Kane Kalas Finds His Own Voice

The son of the Phillies' legendary announcer has pipes of his own.

By Michael Alan Goldberg
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But if the opportunity ever presented itself – like if an opera company came to you and offered you the opportunity to become a part of that world professionally, would you consider it?

I would certainly consider it. It’s something where I feel like I would really enjoy it, because that’s what I love to do. But I think in terms of my career, I think it’s more likely that I will make my career doing something in the communications realm. But if the opportunity arose, I would love that, I would immerse myself in it, because I feel like I could then return to the communications eventually. To be honest I would love to do both. I’m kinda torn between the two things here. I’ve been singing since middle school and it’s a passion of mine and I’d love to be able to perform, but, you know, I grew up around my father and I’ve had the opportunity to broadcast in the booth with him. And not only sports, I’ve done voiceovers for small independent films and things like that. I really enjoy doing that. So I haven’t really decided, but if an opportunity arose in either field, I’d like to seize the day.

I imagine that growing up, people must have always asked you if you intended to follow in your father’s footsteps as a baseball announcer. At any point did you turn away from that notion because you wanted to do your own thing in life?

To be honest, I didn’t intend…I didn’t ever think I would do broadcasting seriously for a living until junior year in high school. Throughout most of my high school career I was set on performing in theater and opera, and prior to that, there were a few years in middle school where I wanted to be a professional bowler.

Really? You’re a good bowler?

I used to be. I used to be pretty good. I haven’t bowled a whole lot lately.

What’s your high score?

299.

Get out.

Yeah, one away! 11 strikes in a row and then a nine. When I was 17 I averaged 212, which is pretty good for a 17-year-old. But since then I haven’t really been doing it as much. The really funny thing is that back in elementary school and even in kindergarten, you know how the teacher will sometimes ask you know, “Do you know what you want to do for a living?” And kids will say, “I wanna be a fireman” or “I wanna be a policeman”? I was the only kid in my class who said, “I wanna be an attorney.”

Hah, why was that?

Honestly? I have no idea! I was the kind of kid where my family…we’ve always liked to talk and discuss things instead of you know, “This is what you’re doing and this is why, don’t talk back!” We’d sit and someone would say, “This is what I think you should do,” and I’d say “Well, I’d like to do it this way” and there would be this back and forth thing, trying to persuade them or something. And I got into this kinda habit of every person I interacted with, I’d try to come up with the correct solution for them and figure out exactly why we were doing it for all these various reasons, and with all my friends to this day I still have these philosophical conversations for hours. So yeah, that’s what I wanted to do when I was in kindergarten, believe it or not.

I’m not assuming that you see it as a burden, but when you’re the child of an iconic person I think you’re always asked that question about if you’re going to do the same thing in life – like I’m sure people wonder if Michael Jordan’s son is going to become an NBA player -- and I’m just curious if it becomes something you want to run away from because it’s what people expect or even in some way pressure you to do.

No, not at all, not at all. I have never felt pressure from anybody to pursue that field, especially my family. My father was always very supportive of whatever I wanted to do. He was there when I was doing opera, when I was doing theater…he saw me bowl my 299. He was always 100% supportive of whatever I wanted to do, as was my mother. And to be honest, I never really got pressure from my siblings or even strangers to follow in my father’s footsteps.

Really? I guess I’m surprised to hear that, I assumed that would be the case. You obviously know the history of baseball and broadcasting, the family connections, like Jack Buck and Joe Buck, Harry Caray and Skip Caray, and obviously your dad and your brother, Todd…how it’s often a family affair.

Exactly. But to be honest I never felt the pressure and I’m glad I was able to come to that conclusion myself. I wonder if I had felt that kinda pressure if it would have tainted me or if it made me want to run away from something that I now know from experimentation that it’s something I truly enjoy and want to do.

Do you find that strangers who talk to you say they feel like they recognize your voice but can’t place it?

That has happened before, yeah. People are like, “You sound familiar and you look familiar.” And every time that happens I just smile because both of those are beautiful compliments. There’s no person in the world that I’d rather sound like -- I don’t pretend to have quite as sonorous a speaking voice as my father, but every time I get that compliment I just beam inside.

Do you remember the first game you went to in Philly?

The first baseball game? To be honest I don’t remember, but I was told about it a couple weeks ago. Apparently I was with my father’s brother and his wife at the game, and I guess I was three or four years old so I wouldn’t remember. But it was back at Veteran’s Stadium and I was with them and I guess I fell asleep in the sixth inning.

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1. BaronBaritone said... on Dec 15, 2009 at 12:43PM

“I say this with the qualifier that Kane may not be a professionally trained singer.

For an untrained singer, he is a marginal talent.

If he is a professional one, he is going to struggle immensely without intercession from a higher power.

Good luck, Kane.”

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2. K said... on Feb 27, 2010 at 04:43AM

“Baron, Kane is a professional poker player, and an extremely successful one at that. He has already won hundreds of thousands of dollars playing on the internet, and he is well on his way to being a millionaire. So, I don't think he really cares about making money from singing. Jackass.”

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3. Cal said... on Oct 23, 2010 at 10:19PM

“Kane has a beautiful voice and he is more than "marginal". Baron you are nothing more than a jealous jackass. Kane was only 19 when he sang the National Anthem tribute to his father. Good luck to you Kane, your brothers and mom.”

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4. Sara said... on Oct 24, 2010 at 03:24PM

“I will be the first in line to buy your CD. I hope one will come out soon.”

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