290: What It’s Like Being the Play-by-Play Announcer for the NY Yankees w/ Michael Kay, YES Network [Main T4C episode]
Michael Kay is the Emmy Award-winning Yankees play-by-play announcer for the YES Network who also hosts the YES network's CenterStage series. The 2019 season was his 28th year broadcasting Yankees baseball: the first 10 years on radio, the latter 18 on YES. Michael won the 2015 New York Emmy Award..
“If you’re going to get into this business, you really have to have thick skin because there are a lot of people that are aiming for your job that will do anything to get your job.”
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“When you’re on the radio, make believe you’re talking to your mom, and if you just talk to her, then everybody that’s listening will be thinking that you’re talking to them.”
“By the time I get the Yankee radio job, I was stiff, I was nervous. The play-by-play was very tough, and people were writing letters to the radio station about how bad I was, and you really start to doubt yourself.”