Michael Kay Net Worth 2023, Age, Wife, Children, Height, Family, Parents, Salary

Michael Kay net worth

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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, and the host of The Michael Kay Show heard on WEPN-FM in New York City and simulcast on ESPN Xtra on XM Satellite Radio. He is an avid fan of the Flintstones and The Odd Couple. On July 3, 2019, Kay announced that he would undergo vocal cord surgery, keeping him out of the broadcasting booth from early July until late August. He returned to the booth on August 17 and returned to his radio show on August 26.

Early life

NameMichael Kay
Net Worth$5 million
OccupationSports broadcaster
Age62 years
Michael Kay net worth

Michael Kay was born on February 2, 1961 (age 62 years) in New York, New York, United States. He is the son of American parents, his mother Rose Kay. A fan of the Yankees, Kay wore number 1 in Little League for his favorite player, Bobby Murcer. Wanting to be the Yankees announcer when he grew up, he did all the school reports that he could about the Yankees, so he could know all about them. Kay began reporting as a youth at the Bronx High School of Science and then at Fordham University for WFUV. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Fordham.


Michael Kay began his professional career with the New York Post in 1982 as a general assignment writer, with sports-specific assignments to college basketball, the National Basketball Association and the New Jersey Nets happening over time. He received the writing assignment covering the Yankees in 1987. In 1989, Kay left the Post for the Daily News, still primarily covering the Yankees.

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Kay also served as the Madison Square Garden Network Yankee reporter starting in 1989. In 1992–99, he was MSG’s locker room reporter for the New York Knicks. He had previously worked for the network as a contributor on the news-format sports show MSG SportsDesk. Kay left the Daily News to host a sports talk show on WABC in 1992, briefly returning to write “Kay’s Korner” for the Daily News in 1993, before taking a job doing radio broadcasts of New York Yankee games with John Sterling.

He also worked as a reporter for Fox Sports Net in the late 1990s. Kay spent a decade partnered with Sterling as the radio announcer of the team on WABC from 1992 to 2001. Kay and Sterling also paired together in 1998 for Sports Talk with John Sterling and Michael Kay, a nightly radio show which aired on WABC. During the baseball season, the duo hosted Yankee Talk, a weekend pre-game radio show.

Michael Kay hosted his own show on WABC from 1992 to 1993. Kay continued during that time as a spot reporter on ABC Radio, doing off-season shows with Sterling and as a fill-in sports reporter on WABC-TV. When ESPN Radio began leasing (and later purchasing) WEVD radio in 2001, Kay was chosen to host a daily radio show on the newly rechristened “1050 ESPN Radio”.

Kay moved to the debuting YES Network on television and Sterling remained on the radio when WCBS acquired the radio rights to the Yankees broadcasts in 2002. Kay has been the Yankees’ lead television play-by-play announcer ever since. He has worked with a series of partners on YES, often with three or four different partners in the same season. Most have been former professional players, including Ken Singleton, David Cone, Al Leiter, Paul O’Neill, Jim Kaat, John Flaherty, Joe Girardi, Lou Piniella, and Bobby Murcer.

He calls about 125 games a year for the YES Network and Prime Video (the Prime games were formerly broadcast in the Yankees’ territory by a network led by WPIX-TV). In 2008, Major League Baseball invited Kay to call the Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium during that year’s All-Star festivities. On September 21, 2008, he joined Jon Miller and Joe Morgan to call the seventh inning of ESPN’s broadcast of the final home game at Yankee Stadium against the Baltimore Orioles.

According to Miller, Kay was brought in because ESPN felt that they should include the local aspects of broadcasting for the Yankees for this special game, as the YES Network was not allowed to cover the game. Since the late 1990s, Kay and Sterling have co-emceed such events as the Yankees’ annual Old-Timers’ Day ceremony as well as players’ number retirements, anniversary celebrations for the team’s World Series victories, and the City Hall celebrations after Yankees’ World Series victories.

Michael Kay and Sterling also provided play-by-play commentary for Nintendo 64’s All-Star Baseball video games from 1999 to 2001. In addition to his Yankees work, Kay has called play-by-play of several postseason games on ESPN Radio, including the 2008 NLDS between the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers, the 2013 ALDS between the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics, and Game 3 of the 2016 ALDS between the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays.

In January 2022, ESPN hired Kay and Alex Rodriguez to broadcast an alternate Sunday Night Baseball broadcast on ESPN2, similar to the critically acclaimed “Manningcast” for Monday Night Football. In 2002, he began hosting a drive-time talk show on WEPN (the former WEVD). That same year he began hosting the YES Network’s CenterStage, a sports and entertainment interview-format show.

During past baseball seasons, Kay frequently broadcast live from the vicinity of the stadium that the Yankees were playing in that evening (his contractual exclusivity prohibited him from hosting the show from inside Yankee Stadium). This is no longer the case. From 2009 until 2011, the 6:00 hour had been co-titled New York Baseball Tonight throughout the baseball season. Kay did not usually appear during that hour if he was broadcasting a Yankee game that evening. Don La Greca often hosted this segment and appeared with Kay on the rest of The Michael Kay Show.

When Michael Kay is on the air for the end of his program, he usually signs off with the following: “In the words of Billy Joel, life is a series of hellos and goodbyes, and I’m afraid it’s time for goodbye again,” before promoting the following program. Kay opened his first-ever simulcast on the YES Network on February 3, 2014, by dumping a bottle of Diet Coke into the garbage, a move meant to poke fun at the channel’s former occupant Mike Francesa. The canned action was widely criticized.

In 2003, Michael Kay was added to the Bronx Walk of Fame. In 2007, Kay was nominated for a number of New York Emmy Awards for his work with the YES Network, both for Yankees broadcasts and for his highly-rated interview program Centerstage. Kay won one New York Emmy for his work on the YES Network as part of the team of the NYY broadcast: New York Yankees Baseball “Manny vs. NY – Yankees/Red Sox- 5/24/06.” (YES Network).

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Michael Kay was on the MSG team in 1998 that won an Emmy for Outstanding Live Sports Coverage—Series. In 1996 and 1997 he was a member of the MSG team that won Emmys for Outstanding Live Sports Coverage—Single Program for Dwight Gooden’s no-hitter and The Battle for New York: Yankees vs. Mets, and he was awarded the Dick Young Award for Excellence in Sports Media by the New York Pro Baseball Scouts in 1995, and the award for Best Sports Reporter at the 2000 New York Metro Achievement in Radio Awards.


Michael Kay is happily married to his lovely wife Jodi Applegate, they had their wedding on February 12, 2011. His wife is a television journalist and their marriage ceremony was officiated by former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani. Guests included former Yankees such as Al Leiter, Tino Martinez, Paul O’Neill, actor Robert De Niro, actor Bobby Cannavale, Billy Crystal, and actor/uncle Danny Aiello. Michael Kay and his wife Jodi Applegate have two children: a daughter, Caledonia Kay, born in 2013 and a son, Charles Kay, born in 2014. As of February 2023, Kay and his wife Jodi Applegate reside in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Michael Kay net worth

How much is Michael Kay worth? Michael Kay net worth is estimated at around $5 million. His main source of income is from his primary work as a sports broadcaster. Michael Kay’s salary per month and other career earnings are over $450,000 dollars annually. His remarkable achievements have earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. He is one of the richest and most influential sports broadcasters in the United States. He stands at an appealing height of 1.75m and has a good body weight which suits his personality.