Harlan Days is proud to announce that Shane Albahrani will be the Grand Marshal
for this year’s grand parade! He started sharing the microphone on Komets’
broadcasts with the legendary Bob Chase in 2013. Shane took over full time play-by-play
in 2016 after the passing of Bob Chase.
Shane’s mother grew up in Harlan and was a member of the last class to graduate
from Harlan High School in 1965. His grandparents, Bob and Lillian (nee: Lake),
continued to live in Harlan until they passed away in 1998 and 2003 respectively,
so needless to say Shane spent a lot of summer days and weekends hanging out in
Harlan! Both of his grandparents and his sister are buried in the Harlan cemetery.
Shane is a Fort Wayne native. He and his wife, Kathi, have one daughter named
Riley and two dogs named Maisy and Harley. He graduated from both Northrop
High School and IPFW. His 25th high school reunion is coincidently on the same
day he is set to be our Grand Marshal and we are glad he still chose to be part of
the 70th anniversary Harlan Days celebration!
Shane first started calling high school hockey games on public access TV when he
was just seventeen years old, and continued to call games from 1991-2000. His
first job in radio was doing overnights on WFWI in 1995 and then started doing
the video for the Komets in 1997. The upcoming Komets season will be his 20th
year with the team. Shane’s daughter Riley now handles video for the Komets!
He spent three summers in the media department of Major League Baseball from
2008-2010 and continued calling high school football and basketball games for
WFGA and ESPN Radio from 2005-2016.
This year the parade will head south through the Harlan Park, east onto 2nd
Street, south onto School Street, west onto SR 37 through Harlan, and finally will
turn north onto Spencerville Road heading toward the old Harlan Elementary
School. Please come out to the Grand Parade on Saturday, August 5
th at 10:00 AM and wave at Shane as he kicks off the 2017 Harlan Days Parade!
by Sara Pierce