It seems like at some point in their career, each sportscaster or radio host who will ever be anyone comes through the Big Apple. To get noticed in a city of eight million, you need to have style. These ten lines by these men exemplify their own personalities and have made them some of the most popular media personalities both in New York City and worldwide. One note: There are a lack of football announcers on this list, due to football's national television tendencies. Without further ado:
Attributed to: Steve Somers, WFAN radio host
I'll be honest; one the only times I ever listen to Steve Somers' talk show on WFAN is during Mets rain delays. However, his interesting delivery and biting sarcasm make him almost as entertaining as the Mets themselves. Nicknamed "The Schmoozer" for his sleepy voice, Somers has been a fixture on WFAN for all 22 years of its existence and has become one of the city's most entertaining radio personalities.
Attributed to: Michael Kay, YES play-by-play announcer
For years, Michael Kay formed a dynamic radio duo with John Sterling. Love them or hate them, the two had great chemistry. Now, Kay is the TV announcer, where he has began to develop his own legacy. Kay doesn't quite have the lovable homerism of Sterling, but his exuberant home run call is one reason why he has become an important part of the YES Network since its inception in 2002.
Attributed to: Len Berman, former WCBS-TV sports anchor
For 27 years, Berman took New York through the day's highlights on the evening news. He has written three books and, throughout his tenure, has been a family-friendly personality. I can remember staying up late as a child to catch the sports cast with my dad. He recently delivered his last cast, and his presence and ability will be greatly missed.
Attributed to: Mike Breen, MSG play-by-play announcer
I won't lie. Breen is one of my favorite announcers in any sport. His energy suits the sport of basketball perfectly and he always follows the action with excellent clarity. For five years he has been the voice of the Knicks and he has also had a great presence around the city. I would put him higher on this list, but his legacy will be as a national announcer rather than a New York sports figure.
Attributed to: Gary Cohen, SNY play-by-play announcer
Cohen has been a jack of all trades around the New York Metropolitan area. In addition to his long tenure with the Mets, Cohen has also broadcast for the Rangers, the St. John's Red Storm, and the Seton Hall Pirates. His bright, fresh voice serves as a perfect compliment to any summer day, and his signature home run call perfectly captures the sheer joy of a home run.
Attributed to: Mike "Doc" Emrick, MSG play-by-play announcer
OK, so every hockey announcer has uttered this phrase at least once in their life, but Emrick does it with particular fervor and enthusiasm, accentuating the O to create a signature call. Emrick takes hockey, a sport I don't like to watch, and makes it exciting and entertaining. His hockey know-how and boundless energy have made him a national announcer and an NYC icon.
Attributed to: John Sterling, WCBS radio play-by-play announcer
Say what you will about John Sterling—he is biased, he occasionally misses the action, and he never admits his mistakes—listening to him utter one of his corny catchphrases is a unique experience. He is one of the most excitable baseball announcers around and has called Yankee games for 20 years without ever missing a game. Though he may not be as talented as some other guys on this list, he has become a central figure in the NYC sports scene.
Attributed to: Walt "Clyde" Frazier, MSG color commentator.
No matter how bad the Knicks get, I will never get tired of listening to Clyde. His fun, improvised rhymes and a vocabulary that "bounds and astounds" makes Clyde almost as good of an announcer as he was a player. For 12 years he has livened up Knicks broadcasts, keeping things fun through thick and thin. Let's just hope that in upcoming years the Knicks are less "lethargic" on defense.
Attributed to: Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, former WFAN talk show host
Though Russo and his partner, Mike Francesa, parted ways in 2008, they were, for almost 20 years, the voices of New York sports. With his signature, heavily-accented voice and his famous tirades, Russo was the more outspoken of the two. The pair ushered in the era of the sports talk radio show and were frequent companions on midday drives throughout their run.
Attributed to: Marv Albert, YES play-by-play announcer
What can be said about Marv that hasn't been said before? He's done play-by-play for the Knicks, Nets, and Rangers (where he often remarked, "Kick save and a beauty!"), and was the studio host during the Mets 1986 World Series win. For 37 years he was the voice of the Knicks, delivering his signature high-energy play calling and trademarked catchphrases. More than anyone else on this list, he has gained a huge national audience, but remains rooted in New York sports. There's no denying it: Marv Albert emanates style like no one else in New York sports community ever has.