–2017 NBA season, he will become the television play-by-play voice for the Portland Trail Blazers. As of the 2015–16 season, Calabro is the lead play-by-play announcer for NBA on ESPN Radio. Calabro calls NBA games for ESPN Radio, including NBA Finals games in 2007, 2014 and 2016 alongside personalities like Jack Ramsay and Hubie Brown. Calabro has done ESPN radio play-by-play for the NBA Conference Finals for a decade in addition to being a regular contributor to TNT's NBA broadcasts. Calabro worked college basketball and football games for the Pac-12 Network and postseason college basketball for Westwood One Sports, including NCAA tournament action.
Calabro announced basketball games for the Seattle SuperSonics of the National Basketball Association from 1987 to 2008. Calabro decided not to move with the team when they were relocated to Oklahoma City. Calabro became lead play-by-play personality for the Seattle Sounders FC, a Major League Soccer franchise, in its first year.
Calabro was honored with the 2016 Keith Jackson Western Sports Star of the Year award.
Calabro is a 1974 graduate of Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. He called high school basketball games in Indiana on WBDG. He graduated from Butler University (1978) where he called Butler Bulldog basketball for four years. Calabro had stops in the Central Hockey League, where he broadcast games for the Indianapolis Checkers, as well as at Purdue University and University of Missouri where he called basketball games. He began his professional career as the play-by-play announcer for the Kansas City Kings in the 1983–84 season. In the 1987–88 season, he came on board with the SuperSonics alongside original Sonics play-by-play announcer Bob Blackburn. He had been calling games for the team since then, reaching a milestone 1,500 games in 2006. Calabro had an option with the SuperSonics for the 2008–09 season. However on April 11, 2008, Calabro stated he would not continue with the team should they relocate to Oklahoma City.
Calabro has done work on the national level with TNT, TBS, ESPN Radio, and NBA TV. He has also lent his voice to several Microsoft games, including NBA Inside Drive, NBA Full Court Press, and NFL Fever and more recently has been the play-by-play voice of the Sony PlayStation NBA game franchise.
Calabro's brother, David Calabro, is a sportscaster and the sports director with the NBC-affiliate station WTHR in Indianapolis, as well as the public address announcer at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Example of Kevin Calabro's distinctive voice and play-by-play style, from 2006
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- "Sounders FC Blog - Clarifying Sounders FC's play-by-play duties, and introducing Arlo White - Seattle Times Newspaper". Retrieved June 22, 2016.
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- Calabro Signs Five Year Deal With Supes, SUPERSONICS.COM, May 2003. Retrieved on 2006-07-15.
- "Kevin Calabro: Sonic leave, I stay – Blogger KING Sports". Retrieved June 22, 2016.