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Chris Myers
Myers in 2016
Born
Christopher Patrick Myers

(1959-03-28) March 28, 1959 (age 62)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
OccupationSportscaster

Christopher Patrick Myers [1] (born March 28, 1959) is an American sportscaster. A native of Miami, FL with more than 30 years in broadcasting, he has covered the Super Bowl, the World Series, the NBA Finals, the NCAA Final Four, The Masters, the U.S. Open, the Triple Crown, the Olympics, and the Daytona 500.

Early life and career

Chris Myers broke into broadcasting as a 16-year-old high school student when he hosted his own show on Miami’s WKAT radio.[citation needed] He graduated from Chaminade High School, followed by Miami Dade Community College and Florida International University. In the 1980s, Myers hosted a sports radio call-in show on WIOD-AM in Miami before moving to New Orleans to work for broadcast station WWL.

ESPN (1988–1998)

Myers spent ten years (1988-1998) at ESPN, hosting SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, and other shows. He received an Emmy for the interview program Up Close, on which he was the first to conduct live interviews with O. J. Simpson after both his murder trial and wrongful death civil lawsuit.

Myers reported during the 1989 San Francisco earthquake at the World Series. He was the only on-scene reporter who stayed on the air through the night broadcasting from Atlanta during the Centennial Olympic Park bombing.[citation needed]

Fox Sports (1998–present)

In December 1998, Myers joined Fox Sports and Fox Sports Net, where he was one of the original anchors of The National Sports Report and the weekly sports magazine program Goin' Deep. In 2005, he debuted The Chris Myers Interview on FSN (which would later go on to become a podcast[2]). In 2000, Myers joined Fox Sports Radio where he currently hosts his own interview show, CMI, which is heard on over 200 affiliates. Myers conducted the last public interview with the late John Wooden in April 2010 on CMI.

Myers has been the studio host for Fox NASCAR coverage since it began in 2001 up until 2018 when FOX Sports went to a studio format in their Charlotte Studios. He also serves as an announcer and/or a reporter for Fox NFL, Fox College Football, and Fox Major League Baseball, and was a reporter for Fox's coverage of the Bowl Championship Series.

Myers has been a reporter on multiple Super Bowls[3] and World Series for the Fox television network.

Fox NFL

Myers has worked for Fox NFL (NFL on FOX) since 2003 as either a play-by-play commentator and/or a sideline reporter.[4]

Myers has been working NFL play-by play for Fox since 2005. He has a full NFL play-by-play schedule with Daryl Johnston and sideline reporter Laura Okmin. Myers' previous NFL on FOX partners include: Tim Ryan and Ronde Barber.

During Fox's coverage of the NFC playoffs and the Super Bowl (when FOX has the rights to it), Myers joins Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, and Erin Andrews.

During a Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints game, on September 13, 2009, Myers made a remark about linebacker Larry Foote's decision to leave the perennially strong Pittsburgh Steelers to play for Detroit, "That's like going from dating Beyoncé to Whoopi Goldberg!".[5][6][7][8]

Myers visited the American armed forces in Qatar on behalf of Fox Sports, and gave a live broadcast with the armed forces on the pre-game show before the New Orleans Saints played the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day 2010.

MLB on Fox

On July 14, 2012, Myers called his first MLB on Fox game with Eric Karros when the New York Mets played against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Myers called MLB games for Fox in 2012 and 2013, before moving back to the studio for the 2014 season.

In 2014, Myers began hosting MLB Whiparound, a nightly show aired weeknights on Fox Sports 1 featuring quick turnaround-highlights, news, and analysis live from Los Angeles.

Fox NASCAR (2001–present)

Myers, along with Jeff Hammond, Darrell Waltrip, and Michael Waltrip, formerly hosted NASCAR RaceDay, Pizza Hut Prerace Show, and NASCAR Victory Lane during Fox's coverage of NASCAR. His first NASCAR race was the 2001 Daytona 500 where the finish was overshadowed by the death of Dale Earnhardt. Days before the beginning of the 2012 season, his son Christopher was killed in an auto accident. Myers took a bereavement leave and returned to the broadcast two weeks later. For 2019 and 2020, Myers' FOX NASCAR schedule was reduced to just the Daytona 500 only. In 2021, Myers returned to hosting pre-race coverage at the track for the entire portion of Fox’s broadcast season, this time being joined by Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer.[9]

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (2017–present)

In 2017, Myers was named host for FS1's evening coverage of both nights of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, initially with WKC Director of Communications Gail Miller Bisher, dog show judge Jason Hoke was added in 2018. Myers also in 2017, hosted Fox's annual documentary on the event, Crowned: Inside the Westminister Dog Show.

Boxing on Fox (2019–present)

In 2019, Myers began doing play-by-play and hosting for Fox's Premier Boxing Champions broadcasts.

Fox Sports: The Home Game (2020-present)

Myers hosts the sports and pop culture game show Fox Sports: The Home Game along with two celebrity guests each week.[10]

Other appearances

Myers has hosted shows and events on the Discovery Channel, Tennis Channel, Military Channel, and Marquee Sports Network and has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! numerous times. Myers also serves as the play-by-play commentator for Tampa Bay Buccaneers preseason games that air locally on WTSP-TV, after having the same role for WFLA-TV from 2003-2010. In 2021 Myers was named as a fill-in announcer for Chicago Cubs telecasts on Marquee Sports.[11]

In 2001 Myers made a cameo appearance in the movie Rat Race.

References

  1. ^ "Chris Myers". IMDb. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  2. ^ White, Peter (20 August 2020). "PodcastOne Strikes Exclusive Deal For 'CMI: The Chris Myers Interview'". Deadline. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  3. ^ Reedy, Joe (January 31, 2020). "Sideline view: Erin Andrews, Chris Myers have key role for Super Bowl". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Chris Myers Talks Short-Notice NFL Studio Show Duties". www.sportsbusinessdaily.com. November 23, 2020. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Chris Myers On Playing In Detroit: Like Going From Beyonce To Whoopi Goldberg". Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  6. ^ A.J. Daulerio. "Chris Myers Compares Playing For Detroit To Dating Whoopi Goldberg". Deadspin. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  7. ^ Shadow and Act. "Shadow and Act New Home - Shadow and Act". Shadow and Act. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Chris Myers thinks playing for the Lions is like dating Whoopi Goldberg". MLive.com. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  9. ^ @The_ChrisMyers (31 January 2021). "Thanks .. prerace show from the track is the plan with Jeff Gordon & Clint Bowyer" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. ^ Clapp, Matt (16 April 2020). "FS1 launching 'Fox Sports: The Home Game,' a trivia game show hosted by Chris Myers". Awful Announcing. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  11. ^ Stebbins, Tim (February 17, 2021). "Marquee announces three fill-in broadcasters for Sciambi". NBC Sports Chicago.