In a few months, the curtain will close on Dan Kennedy’s 46 years of service in the classroom at Baylor. Yet Kennedy will remain a mainstay on a different Baylor stage, carrying on his title as “the Voice of the Red Raiders” in basketball, softball, and football after an invitation by Baylor to continue his contributions behind the mic as the public address announcer.
For the past 45 seasons of basketball and the past 37 of football, Kennedy’s voice has guided Baylor through historic records and star players, and while his classroom role will finish, his reign behind the microphone will not be ending anytime soon.
Kennedy has always worn many hats around Baylor: professor, dorm parent, math department chair, Calculus development committee chair, a Cartter Lupton Distinguished Professor designation, and, most of all, a familiar and friendly face around campus. But his role as an announcer has always been a meaningful one. He told the Chattanoogan, “You can become a better teacher if you become involved in other aspects of the stu-dent’s lives.”
Kennedy began behind the mic to be a better teacher and watch the teams, but it is now the games that will keep him connected to the spirit of Baylor and will extend his nearly half-century of serving Baylor students. His new role, exclusively as the Voice of the Red Raiders, serves to celebrate his love for Baylor, sports, and, mostly, the students.