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Detroit Radio Icon Ken Calvert, Longtime Pistons PA Announcer, Dies at 72
The city of Detroit is mourning the loss of beloved radio personality and Detroit Pistons announcer Ken Calvert, who passed away this week at the age of 72. Calvert was a fixture on Detroit airwaves for over 45 years and served as the voice of the “Bad Boys” Pistons teams during their championship runs in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Calvert’s broadcasting career began after graduating from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids. He cut his teeth at smaller stations before landing at the iconic WXYZ-AM in 1968. This launched decades of entertaining Motor City listeners across channels like WNIC, WJR, and finally at classic rock station WCSX from 2001 until his retirement in 2013.
Alongside his radio work, Calvert took up the role of public address announcer for the Detroit Pistons in 1987, right at the cusp of their “Bad Boys” era. Calvert’s voice narrated back-to-back championships in 1989 and 1990, echoing through The Palace of Auburn Hills. His signature catchphrases like “Deee-troit Basketball!” became intrinsically tied to the Pistons legacy. He served as the team’s hype man and ambassador until 2003.
Remembering a Constant Detroit Presence
As a native Detroiter, Calvert’s rich baritone and smooth on-air flair made him a household name across the metro area. Over his long tenure, he became someone listeners turned on daily to get their fix of news, music, and that quintessential Motor City radio spirit.
Beyond the booth, Calvert gave back to the community through events like March of Dimes fundraisers and blood drives. Even after retiring when WCSX replaced live programming with automated playlists, he stayed connected to his beloved city through a podcast called The Ken Calvert Show.
While the exact cause of Calvert’s death is still unknown, he passed away just 10 years after leaving WCSX and only two days before what would have been his 73rd birthday. As his family releases funeral details in the coming days, they along with thousands of Ken Calvert’s loyal listeners will have Detroit basketball, music, and memories to look back on fondly. For 45 years, Calvert’s voice was truly the soundtrack of the Motor City