Yes Network Makes It Official: Michael Kay Simulcast To Launch Feb. 3rd
January 23, 2014 at 12:08 PM (PT)
The NEW YORK YANKEES' YES NETWORK cable channel has made the news official that it will simulcast ESPN RADIO Sports WEPN-A (ESPN NEW YORK 98.7 FM)/NEW YORK's MICHAEL KAY SHOW 3-7p (ET) starting FEBRUARY 3rd. KAY's addition was immediately speculated upon when news leaked out that YES had decided to drop its simulcast of crosstown CBS RADIO Sports WFAN-A-F's MIKE FRANCESA SHOW (NET NEWS 12/16/13). KAY is the television voice of the YANKEES on YES, which is seen on cable and satellite nationally as well as in the NEW YORK market.
YES Pres./Production and Programming JOHN J. FILLIPELLI said that KAY "is a NEW YORK sports institution, having covered the NEW YORK sports scene for more than 30 years. MICHAEL personifies the NEW YORK sports scene. He boasts a constant stream of A-list guests, and gives passionate NEW YORK sports fans a platform to exchange their views. MICHAEL fits in perfectly with our programming lineup."
On FRANCESA's departure, FILLIPELLI added, "We also thank MIKE FRANCESA for his 12-year partnership with YES. MIKE – along with CHRIS RUSSO when they co-hosted our simulcast for the first six years – played an important role in the launch and growth of YES. We wish him all the best.”
ESPN SVP/Production Business Divisions TRAUG KELLER said, “The team of MICHAEL KAY and DON LAGRECA has been a staple of ESPN NEW YORK since 2002. We are pleased to work with YES to increase the show’s exposure, allowing NEW YORK sports fans another outlet to enjoy compelling content.”
KAY said, “I'm really happy DON and I are going to be simulcast on YES. We have a great time doing the ESPN RADIO show and that will come through even more with the visual aspect. While it is still predominantly a radio show, I don't think you should ignore the camera in the room and we are going to have fun with that. The national reach of YES is going to allow even more people access. And the people at YES, where I have worked since the onset, do everything first-class so I'm sure the show is going to be presented in a great manner. I can't wait."