Kay won the 2015 New York Emmy Award as the best play-by-play announcer for his work on YES' Yankees telecasts, beating out a very stiff field of competitors. In total, Kay has earned 31 Emmy nominations and eight Emmy wins while at YES. He also won CableFAX Program Awards in 2011 and 2013 for his hosting duties on CenterStage.
In addition, The Michael Kay Show, a sports talk show heard weekdays on ESPN Radio 98.7 FM in New York which Kay co-hosts with Don LeGreca, has been simulcast live weekday afternoons on YES since February 2014. The influential Radio Ink magazine, which covers the radio industry, named Kay the second-most influential local sports talk show host in America in 2012.
The YES Network, the most-watched regional sports network in the country 12 of the last 13 years, is the exclusive local television home of the 27-time World Champion New York Yankees, the Brooklyn Nets, and MLS' New York City FC. The network has won 95 New York Emmy Awards since its 2002 launch.
In addition to his co-hosting The Michael Kay Show, Kay also handled play-by-play duties for the ESPN Radio Network during the 2013 American League Divisional Series (Tigers-A's) and the 2008 National League Divisional Series (Phillies-Brewers), and has been a frequent contributor to ESPN's Emmy Award-winning Sports Reporters television show airing on Sunday mornings.
Prior to joining the YES Network in 2002, Kay worked at the MSG Network since 1989 as a Yankees reporter. In 1992, he added Knicks locker room reporter to his responsibilities, and continued in that role until the 1998-99 season.
Kay was awarded the Dick Young Award for Excellence in Sports Media by the New York Pro Baseball Scouts in 1995. In 1998, he was on the MSG Network team that won a New York Emmy for "Outstanding Live Sports Coverage - Series." In 1996 and 1997 he was a member of the MSG Network team that won New York Emmys for "Outstanding Live Sports Coverage - Single Program" for Dwight Gooden's no-hitter and "The Battle for New York: Yankees vs. Mets." He was also a part of the Yankees/MSG Network production team that was nominated for New York Emmy Awards for six consecutive years.
In addition to his television work, the Bronx, NY, native worked as Yankees analyst on WABC Radio from 1992 through the 2001 season which concluded with the classic Yankees-Diamondbacks World Series. Kay was a winner of "Best Sports Reporter" honors at the 2000 New York Metro Achievement in Radio Awards. In 1998, Kay also began co-hosting Sports Talk with John Sterling and Michael Kay, a nightly sports radio call-in show which aired on WABC Radio during the winter months.
Shortly after graduating from Fordham University in 1982 with a B.A. in Communications, Kay worked 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 spent two years as the writer covering the New Jersey Nets. In 1987, he moved to baseball at the Post, 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.
In 1989, Kay moved to the New York Daily News, where he was the Yankees beat reporter before taking the job as a Yankees broadcaster on WABC Radio in 1992. With that jump, Kay became the first newspaper reporter in any sport to make the move into the broadcast booth full-time, performing both play-by-play and analysis.
Kay stayed on the radio for 10 years, broadcasting the Yankees' four World Series championships during that time, before moving to the television side to become the lead play-by-play man for YES in 2002.
Kay has been involved in the Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.), a charitable organization whose mission is to provide assistance to members of the baseball community. He co-hosted the 2013 B.A.T. fundraising dinner in New York. Kay also was master of ceremonies at the 2013 Thurman Munson Awards fundraising dinner in New York.
In 2005, he was honored in his home borough of the Bronx, having an honorary street sign in his name erected on the Grand Concourse. Kay is active with the Alzheimer's Association in memory of his mother, Rose, who passed away from the disease in 2006. He has also teamed up with Yankees manager Joe Girardi and Girardi's Catch 25 Foundation to organize annual charity dinners to raise money for Alzheimer's research.
Kay and his wife Jodi Applegate have a daughter, Caledonia Rose Kay, born in January 2013, and a son, Charles Applegate Kay, born in November 2014.< return to announcers homepage