NFL play-by-play announcer Kevin Harlan will be teamed with daughter Olivia Harlan Dekker as part of a history-making three-person on-air crew for Westwood One’s radio broadcast of Monday night’s game between the Packers and 49ers, the network announced Thursday.
Dekker will be the sideline reporter for her dad and former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner will be in the booth. Dekker jokingly tweeted the news: “Thanks to @westwood1sports for the opportunity, and thanks @Kevinharlan for … life and stuff.”
— Olivia Harlan Dekker (@OliviaDekker) October 11, 2018
“My Dad is my greatest coach, but I’ve learned the most just by watching him with admiring eyes my whole life … To work an NFL game together on national radio is a personal and professional highlight for me,” Dekker said in a statement.
“It’s probably every parent’s dream to someday get a chance to work side-by-side with their child,” Kevin Harlan said.
It’s not the first time a father and child have worked a game together for Westwood One. Marv Albert and son Kenny Albert worked select “Monday Night Football” games together during the 2004-05 seasons, the network noted. Marv did play-by-play and Kenny worked the sidelines.
Monday’s game will be even “more special” because it’s at Lambeau Field, Kevin Harlan noted. His father and Olivia’s grandfather, Bob, was a top executive with the Packers for more than two decades.