You might know Dan Kamal’s voice even if you aren’t a local hockey fan.
If you did happen to be a hockey fan during the Atlanta Thrashers’ run from 1999 to 2011 (or that of the minor-league Atlanta Knights from 1994 to 1996), then Dan’s creative – and at times euphoric — calls on 900 regular season games most certainly are familiar to you and might even have left you with some fond memories.
Since Aug. 29, Dan has hosted The Sports Insider produced by Lenz and presented by PT Solutions on 92.9 The Game, Atlanta’s biggest sports talk station. Each Saturday morning, Dan brings out the best in the show’s guests, providing listeners insights into the latest happenings of local and national interest in the sports world.
“Dan Kamal is a pro’s pro when it comes to radio,” said Lenz CEO Richard Lenz. “We’re thrilled to have him as part of our new venture. With PT Solutions, 92.9 The Game and Dan, we have a great team to make The Sports Insider a huge success.”
Dan said he has tried to build a broadcast career based on energy and an entertaining style. In the case of The Sports Insider, he said his goal is to be thought-provoking, insightful and at times humorous.
“The thing I would probably be the most grateful for in my career is the opportunities I’ve had and the responses I’ve gotten from viewers or fans in general,” Dan said. “I feel like I’ve always worked for them, not so much for me, and the feedback has been very gratifying. I’m hoping to perpetuate that with this opportunity.”
Dan is a radio professional with more than 30 years’ experience who has made metro Atlanta his home for more than 20 years. Along the way, he has worked for WGST as part of its coverage of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, PGA Tour Radio, as a studio host for the Atlanta Falcons Radio Network, as a freelance reporter for the CNN Radio Network, as a fill-in anchor for CNN’s Headline Sports and as a studio analyst for Fox Sports Ohio’s television broadcasts.
For the past three-and-a-half years, Dan has taken on a more behind-the-scenes role in the media business. Mondays through Fridays, he works as a freelance writer, producer and editor for CNN and for CNN International’s World Sport. In that role, he has written copy for CNN anchors across virtually all news programming on the network, including for Carol Costello and Wolf Blitzer. It also means he has learned a view of sports that is more global — in every sense of the word.
“I’ve written top stories,” Dan said, “breaking news.”
An Alpharetta resident, Dan is married with two adult children. His wife Dot is a school nurse. His daughter Deanna works for an architectural firm in Nashville and his son Chris, a former Division I hockey player, was recently hired as director of hockey operations and an assistant coach for the University of Alaska-Anchorage, Chris’ alma mater.