A familiar sound to University of Nevada-Las Vegas fans of all ages, Dick Calvert, the “Voice of the Rebels,” is in his fifth decade as the game announcer for UNLV athletics.
The former play-by-play broadcaster is also one of the most experienced commentators of American professional soccer, having served 18 seasons in both the North American and Major Indoor Soccer Leagues. In fact, Calvert was the broadcaster for the Tacoma Stars of the MISL from 1985 through the 1988 season. He also had the privilege of working in three World Cups.
Calvert, who calls UNLV football, basketball, men’s & women’s soccer, baseball games and other events at Sam Boyd Stadium, Thomas & Mack Center, Cox Pavilion, Peter Johann Memorial Field and Earl E. Wilson Stadium, has also served as the game announcer for the MWC basketball tournament, the WCC basketball tournament, the WAC Basketball Tournament, the PAC12 Basketball Tournament the Las Vegas Bowl, the NBA Vegas Summer League, the FIBA Americas tournament and the USA Basketball Senior Men’s National Team.
Additionally, the longtime university staffer works many MWC Championships hosted by UNLV and is the official starter for a number of university and NCAA golf tournaments. Calvert annually works more than 150 local events. He was inducted into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.
Born on May 19, 1936, the Las Vegas resident retired from broadcasting and the UNLV Athletics Department after serving as the director of broadcasting, director of athletic marketing for Olympic sports and director of athletic facilities/operations. However, he is still employed by the University as the athletics department announcer as of 2014. Calvert and his wife Anne have four adult children, 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.