Another first: Kevin Harlan, daughter Olivia Harlan Dekker to broadcast Packers-49ers together

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Westwood One announced that play-by-play man Kevin Harlan will broadcast Monday night’s Packers-49ers game with his daughter, Olivia Harlan Dekker, as sideline reporter. (Westwood One/Twitter)
Westwood One announced that play-by-play man Kevin Harlan will broadcast Monday night’s Packers-49ers game with his daughter, Olivia Harlan Dekker, as sideline reporter. (Westwood One/Twitter)

This NFL season has already seen some history in the broadcast booth, with Andrea Kremer and Hannah Storm becoming the first team of women to broadcast NFL games, which they do for Thursday night games on Amazon Prime.

On Monday night, a little more history will be made.

Kevin Harlan and Olivia Harlan Dekker on Monday night

Westwood One, which does the radio broadcasts for Monday Night Football games, announced this week that Kevin Harlan and Olivia Harlan Dekker will become the first father-daughter duo to be part of the broadcast for an NFL game.

Harlan in is his ninth season as Westwood One’s play-by-play voice, and he’s joint by Kurt Warner as analyst. Harlan Dekker will be the sideline reporter.

Harlan Dekker is in her fourth season as a college football sideline reporter for ESPN, and has previously worked as a sideline reporter for Westwood One at the SEC Championship game.

‘Every parent’s dream’

In a statement posted by Westwood One, Harlan called it a dream to get to work with Harlan Dekker, one of his four children.

“It’s probably every parent’s dream to someday get a chance to work side-by-side with their child,” he said. “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.”

(Bob Harlan is a legendary Packers’ executive and the franchise’s chairman emeritus; he joined the team as assistant general manager in 1971 and 19 years later was named team president, overseeing Green Bay’s return to glory.)

Kevin Harlan went on to say that Monday night will be “an incredibly proud moment for our family.”

‘We can’t wait!”

In the statement, Harlan Dekker said, “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!”

The first parent-child pair to broadcast NFL games was Marv Albert and his son, Kenny, who worked several Monday Night Football games together for Westwood One during the 2004-05 seasons.

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