After nearly 40 years in sports, Rudy became the co-anchor of Channel 4 News Today in November 2014 for two years. Previously he was sports director at the station and had been a sports reporter and anchor at the station since August 1974. Rudy retired in 2017.
At Channel 4, Rudy Kalis won four Local Emmys for outstanding Sportscast and Commentary. He won a National Iris Award for outstanding locally produced documentary and he has been voted the Outstanding TV Sportscaster in Nashville more than 20 times by various local publications. He has also won the AP award for the Outstanding Sportscast in Tennessee 12 times.
Rudy currently reports for a franchise designed for him, "Real People with Rudy," each week. Even after moving to the news desk, he has continued to take part in Friday night high school football by flying in Air 4 to games across Middle Tennessee.
Growing up in Milwaukee, WI, Rudy spent four years in the U.S. Air Force as a military policeman and then graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in Broadcasting. He came to Nashville after spending two years at WFRV-TV in Green Bay, WI. In 2011, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Metro Football Coaches Association. In November 2013, he was inducted into the Nashville Speedway Hall of Fame.
Rudy’s hobbies include golfing, playing basketball and working outdoors. He is on the board of directors for the Jason Foundation to Prevent Teen Suicide. He also hosts a tournament for ALS and works with the American Lung Association and Character Counts.
Rudy is married to Leigh and has two daughters, Leah and Jennifer, and two grandsons.
Rudy is going to spend his retirement traveling to see his grandsons. He will also still be involved in special projects, such as the Olympics, at the station.
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