“You gave me a chance, a breath, a life and a career.”


One of the most notable recent radio careers came from Steve Somers, who had been to famous New York station WFAN. since its launch in 1987, starting as a night host and moving to roles mid-morning and then evening. Somers, 74 announced last month that he would be retiring from full-time radio work “sooner rather than later”, and that happened this weekend; Somers hosted her last regular show Friday, then fully said goodbye Monday on a 90-minute special. Somers has had an incredible impact on New York sports radio and sports radio in general over the course of his career, from his slogans to his “schmoozing”, and it was shown in many tributes paid to him on Monday. Here are a few, with ESPN Monday night football the voice of Steve Levy (who made his WFAN debut), former WFAN hosts Mike Francesa and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, and comedy legend Jerry Seinfeld (who regularly featured on the Somers show inasmuch as “Jerry from Queens”Before a quarrel and then a reunion), Going through Russ Heltman at Barrett Sports Media:

“I just wanted to thank you for the way you treated me when I was so young and didn’t know anything,” Levy said as he called Somers Last Hour. “You have taught a lot of people about the industry. How to respect your audience, how you treated them, and last thanks, Steve. You contributed to the success of the very first radio station entirely devoted to sport in the country. “

…. “Yours is a little different because I was always going to work,” Russo said of his transition from WFAN. “I was just going to do it in a different place and look for a new challenge. You are going to enter a retirement scenario where you can do whatever you want. You can wake up at 2 o’clock in the afternoon… go see a movie, you can do whatever you want. For the first time in your life, you are not constrained by a schedule.

… During his conversation with Francesa, the former afternoon king told Somers he was “as important a part of her as anyone who has ever walked through the gates.” Francesa praised the impact Somers had on the station to which Somers later added “I’m surprised Mike hasn’t called me a compiler for 34 years.”

… Seinfeld told Somers during their on-air chat that he is one of New York’s greatest sports voices. He then thanked Steve on behalf of all New York sports fans who appreciated his rhythms, humor and humanity. Seinfeld concluded by telling Somers, “No one has done the job in the openings like you have. “

Here’s one of those openings, featuring Seinfeld himself:

And here’s how WFAN hosts Gregg Gianotti and Craig Carton presented Somers with a plaque renaming the station’s break room in his honor on Monday:

And here’s how Somers signed on:

More clips from Somers’ latest shows are available on the WFAN website, and Heitman has a more complete transcript of his last day at Barrett Sports Media. Somers will certainly be remembered, and he will certainly be missed. A 34-year-old run is remarkable at any station, but it is especially remarkable at WFAN given that their time there dated back to the early days of the station and given the number of other people who have come and gone. of this station over the years. Hopefully Somers has a great retirement.

[WFAN, Barrett Sports Media; photo via WFAN on Twitter]


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