Kolbe has been a member of the Capitals' broadcast team since 1995. He picked up broadcasting as a freshman at Michigan State, and after he returned from college, he got his big break in the radio booth broadcasting Baltimore Skipjacks games. When he started with the Capitals, he worked as the color guy alongside Ron Weber. "I learned from one of the best," Kolbe said. After Weber, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010, retired in 1997, Kolbe took over as the play-by-play announcer.