We really have the greatest play-by-play announcer in Atlanta and his name is Dan Kamal. He’s so much fun to listen to that sometimes we tune in to him on the 680 The Fan app on our iPhones during the games to listen to him and watch the game, while we are sitting there in the arena. The organization recently put together a collection of clips from our 5-0 Shut out of the Capitals this month. Dan is also hilarious!
He is so easily approachable and such a nice man, at our “Face Off” event this season, which is an event that Atlanta Thrashers organization holds during preseason for the fans to come in and meet all the players and get their autographs on jerseys, sticks, pucks, posters, whatever you may have, and Mr. Kamal was so kind as to sign my Thrashers Banner for us and stop and talk for a couple of minutes, during this very busy event.
We can always see Dan from our seats in lower bowl as he sits in his office on high calling the games, so I always try to get a photo or two. Dan is always in the left corner sitting in front of a Thrashers banner. Accompanying Dan at this game was Darren Eliot (center), who was also a former goalie and now coaches Jr. Thrashers and announces for the Thrashers, and with the mic is John Kincade, host of the Buck and Kincade show and many other broadcasts, as he’s giving us the “Keys to the Game” for the nite. Kincade is all things sports and also a lot of fun to listen to his perspectives.
Dan at a Post Game show while we were waiting for Rich Peverly to come out and talk to us.
Mr. Kamal received the “Call of the Week” recently as he calls our Rookie Alex Burmistrov’s goal when we shut out Washington Capitals 5-0 recently, and here it is (the goal is quite beautiful too):
And a little more about Mr. Kamal (sorry about the annoying leadin, but the video is really good):
A little bit about Dan:
Senior Director Of Radio Operations /Radio Play-By-Play Announcer
Entering his tenth season and eleventh year with the team, Dan Kamal is the play-by-play voice for all Thrashers radio broadcasts and oversees radio operations for the Thrashers, including the team’s radio network.
As Senior Director of Radio Operations, he is responsible for programming, production and distribution of Thrashers broadcasts for the radio network, which includes flagship station WCNN AM-680 “The Fan” and affiliates in Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. In addition to his radio duties, Kamal is a regular contributor to the team’s official web site, providing editorial and video content.
Kamal joined the Thrashers prior to the 1999-2000 Inaugural Season and his role with the team marks the second time he has broadcasted professional hockey in Atlanta. He is the former radio and television play-by-play announcer for the Atlanta Knights of the former International Hockey League, a position he held from 1994-96. Prior to the Knights, he was the radio and TV play-by-play voice of the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League from 1984-94.
Following the Knights, Kamal joined Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., in 1997 as a writer and field producer for the former CNN/Sports Illustrated cable network. While with the network, he also served as a fill-in anchor on CNN Headline Sports. During the 2004-2005 NHL lockout, he returned to Turner Broadcasting as a freelance reporter/editor for the CNN Radio Network. He also served as a speaker for the Atlanta Hawks Read to Achieve program that reached 122 schools and 61,000 students.
In his broadcasting career, Kamal has also covered the 1996 Summer Olympic Games for Atlanta’s WGST radio and has served as studio host for the Atlanta Falcons Radio Network and PGA Tour Radio.
He earned a Bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and his Master’s degree in communications from Boston University.
Kamal and his wife Dot, have two children; a daughter Deanna, a graduate student at the University of Georgia, and a son, Chris, who is a goaltender playing junior hockey in Alaska.