Albahrani chasing Komets legendary announcer Bob Chase in booth

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He’s the chaser for Bob Chase. 

“I don’t call myself the ‘Voice of the Komets,'” he said. “To me, I’m still that little kid. It’s always going to be Bob. I’m just the one sitting in his seat.”

Fort Wayne native Shane Albahrani is in his second full year in the booth calling Komets games for WOWO Radio. 

Chase spent 63 straight years behind the microphone – including all seven of the championship runs in the Summit city. Albahrani has spent two decades working for the Komets in some capacity and recently split time with Chase in the booth. 

“When I was 9-years-old I started to coming to Komets game regularly and that’s when I fell in love with Bob Chase,” Albahrani said. “My goal was to follow Bob Chase one day and that’s what I did.”

The graduate of Northrop High School is crafting his own style – and that’s thanks in large part to the mentorship of Chase. 

Bob has his own bobblehead, banner in Memorial Coliseum and of course booth, but his best advice to Albahrani is just to be yourself. 

“He said don’t worry about being me or anybody else,” he recalled. “That’s the way Bob was. If you go back and listen to Bob, he didn’t sound like anybody else and that was my goal.”

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