Who Are the Yankees TV Announcers?

If you’re a Yankees fan, you probably know the names of the team’s broadcasters. But have you ever wondered who they are and how they got their start in the business?

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the careers of the Yankees’ current TV announcers, Michael Kay and Ken Singleton. We’ll also explore the history of Yankees broadcasting, from Mel Allen to current play-by-play voice Paul O’Neill.

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Introduction

In 1996, the New York Yankees television broadcasts moved from SportsChannel New York to the MSG Network. On September 21, 2014, the broadcasts moved again, this time to the YES Network. The current primary announcers are Michael Kay and Paul O’Neill, with Ken Singleton and Ryan Ruocco serving as primary substitutes.

Michael Kay

Michael Kay is the primary television play-by-play announcer for the New York Yankees. He also serves as a host on ESPN radio’s “The Michael Kay Show.” Kay has been with the Yankees since 1989, and he has called five World Series for the team.

Kay began his broadcasting career as a sports anchor at WCBS Radio in New York City. He then worked as a television play-by-play announcer for the Connecticut Huskies and the New Jersey Nets before joining the Yankees.

In addition to his work with the Yankees, Kay has also called games for Major League Baseball on ESPN and Fox Sports. He has also served as a play-by-play announcer for college basketball games on ESPN and CBS Sports.

Ken Singleton

The former New York Yankees outfielder is in his 37th season as a broadcaster for the Bombers. He began his career as a color analyst on Yankees radio broadcasts in 1989 before moving to television the following year. Singleton has been working alongside play-by-play announcer Michael Kay since 1997.

Born and raised in New York, Singleton played for the Yankees from 1974 to 1984. He was a three-time All-Star and finished his career with 1,611 hits, Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra once called him “the best all-around hitter I ever saw.”

After retiring from baseball, Singleton worked as a broadcaster for the Montreal Expos and Baltimore Orioles before returning to the Yankees in 1997. He’s won four Emmy Awards for his work on YES Network’s broadcast of Yankees games.

Paul O’Neill

Paul O’Neill currently serves as a color analyst for the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network (YES Network). O’Neill also does color commentary for select MLB games on Fox. He played for the Cincinnati Reds (1985-1992) and the New York Yankees (1993-2001), winning five World Series titles with the latter.

John Sterling

John Sterling is the Yankees’ long-time radio play-by-play announcer, having called every game since 1989. His voice is synonymous with Yankee baseball, and he is one of the most recognizable announcers in the game. Sterling is known for his signature home run calls, which often include player nicknames or catchphrases. He has been named New York’s Sportscaster of the Year five times by the American Sportscasters Association.

Suzyn Waldman

Suzyn Waldman has been the radio voice of the New York Yankees since 2005, and she is also a color commentator on the Yankees’ television broadcasts. Prior to joining the Yankees, she was a sports radio host in Boston and New York.

Waldman is a graduate of Boston University and began her broadcasting career as a general assignment reporter for WFAN-AM in New York. She later became the station’s first female sports talk show host. In 1998, she won a New York Emmy Award for her work on the MSG Network’s “Yankeeography” series.

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