Is Yankees announcer Michael Kay’s ESPN radio show in danger?

Michael Kay is down in the count.

Kay, who calls New York Yankees games on YES Network, hosts ESPN Radio’s afternoon lineup and takes on WFAN’s Carton & Roberts.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports “The second month of Afternoon Game radio was a blast with Carton & Roberts beating The Michael Kay Show with a 6.3 to 3.2 audience share. C&R was second in the market, while Kay was 13th. … Carton & Roberts has already won the first month, which means that with one month to go, it will win the whole spring book.

That Carton & Roberts dominates the time slot is no surprise. Last year, Kay told the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch that he may never be able to top Craig Carton and Evan Roberts. From Newsday:

“I work for two Tiffany brands. I can’t really get down on ESPN. I can’t come down and be connected to the Yankees. Now, Michael Kay the person, if I wasn’t logged in, I could sink as low as anyone, believe me. But I kind of have handcuffs, and Craig and Evan don’t. … Early ratings would indicate (beating Carton and Roberts is) is going to be very tough to do. It is a destination station, FAN. People think of talking about sports, they think of FAN in New York.

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Kay’s show ended a nearly two-decade odyssey when she finally won a book about a soon-to-retire Mike Francesa at the end of 2019. The show then maintained its stance on WFAN during the Chris Carlin -Maggie Gray-Bart Scott, Maggie Gray-Bart Scott, and Joe Benigno-Roberts before WFAN brought Carton back to the station in fall 2020, three years after he resigned from WFAN’s morning show following an arrest for fraud federal government and approximately five months after his release from prison following his conviction.

Carton and Roberts quickly overtook Kay once they were paired up and it looks like they’ll stay ahead, having officially brought WFAN back to glory and ending the dominance of local sports talk.

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