John Sterling, the longtime radio voice of the New York Yankees, also serves as the Emmy winning host of “Yankeeography” and “Yankees Classics” on the YES Network. Since joining the network in 2002 he has worked in many different capacities. In addition to his YES hosting duties, Sterling is the network's play-by-play voice for Ivy League football and basketball. He has also served as a play-by-play announcer for several New Jersey Nets games on YES.
Sterling has been the radio voice of the Yankees since the 1989 season, becoming one of the most recognizable announcers in the game. Previously, Sterling and Michael Kay hosted “Sport Talk with John Sterling and Michael Kay,” an MSG Network produced sports call-in radio show that featured the pair discussing a wide array of sports topics on 77WABC during the winter months. During the baseball season, Sterling and Kay hosted the radio show Yankee Talk, which aired prior to all weekend Yankees games.
Sterling joined WABC Radio in 1989 from TBS television and WSB Radio, where he called Atlanta Hawks games from 1981-89 and Braves games from 1982-87. In 1981, he handled play-by-play chores in Washington D.C. for the Bullets on WDCA-TV.
In 1975, Sterling worked as play-by-play announcer for the New York Nets and the New York Islanders on WMCA Radio in New York. He called Islanders broadcasts until 1978 while continuing to call Nets action until 1980. Prior to calling games for the Nets and Islanders, Sterling announced Morgan State football on the radio from 1971-78 and hosted a talk show on WMCA Radio in New York.
An "Iron Man" of the broadcasting booth, Sterling has compiled a streak of consecutive games on the air, dating back to the start of the 1981-82 Atlanta Hawks season. During his 17 seasons as the Yankee's announcer he has never missed a game, including the 2005 season in which he called every pitch of every game.