Things are getting a little heated at ESPN New York, as Michael Kay threatened a producer of another radio show after he criticized recent ratings.
«The Michael Kay Show» featured during the afternoon tour, and «DiPietro & Rothenberg» morning sports talk radio show they have been rivals despite being under the same umbrella. Lately, the morning has been doing better than the afternoon.
But Kay didn’t like it when a producer for Rick DiPietro and Dave Rothenberg criticized his ratings during a recent broadcast.
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«Is it the fear that this show is now on the rise, and that show has gone in the other direction lately?» Santiago said after it was mentioned that the Kay show continues to mention DiPietro and Rothenberg.
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After hearing the sound bite last Friday, Kay looked directly into her YES Network camera and headed off to Santiago.
«Ray Santiago made a comment about the ratings?» Kay said. «Do you realize, Ray, that all I would have to do is make one phone call and you would be on the unemployment line? You have the nerve say something like that about this show? One phone call, which I’m considering making, and you’ll be fired. Do you realize that?»
Kay finished by saying that she won’t be mentioning the morning show anymore, but the anger was certainly present in her brief monologue.
«The Michael Kay Show» was in full swing when it bested WFAN’s Mike Francesa in the afternoon. However, after initial success when Craig Carton returned with Evan Roberts in the afternoon, WFAN has been gaining in recent ratings.
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The New York Post recently reported that Kay, the longtime New York Yankees broadcaster, is considering retiring from sports talk radio.
Kay spent a full decade partnering with the legendary John Sterling at WABC from 1992 to 2001.
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When YES Network started, Kay was immediately brought in while Sterling remained on the radio, which he still does to this day.