The 2019 season marks Todd Kalas' third as the Astros play-by-play voice on television. Kalas, who is the son of Hall of Famer and former Astros broadcaster Harry Kalas, has 27 seasons of experience as a broadcaster in professional baseball.
Prior to joining the Astros in 2017, Todd spent the last 19 seasons (1998-2016) as part of the Tampa Bay Rays TV broadcast team. While his primary duties for the Rays were as pre- and postgame host and in-game reporter, Todd also handled play-by-play duties for hundreds of Rays games on both television and radio during his time there. Known for his distinctive voice and personality, Todd grew to be a popular figure with Rays fans as a result of his work on the broadcasts and was a two-time Suncoast Emmy award winner. Prior to joining the Rays, Todd also worked with the New York Mets radio (1992-93) and Philadelphia Phillies television (1994-96) broadcast teams.
A native Houstonian, Todd was born at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston while his father, Harry, served as an Astros broadcaster from 1965-70. Harry would later call Phillies games from 1971-2009 en route to a Hall of Fame career. When the Phillies and Rays met in the 2008 World Series, Todd and his father called an inning together on radio during Game One of the Fall Classic. Todd graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University, and began his baseball career with the Louisville Redbirds in 1991. In the offseason, he handled college football, basketball and baseball play-by-play as well as being a studio host for NHL and NBA teams. Kalas and his wife, Michele, reside in Houston.