Michigan Radio Voice Says Bo Schembechler’s Allegations Will Affect Donations
On Tuesday, Michael Kay added another new job to his list of many jobs. Not only is he the voice of the New York Yankees on YES and a host of The Michael Kay Show on 98.7 ESPN Radio in New York, he is now an author. His book, CenterStage: My Most Fascinating Interviews – From A-Rod to Jay-Z was posted this week, recapping all the memorable interviews he did on the YES network Center stage since its first broadcast in 2002.
Kay was recently the guest of Sports media with Richard Deitsch podcast to talk about the book among other topics. Hosting a big sports market comes with a lot of criticism and for Kay it’s not easy for him to deal with and sometimes he wants to fight back but knows he can’t.
“I am incredibly thin. There are parts of me that when someone says something mean about me in the newspaper that I find unfair, my first tendency is to hit them back. But, my bosses in both places say “that doesn’t help”. It is not productive. I think it is.
“People who criticize people don’t like to be criticized. My skin is so thin that it is translucent. If I miss a call and you say wow, Michael missed a call. Bring it, I deserve it. When you say stuff like I do stuff or something that rubs you the wrong way, it bothers me. I don’t understand the meanness of this.
Kay went into details with Deitsch about his radio show five years ago about New York Post columnist Phil Mushnick for a review Mushnick had about him.
“I went on the radio like crazy. About 21 minutes of madness on my part. I’m going to take a break and my phone rings and it’s [Mike] Lupica. He’s leaving, are you happy? I’m going, yeah. He’s going, ok, he’s not going to let you down for 5 years. He’s okay, what you just did made you feel great for 20 minutes and now you’ve been in his sights for 5 years so be prepared.
Whenever Kay plays play-by-play for a Yankees game or hosts a radio show, the key for him is honesty with the viewer or listener. He doesn’t think there is anyone more critical of the team they are broadcasting than him and he thanks the Yankees for allowing him to do so.
“The reason I can do this is that the Yankees never say a word because they realize the value of honesty. If you tell people the food stinks, then they’ll believe you when they tell you the food is great. There are so many people across the country constantly blowing smoke and I guess that’s what the fans want. I don’t think it would play out in New York. I think honesty plays out in New York.