Gary Cohen
Gary Cohen 2009.jpg
Cohen in 2009
Born (1958-04-29) April 29, 1958 (age 64)
NationalityAmerican
EducationColumbia University, '81
B.S., Political Science
OccupationNew York Mets play-by-play announcer
Years active1983–present
SpouseLynn Cohen
Children5

Gary Cohen (born April 29, 1958) is an American sportscaster, best known as a radio and television play-by-play announcer for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball.

Cohen currently calls Mets broadcasts for SNY and WPIX and Seton Hall basketball games on WNYM.

Career

Cohen graduated with a political science degree in 1981 from Columbia University, where he began his broadcasting career with WKCR Sports. While at Columbia, he announced soccer games with future presidential adviser and Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos.[1]

Prior to joining the Mets' broadcast team in 1989, Cohen worked as the voice of the minor league Spartanburg Spinners (1983–1984), Durham Bulls (1986), and Pawtucket Red Sox (1987–1988).[2] He also called ice hockey and basketball games for Providence College from 1988 to 1989, and football for Brown University in 1987.[2] Along with his work with the Mets, Cohen has also called postseason MLB games for ESPN Radio and CBS Radio.[2]

In addition to his baseball duties, Cohen has called men's college basketball games for many years, starting with his duties with St. John's on WFAN, for which he broadcast from 1995 to 2002.[2] Following WFAN's loss of the radio rights to St. John's games, Cohen began broadcasting Seton Hall games, which he continues to do to this day. He also served as a backup announcer on New York Rangers radio broadcasts, called Olympic hockey at the 1992, 1994, and 1998 Winter Olympics, and NCAA tournament games for Westwood One on multiple occasions.[2]

In September 2022, Cohen pre-recorded annoucements along MTA New York City Transit's 7 line.

Television

It was announced on November 9, 2005, that Cohen would become the play-by-play announcer for the new Mets cable television network, SportsNet New York (SNY). As part of the agreement, Cohen also calls about 25 Mets games per year on WPIX along with analysts (and former Mets) Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez.[citation needed]

Personal life

He is married to Lynn Cohen, and lives in Connecticut. He has five children.[3]

References

  1. ^ Koblin, John (July 15, 2009). "The Anti-Homers". The New York Observer. Archived from the original on July 19, 2009. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Gary Cohen". newyork.mets.mlb.com. Archived from the original on 24 July 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  3. ^ "SNY.tv: sny_announcers: Mets On-Air Talent". Retrieved 2016-05-14.