As the Play-by-Play Announcer for the YES Network and WWOR MY 9, Michael Kay immerses himself in all things New York in order to provide his listeners and viewers with original opinions and the most exclusive, up-to-the-minute Yankees information. Additionally, Kay is the Host of YES' CenterStage, an interview show with superstars of sports and entertainment, and hosts his own radio talk show on ESPN 1050 AM in New York.
Before joining the YES Network, Kay worked at the MSG Network since 1989 as a Yankees reporter. In 1992, he added the assignment of Knicks locker room reporter to his responsibilities, and continued in that role until the 1998-99 season.
In addition to his television work, the Bronx, NY native also worked as Yankees analyst on WABC Radio since 1992. Kay was a winner with Bob Goldscholl (WBBR) for "Best Sports Reporter" at the 2000 New York Metro Achievement in Radio Awards. After the Yankees World Series victories in 1996, 1998, and 2000, Kay and radio partner John Sterling were asked by New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to host the post parade victory celebration at City Hall.
In 1998, Kay also began co-hosting "Sports Talk with John Sterling and Michael Kay", a MSG produced nightly sports radio call-in show which aired on WABC Radio during the winter months. During the baseball season, Kay and Sterling hosted "Yankee Talk" which aired 90 minutes prior to all weekend Yankees games.
Shortly after graduating from Fordham University in 1982 with a B.A. in Communications, Kay became one of the hot sports reporters in New York City with a style that combined great reporting skills with quality writing. While at Fordham, he honed his skills working for the school newspaper and radio station, working at SportsPhone and as the public address announcer for the New York Pro Summer Basketball League.
In 1982, Kay landed the job as general assignment writer for the New York Post. Two years later he began covering College Basketball (1984-85) and then the New Jersey Nets, who he covered for two seasons before becoming the newspaper's general basketball writer. In 1987, he was moved to baseball, serving as the Yankees "beat reporter". While he was in that position, he got his first television job with MSG Network as host of the "Hot Stove League" segment of MSG's "SportsNight".
Kay moved from the Post to the New York Daily News in 1989, still covering the Yankees, and served in that capacity until 1992. In October 1991, he broke the story of Buck Showalter's hiring for the News. Four years later for MSG, Kay tracked Yankees managerial contract developments from the time Showalter started talking about returning to his eventual signing with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Kay hosted a sports talk show for WABC Radio from 1992-93. He rejoined the Daily News to pen "The Kay Korner" in 1993.
Kay was given the Dick Young award for Excellence in Sports Media by the New York Pro Baseball Scouts in 1995. He was also a part of the Yankees/MSG Production team that was nominated for New York Emmy Awards for six consecutive years. In 1998, he was on the MSG team that won for "Outstanding Live Sports CoverageSeries". In 1996 and 1997 he was a member of the MSG team that won New York Emmys for "Outstanding Live Sports CoverageSingle Program" for Dwight Gooden's no-hitter and "The Battle for New York: Yankees vs. Mets". Kay is married and resides in Hartsdale, N.Y.
Paul O'Neill returns for a fourth consecutive season in broadcast television in 2005, serving as a Pre and Post-Game Analyst for the YES Network. The gritty and revered five-time All-Star outfielder played 17-years in the Major Leagues, spending his final nine seasons in pinstripes. O'Neill was a pillar in the Yankees' run to four world championships, his passionate play embodying a team-first formula that lead to unequaled success.
Affectionately known as a warrior to most Yankee followers, O'Neill began his Major League career in 1985 with the Cincinnati Reds, earning the first of his five World Series championships in 1990. He joined the Yankees in 1993 after eight seasons with the Reds, and in 1994 claimed the American League batting title with a .359 average.
In 2001 -- at the age of 38 -- O'Neill became the oldest player in Major League history to steal 20 bases and hit 20 home runs in the same season. He lives in his native Cincinnati with his wife Nevalee and their three children: Andrew, Aaron and Alexandra.
YES Network's game analyst Ken Singleton had a 15-year Major League Baseball career as an outfielder and designated hitter. Known on the diamond as a consistent power hitter, Singleton has proven to be equally as reliable since joining the radio and television broadcast booths.
Previously, Singleton divided his time calling play-by-play and providing commentary at the MSG Network. In 1998, he was part of MSG's production team that won four New York Emmys for its Yankees coverage.
Singleton joined MSG Network in 1997 from the Sports Network (TSN), where he served as analyst for the Montreal Expos from 1985 to 1996. From 1991-96, he also called play-by-play and served as analyst for CIQC Radio, the Expos' flagship radio network. In 1996 and 1997, he was named by FOX Sports as a lead analyst for Saturday afternoon baseball broadcasts. In 1997 and 1998, he worked as an analyst for Major League Baseball International.
Singleton, a native New Yorker, played both baseball and basketball in high school, and also played baseball in the Bronx Federation League at McCombs Dam Park right across from Yankee Stadium. After getting a scholarship to play basketball at Hofstra University, and playing both sports for one year, Singleton was drafted by the Mets.
In April 1972, he was traded to the Expos with Mike Jorgenson, and Tim Foli for Rusty Staub. It was in Montreal that Singleton had his first of many productive seasons, hitting 23 home runs with 103 RBI (5th in the NL), 100 runs, 123 walks (one behind the league leader), and a .302 batting average. In 1974 he was traded to the Orioles with Mike Torrez for Dave McNally and two others.
Singleton is one of only six players in Major League Baseball history to hit 35 or more switch-hit homers in a season. He also ranks among the all-time leaders in most Baltimore offensive categories, including homers, RBI, and total bases. During his career, Singleton was named to the American League All- Star Team in 1977, '79, and '81. He was named Most Valuable Oriole in 1975, '77, and '79.
He retired after the 1984 season as a three-time All-Star with a 1983 World Championship ring.
Singleton, who enjoys golf and reading historical novels, lives with his wife Suzanne in Sparks, Md. He has three sons and a daughter.
"Yankees win! Theeeeeee Yankees win!"
If anything has become synonymous with the Yankees' run of success over recent years, it is John Sterling's memorable conclusion to so many Yankee victories. And as the radio voice to 162 games a year, plus pre-season and post-season, he has called more than 2400 games over the last 16 seasons, without missing a one, making him one of the most recognizedand imitated voicesin all of New York sports.
Sterling joined the Yankees broadcast team in 1989 from Atlanta's TBS and WSB Radio, where he called Hawks basketball (1981-89) and Braves games (1982-87). But it was really a return to the town where he first achieved fame, hosting a talk show on WMCA from 1971-78, and calling the Nets (1975-80, and as a fill-in, in 1997) and Islanders (1975-78) for WMCA, WVNJ, WOR-TV and SportsChannel.
Sterling has also broadcast Morgan State Football (8 years), and did Washington Bullets basketball in 1981. In addition to his seven years at WMCA and a year at WSB in Atlanta, he has also hosted talk shows on WFAN, and WABC in New York. He has not missed a broadcast since the fall of '81.
As the host of the YES Network's acclaimed "Yankeeography" series, Sterling won two Emmy awards in 2003. He has also been honored by the New Jersey Sportswriters Association with its Radio-TV Excellence award (1999), and was the winner of the 2001 Whitney Radio Jimmy Cannon Award. In addition, his call of a Jason Giambi home run on WCBS radio in 2002 was voted the "best baseball call" of the year in a poll conducted by MLB.com. In 2002, Sterling was also honored by the NY Air Awards for being part of the best play-by-play team on radio.
When he's not in the booth, Sterling also serves as a master of ceremonies on the field for major Yankee events. He is also well known for his MC work at City Hall, with his longtime radio partner Michael Kay, at "Key to the City" ceremonies following Yankee World Series victories.
Sterling enjoys attending Broadway shows and boasts an extensive knowledge of the lyrics to many American pop standards. For the past eight years, he has been a spokesman for the Leukemia Society of America. He enjoys reading, movies and swimming. He lives in Bergen County, N.J., and is the proud father of four children: daughter Abigail and triplets, Veronica, Bradford and Derek.
An award winning journalist, Suzyn Waldman joins John Sterling in the radio booth as the Yankees' color commentator on WCBS-AM radio in 2005, becoming the first woman to hold a full-time position as a Major League broadcaster. Waldman has spent the greater part of two decades overcoming all the obstacles that go along with being a female sports broadcaster, and has risen to the top
of her profession.
In l987, Waldman became the first female voice heard on WFAN, the first All-Sports Radio station in the country, and was a mainstay on that station for almost 15 years, creating the job of the radio beat reporter, covering both the New York Yankees and New York Knicks. Her news-breaking reports, exclusive interviews and always original and controversial opinions won her countless journalism awards. Among her accolades include: the International Radio Award for her live and emotional reporting from the upper deck of Candlestick Park during the 1989 San Francisco earthquake, the l996 NY Sportscaster of the Year, by The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters the American Women in Radio and TV's Star Award for Radio in l999. Waldman became a popular talk show host at WFAN and co-hosted the coveted mid-day slot until leaving WFAN to join the YES Network.
The word "first" invariably precedes the name of Suzyn Waldman in every facet of her television and radio career. The first woman to work on a nationally televised baseball broadcast, Waldman added another first, being the first woman to provide play-by-play for a Major League team, when she started broadcasting New York Yankees games for WPIX, MSG Network and WNYW/FOX5 in the mid 90s. The first and only woman ever to host an NBA pre- and post-game show, working in that capacity for the NY Knicks on WFAN, Waldman provided play-by-play for the WNBA on Lifetime TV and was an analyst on St. John's Basketball games for MSG and WFAN.
She has been honored by countless organizations, including the Thurman Munson Foundation, the March of Dimes, the B'nai B'rith, the Jimmy Fund of Boston, the NY Baseball Scouts and the US Federal Women's Program for her contributions as a role model and a pioneer in women's sportscasting. She is a tireless motivational speaker at schools and cancer centers around the country, encouraging young women to pursue their dreams despite any pitfalls they may encounter.
Waldman's life and struggles have been the subject of hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles, and chapters in books, including the "MacMillan Book of Baseball Stories," "You Go Girl" and "That's Outside My Boat" both by Charlie Jones and Kim Doran. She has been profiled on the Today Show, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, ABC's 20/20 and NBC's Dateline.
A native Bostonian, with a degree in Economics from Boston's prestigious Simmons College, Suzyn spent 15 years on the Broadway Musical Stage, and is proudest of her two years starring opposite Richard Kiley in "Man of La Mancha." She now lives in Westchester with her German Shephards, Kiley and A.J.
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