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The city of Detroit mourns the passing of a local legend, Ken Calvert, a beloved radio DJ and television announcer for the Detroit Pistons during the Bad Boys era of fame. Known for his distinctive voice and charismatic personality, Calvert’s passing at age 72 marks the end of an era in Detroit’s broadcasting history.
Ken Calvert is a Detroit native who left an indelible mark on the city’s radio airwaves. Born and raised in Detroit, Calvert graduated from Brother Rice High School and pursued his college studies at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He further honed his broadcasting, voice-over, and acting skills at Oakland Community College (OCC) in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
Calvert’s love for his city was demonstrated through his work as he became a key figure in Detroit’s media landscape. His vibrant personality and unique voice are instantly recognizable to anyone who follows radio in the Motor City.
Calvert’s career spanned more than 45 years, during which time he worked for several radio stations throughout Detroit. His talent for connecting with listeners and knack for entertaining have made him a famous personality on television.
In addition to his radio career, Calvert also served as public address announcer for the Detroit Pistons for sixteen years during the Bad Boys era, further cementing his place in Detroit’s cultural history.
In addition to broadcasting, Calvert also worked as director of local and regional marketing and promotions for Sony Music Corporation (Columbia Records), where he specialized in artist development, marketing and retail. In his later years, he enjoyed podcasting and humorously called himself the man who chased children out of his yard.
Details surrounding Ken Calvert’s death are still unknown. News of his passing filled the Detroit community and beyond with sadness, as fans and friends remembered his incredible contributions to the city’s broadcasting industry.
Ken Calvert R.I.P. 😰The news hit me like a ton of bricks. The wind was literally blown out of my lungs when I heard the news that my radio friend, hero and mentor, Ken Calvert had passed away. Ken truly set the standard for my career and over the years has always been there to encourage me with a phone call, a laugh and a memory or two. I will miss our phone calls and bragging about our chili recipes, you will always be number one. TEAR. to the forever normal K.C. King chili, Chuck Roast….Ken Calvert
Calvert’s cause of death has not yet been revealed. As the city waits for more information, the focus is on honoring his life and recognizing his significant impact on Detroit’s radio scene.
Ken Calvert’s legacy will live on through his memorable broadcasts and the countless listeners he reached throughout his illustrious career. His voice may have been silent, but his influence will continue to resonate in the hearts of all who knew him and his work.