One of the most distinctive television voices of the past half century has passed away. Alan Kalter was best known for his 20-year stint as the announcer of the Late Show with David Letterman on CBS. Kalter died on Monday. He was 78 years old.
Kalter joined the Last show in 1995 and remained with the program until Letterman retired late at night in the spring of 2015. Prior to his stint with Letterman, Kalter was the game show announcer as The $ 25,000 pyramid and The $ 128,000 question. Her voice has also been a staple in hundreds of TV and radio commercials over the years.
Here is David Letterman’s statement to the news:
When our 15-year-old announcer Bill Wendell retired, producer Robert Morton came into my office with an audio cassette containing auditions for several advertisers. Alan’s was the first and only voice we heard. We knew it would be our choice. Either way, we’ve always had the best announcer on TV. Wonderful voice and eagerness to play a wacky character of himself. Did I mention he can sing? Yes he could. He did everything with enthusiasm. A very sad day, but a lot of good memories.
Numerous Last show staff members became recurring comedic characters on the show, and Alan Kalter was no different. Among his frequent skits was “Alan Kalter’s Celebrity Interview,” which mainly involved Kalter getting angry with Dave because his show’s guest had invariably been selected by Letterman to interview them first. This compilation of segments is absolutely hilarious. Make sure to watch the one with Clint Eastwood.
Kalter has always been good at this kind of role. In “Where is all this Alan Kalter going?” Dave is trying to present a new segment featuring the announcer, and he is not happy about it.
Kalter also made other sketches. This is how he celebrated the 5,000th episode of the Last show – or he used as an excuse to sing and dance on television:
Kalter may be gone, but he’s yelling “Bite my junk suckrod!” to David Letterman because he fired him from an interview with Clint Eastwood Will Be With Us Forever. Thanks Alain.