Alan Kalter, The Long Time Announcer For David Letterman, Has Died

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His voice was heard world wide as the announcer for David Letterman and The Late Show. Kalter joined the staff after Bill Wendell, the voice for 15 years retired, a producer brought a ton of tapes to Letterman who only listened to one, Alan Kalter. Letterman knew Kalter was the pick. “Alan’s was the first and only voice we listened to. We knew he would be our choice. Whatever else, we always had the best announcer in television. Wonderful voice and eagerness to play a goofy character of himself. Did I mention he could sing? Yes, he could. He enthusiastically did it all. A very sad day, but many great memories." In numerous episodes, you'd see Kalter become a character during different segments.

Alan was no stranger to being an announcer, he was the voice of To Tell The Truth and The $25,000 Pyramid before joining Letterman. Kalter met Letterman while voicing the later of those shows. Alan is a graduate of Hobart College. He went on to attend New York University and embarked on a career as a high school teacher in Long Island before beginning a radio broadcasting career.

Kalter was 78.

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