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Airshow Announcer Herb Hunter

Herb Hunter, Air Show AnnouncerAirshow fans who have attended Midwest Airshows have learned to appreciate announcer Herb Hunter as probably the smoothest "microphone jockey" in the business. To those hearing Herb for the first time, his quintessential ability to keep an audience informed and entertained at the same time will be obvious from word one. Millions know him as "the voice" of the Chicago Air and Water Show that dazzles hundreds of thousands every year along the lakefront.  He has become a household name among Chicago fans and the air show industry nationwide. And his reputation as a consummate professional who talks the talk and walks the walk continues to grow today.

Watching Herb in action on the announcer's stand, it becomes obvious that reading notes while performers dazzle spellbound fans zooming through the sky is only part of what makes Herb's announcing so impressive.

Calling on his extensive experience as a professional pilot, Herb maintains constant contact with airshow officials and the airboss to ensure maximum safety for all.  If the wind is a problem, when a regularly scheduled airline flight must land or depart, when other minor glitches occur, Herb's mission is to maintain the pace of his informative patter on the microphone while unexpected developments are resolved behind the scenes. And he does it so well that most of the time, the rhythm of a well-coordinated air show never skips a beat.

Herb Hunter and ElvisAs a member of the Illinois Air National Guard, based in the Windy City, Herb logged more than 5,000 hours in Boeing KC-135s alone. Today, as a Boeing 747-400 pilot for a major US airline, he has logged more than 18,000 hours in the air, mostly in Boeing aircraft. Yet, surprisingly, the veteran pilot does not fly small general aviation or air show airplanes. "I fly airplanes for money. I play golf for fun," he says with a wink in his eye.

As a veteran of many years behind the microphone, Herb Hunter knows air show "top dogs" and "rising stars" the way most people know their neighbors next door. That easy repartee gives the pilots and stunt teams additional confidence when their performances begin. They know the announcer is not going to make them look bad because he doesn't know their stories. That makes for not only better performances; it makes for happier performers, sponsors and happier fans.

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Narration & Sound Services

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Capt. Herb Hunter

Herb Hunter was born in Seymour, Indiana.  Raised by his grand mother, he was a very bashful young man.  He came into his own while attending Olivet Nazarene University from 1967 to 1971.  He paid his way through school singing gospel music. 

 

Commissioned in the US Air Force in 1971 and attended Officer Training School in San Antonio, Texas.  He continued to pilot training at Vance AFB, OK, graduating in November, 1972.  Hunter flew the KC-135 at Grissom AFB, IN from 1973 to 1977, when then Captain Hunter transferred to the Illinois Air National Guard. 

 

He was hired by United Airlines in December 1978.  He was furloughed for almost 4 years beginning in January 1981.  During this time, he served full time with the Illinois Air National Guard as an AGR (Active Guard Reserve) pilot and serving as chief of scheduling and check airman.  It was during this time that Herb became involved with the Chicago Air & Water Show.

 

Captain Hunter flew the KC-135 in the Chicago Air & Water Show in 1979 and 1980.  Then in 1981 and 1982 he acted as Supervisor of Flying “at the beach” for the Show.  He announced the 9 minute routine for the KC-135 and the 183rd Tactical Fighter Wing for 5 years. 

 

It was in 1988 that Herb first became the house announcer the Chicago Air & Water Show.  This will be his 20th consecutive year to have this honor.

 

Herb has 3 children from a previous marriage and has been married to Faruza Kalaba since 1982.  She is a retired Senior Master Sergeant and former In-flight Refueler with the Illinois Air Guard.  They lost their oldest son in 2003.  They now reside in Ormond Beach, Florida.

 

Herb has flown more than 17,000 flight hours, to include over 5000 in the KC-135.  He has flown as Captain for United Airlines in the B-737, 757, 767, 777 & 747.  He is currently a B-747-400 Captain flying internationally. 

 

He retired from the Illinois Air National Guard in 1992 as a LtCol and a veteran of combat operations in the South East Asia, Vietnam and in Operation Desert Storm.

 

Herb Hunter keeping the spectators fully informed at the Gary Indiana South Shore Airshow.