“Please stand as the Baylor CD player plays our national anthem.”
That cleverly honest public address announcement will be remembered by multitudes of Baylor athletes and fans as signaling the beginning of a Red Raider sporting event. It has been delivered for nearly 50 years by Dr. Dan Kennedy.
While there have been numerous changes across the Baylor campus over the years, there has been a singular individual in the background that can honestly be called the true VOICE of Baylor athletics – Dan Kennedy. Kennedy has manned the PA microphone in Duke Arena, the home of Baylor basketball, for 49 seasons; has been the field announcer at Heywood Stadium’s Red Etter Field, the home of Baylor football, for 41 years; and has kept fans informed from the Baylor softball press box for almost three decades.
Though officially retiring from the Baylor faculty in 2019, ending a distinguished 46-year teaching career, Kennedy continues to serve in his role as the “Voice of the Red Raiders” as well as being an avid fan of all Raider teams. He is often seen in attendance at away games, including Spring Fling softball tournaments, enjoying the success of his former students.
As a world class math instructor and a beloved dorm parent, Kennedy’s love, interest, and investment in the Baylor community extends far beyond the classroom, dormitory halls, and athletic venues. Baylor athletes, many of whom he joins in the Baylor Sports Hall of Fame today and perhaps many more to come, will have memories of Kennedy calling their name and will fondly recall his many invaluable contributions to the Baylor spirit.