Michael Kay is an American sports broadcaster who is the television play-by-play broadcaster of the New York Yankees and host of CenterStage on the YES Network.
From 1992 until 2001, Kay and Sterling worked together as the team’s radio announcers on WABC.
In 1998, Kay and Sterling collaborated on a nightly radio show called Sports Talk with John Sterling and Michael Kay, which aired on WABC.
The duo broadcast Yankee Talk, a weekend pre-game radio show, throughout the baseball season. Kay had his own show on WABC from 1992 to 1993.
Kay worked as a spot reporter on ABC Radio during that time, doing off-season broadcasts with Sterling and filling in as a sports reporter on WABC-TV.
Kay was picked to conduct a daily radio show on the newly renamed “1050 ESPN Radio” when ESPN Radio began leasing (and subsequently acquiring) WEVD radio in 2001.
In 2002, when WCBS bought the radio rights to the Yankees broadcasts, Kay moved to the newly launched YES Network on television, while Sterling stayed on the radio.
Since then, Kay has been the Yankees’ primary television play-by-play commentator.
On YES, Kay has collaborated with a number of different people, frequently with three or four different people in the same season.
Ken Singleton, David Cone, Al Leiter, Paul O’Neill, Jim Kaat, John Flaherty, Joe Girardi, Lou Piniella, and Bobby Murcer are among the former professional players.
Kay works for the YES Network and local television affiliates such as Pix 11 in New York City, where she calls about 125 games per year.