Alan Kalter, a 1964 Hobart College graduate and for the past 20 years the announcer for the "Late Show with David Letterman" returned to Geneva this week for his 50th college reunion.
While attending Hobart Kalet worked in radio as a "DJ" for WGVA 1240AM. Kalter took time Friday to return to WGVA, now part of the Finger Lakes Radio Group.
Paul Szmal will talk with Kalter about his time at Hobart and with David Letterman, Saturday morning on "Szmal Talk" just after 10am. "Szmal Talk" with Paul Szmal and Joe Salzone airs each Saturday morning from 9 to 11am.
Alan Kalter talks with Paul Szmal about his time at Hobart College. After taping the program Kalter told stories about working at WGVA to Paul and Finger Lakes News Radio News Director Joe Nittler. Photos by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio.
Alan Kalter is an American television announcer from New York City. He is best known as the announcer for the Late Show with David Letterman since September 5, 1995.
Kalter, nicknamed "Big Red" and "TV's Uncle Jerry", began his stint as the "voice" of the Late Show with David Letterman on September 5, 1995. He announces the guests at the top of each show and the one-liner during the Worldwide Pants title card after the credits and regularly acts in comedic sketches.
Kalter has done hundreds of voiceovers for national radio and television commercials and was also the lead continuity voice for the USA Network throughout much of the 1980s (his voice can still be heard on USA when the disclaimer before infomercials is read). He voiced promos for SportsChannel America in the early 1990s.
Previously, he was the announcer for many New York-based television shows, including To Tell the Truth, The $10,000 Pyramid, The Money Maze, and The $128,000 Question. All of those series (except The Money Maze) were taped at some point in the Ed Sullivan Theater, where the Late Show is now produced. Additionally, episodes of Truth announced by Kalter were taped in NBC Studio 6A, where Letterman later originated Late Night. Kalter also replaced Bill Wendell as announcer on both Truth and the Late Show. Kalter also was the announcer for the most recent Grammy Awards ceremony to be held in New York (in 2003).